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Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story
Respect Yourself The Stax Records Story
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2007     2hr 35min

Funky. Emotional. Raw. Powerful. That was soul music in the Civil Rights era; and Stax Records did it like no other. Stax quickly became a hit-making machine, producing a massive catalog of Top 100 records that defined...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Other Music
Studio: Stax
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/02/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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*******What A Roster Of Stars********
Shell-Zee | Long Island, NY | 08/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've viewed this great documentry on PBS so I won't offer any assesment of the quality of the DVD and packaging. The story of STAX Records is what's significant here. And the fact that this story takes place in one of the most racially divided cities in the South is almost unbelievable. But the music and the vintage live performances are the real reasons to own this DVD. Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MG's, William Bell, Rufus & Carla Thomas, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Floyd and of course Otis Redding. Man with that kind of all-star roster who could compete with STAX?.....Who?.......Who you say?....You say that other soul label?.... That one way up North in Detroit?....You know the one they call Motor-Town or somethin' like 'dat....Surely You Jest!!!!!"
Soulsville U.S.A.
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This excellent documentary on the classic Stax Records label emerges as a fascinating social and cultural overview. From Booker T. and the MGs to the Staple Singers, the Stax icons are seen in all their glory. Filmmakers Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville have done a remarkable job chronicling the soulful triumphs and brutal realities of the Memphis hit factory. "Respect Yourself" packs a dynamic musical punch."
The Best Documentary On Stax So Far---Even Has Albert King
Perry Celestino | Tahmoor, NSW Australia | 10/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is the best, most comprehensive documentary on Stax Records ever released. It covers the entire history of Stax from its origins in Memphis to its resurrection as a part of the Fantasy Organization in the 1980s and 1990s. All the famous artists are there, unlike some of the other footage that has been released, starting with a French documentary in the early 1990s. It makes fascinating viewing for all Soul enthusiasts.

However, this is not meant to be a comprehensive review. This film's highlight is that it contains the rarest clip of Albert King EVER shown (this is besides his brief appearance in Wattstax and the bonus clip of him doing "I'll Play The Blues For You"). It is in colour and he is playing his break from "Blues Power". While the audio narration goes over part of this, if you are a Blues lover this is the rarest film of him ever shown. He is also playing his Korina wood Gibson Flying-V original "Lucy" (now worth in excess of $100,000). Wouldn't it be unbelieveable to see the entire concert--King at his height in the late 1960s! It is in colour and the sound is great too! To access it on the DVD-go to scene selection and view it from "CBS".

I apologise if my enthusiasm for this may be too much. But this is so rare, and even if it's only just over a minute, all Blues lovers should see this. It is at least 12 years earlier than anything ever released so far.

Plus the documentary is five stars too!!!!

Excellent Soul documentary
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 10/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary on the Stax soul powerhouse is very well done. Fine mix of rare performance clips and interviews that puts the story in full perspective. Those who have seen the documentary on PBS may be disappointed in the small number of extra features (just a rehearsal cut of the surviving MGs, William Bell, and Isaac Hayes done earlier this year), but that's okay, as the documenary itself does such a brilliant job.

The scenes where Stax was temporarily ruined by gangsters is an eerie foretelling of the Suge Knight/Death Row saga involving rap music in recent times. At least Stax and Motown never had shootouts with each other in spite of their rivalry (the Motown musician's snobbish comments about Stax and Otis Redding in particular will shock and anger many fans today).

Miraculously, the documentary ends on a high note in spite of the thuggery, mismanagement, and failure to read the fine print that doomed the label for a number of years. The scene of Booker T. and the MG's perfoming "Time is Tight" (trust me, you'll know this if you hear it) as the label's fortunes crumble is a masterpiece of editing.

On the whole, this documentary is as entertaining and inspiring as it is informative. However, their rivals in Detroit (Berry Gordy and co.) need to get with it and put some of their stuff on DVD as Stax is doing such an excellent job with this, the Otis Redding documentary, and the 1967 Live Stax-Volt Tour DVD.

Support these so that more classic soul can at long last be available on non-bootleg DVD in America."