Posts Tagged ‘Stax’

Charles ‘Packy’ Axton “Late Late Party 1965-67″ CD/LP PRE-ORDER!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

In the vast netherworld of soul there are countless characters that reside on the fringe, their significant contributions to American music history long forgotten. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, tenor saxophone player and bandleader Charles ‘Packy’ Axton is yet another of the uncelebrated, despite a deep pedigree and funky catalogue of notable grooves. Part of the mighty Stax family through birth—Packy’s mother Estelle Axton and uncle Jim Stewart founded the southern R&B dynasty in the early 1960’s—Packy picked up the sax at a young age, and after linking with future Booker T. & the M.G.’s Steve Cropper and Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, formed the The Mar-Keys. Almost reaching the top of the R&B and pop charts in 1961 with the classic “Last Night,” friction caused by Packy’s party going ways caused a split. It wasn’t until 1965 that the wild child had another national instrumental hit on his hands, “Hole In The Wall” by the Packers, chronicled by Light In The Attic Records in the first ever anthology of Axton’s work: Late Late Party 1965-67.

Charles 'Packy' Axton "Late Late Party 1965-67" stacked up!

Despite the loving support of his musically minded mother, Packy was ostracized from Stax proper through a rift with Stewart because of his casual approach and oft-eccentric ways. Packy preferred hanging out and playing music with local black musicians, something that in the racially tense south, was viewed negatively by some. Still, throughout the mid-1960’s, Packy recorded a series of hard, short, and down home R&B stompers at Royal and Ardent Recording Studios by heavyweight producer John Fry (Big Star, Isaac Hayes, Ry Cooder), accompanied by legendary Stax and Hi Records dynamos Steve CropperBooker T., and Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson). Featuring songs released on labels such as Bar Records, Hollywood, Pure Soul Music, and U.S.A. Records (not to mention several unreleased gems) Late Late Party 1965-67 includes seventeen powerful instrumental and vocal tracks for your listening pleasure. Supplemented by Memphis-writer Andria Lisle’s extensive liner notes, unpublished photographs, and featuring lovingly remastered audio, Late Late Party is shines a light on an overlooked part of the Stax story. Essential listening.

Charles 'Packy' Axton "Late Late Party 1965-67" CD and LP

For more info, audio samples and to pre-order Charles ‘Packy’ Axton Late Late Party 1965-67 (LITA 067 -CD|LP+Download Card for Unreleased Track|DIGITAL), click HERE!

Charles “Packy” Axton Listening Party in Memphis at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

For all of our Memphis friends, save the date of August 23rd for a very special engagement at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Charles “Packy” Axton - Late Late Party 1965-67 is the first ever anthology of Packy’s work as a band leader/songwriter and we are very honored to celebrate this release on Packy’s home turf in Memphis at the legendary Stax Museum. Spread the word with this Facebook event! Details below.

Listening Party - Charles “Packy” Axton – Late Late Party 1965-67 (LITA 067 CD | LP)
Stax Museum of American Soul Music – 926 East McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN
Tuesday, August 23rd from 4-6PM

Charles “Packy” Axton – “Late Late Party 1965-67″ – What’s Inside???

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Here’s a little treat for all of you who are asking…man, that “Packy” Axton release looks sick but what’s inside? Well, here you go:

Charles “Packy” Axton – Late Late Party 1965-67 (LITA 067 – CD | LP | DIGITAL) OUT NOW!

Wendy Rene “After Laughter Comes Tears” Anthology OUT TODAY!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Here it is! Out today – Wendy Rene After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965 (LITA 080 – CD | 2xLP | Digital). Collecting for the first time ever all of Wendy Rene’s recorded output (including two songs never before heard!), After Laughter is an essential document of this Memphis Southern soul legend. Spanning her earliest recordings with The Drapels to her final sessions in ’65, this anthology includes her most well-known songs “After Laugher” (as sampled by Wu-Tang Clan on 36 Chambers and featuring Booker T. Jones), “Bar-B-Q” (co-written with and featuring Steve Cropper) in addition to never before heard greasy jams like “I Wish I Were That Girl” and “He Hasn’t Failed Me Yet.”

Both the CD and 2xLP versions feature book-deep liner notes interviewing Wendy Rene by Memphian Andria Lisle (who also penned notes for our Jim Sullivan, Lou Bond, and Charles ‘Packy’ Axton releases), with many rare photos provided by Wendy Rene, unseen shots of original tape boxes, and original 45 labels. And what else? 2xLP housed in an extra thick Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket with a gloss so shiny you’ll need shades to keep from going blind. And for all you heads out there, we couldn’t resist cribbing the Volt logo for the CD/LP labels…smooth!

For the full visual/audio scoop, check out the “What’s Inside?” videos below and hop on over here to pick up your copy today!

Free Basin’ Fridays – Grab some BBQ with Wendy Rene!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Oh yeah, the hits just keep coming. For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays giveaway, we’re gonna float one lucky winner both a CD and 2xLP copy of our latest release Wendy Rene After Laughter Comes Tears – Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965 (LITA 080). You know the drill, leave a comment below (favorite BBQ joint in Memphis? Fav Stax song/artist/story? First time you heard Wu-Tang’s “Tearz” which samples Wendy Rene?) and don’t forget to include your name and email so we can contact you if you win! Winner announced on Twitter and Facebook on Friday 2/17 at 12PM PST!

Wendy Rene – Listening Party in Los Angeles! Free BBQ and Beer!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Come celebrate the first ever anthology of Stax/Volt recording artist and Memphis soul legend, Wendy Rene. After Laughter Comes Tears (out now!), includes all of Wendy Rene’s singles on Stax and Volt, plus many rarities, all recorded between 1964 and ’65. For all those who couldn’t make it to the Stax Museum last week, we’re bringing a little Memphis to you! Come to the Old Style Guitar Shop in Silverlake and enjoy some delicious BBQ (plus some veggie options) and cold beer, on us! We’ll spin the record in its entirety followed by a slew of other good tunes chosen by your’s truly.

Hope to see you all there!

Wendy Rene | Listening Party! | 3/3/12 | 5PM – 8PM | FREE!
Old Style Guitar Shop
510 N Hoover St.
Los Angeles, CA

Record Store Day 2012 – Lee Hazlewood “The LHI Years” 2xLP & Stax 10x 45 Box Set

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

We’ll bet all of you were starting to wonder, “hey, what’s Light In The Attic got up their sleeve for Record Store Day?”. Well, no more sleepless nights tossing and turning in constant anticipation…here’s a sneak peek at our Record Store Day 2012 (April 21) releases. Stay tuned next week for in-depth info about each release plus those snazzy “What’s Inside?” videos showing off these two glorious sets. But for now, let’s just say that we are very, very, very excited to share these with you all.

Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71) (LITA 084)

  • Cuts from essential albums like Cowboy In Sweden and features duets with Suzi Jane Hokom, Ann-Margret and Nina Lizell
  • Audio re-mastered from original tapes
  • Unreleased song “I Just Learned To Run”
  • In-depth liner notes & unseen photographs
  • 50 random LP copies include a limited LHI Records patch!!!!

With his handlebar moustache and booming baritone, Lee Hazlewood was one of the defining stars of the late ‘60s. Though he’s perhaps best known for his work with Nancy Sinatra (including writing mega-hit “These Boots Are Made For Walking”), Hazlewood did stunning work away from that particular glamour queen and found latter day champions in Beck, Sonic Youth, and Jarvis Cocker. Now, for Record Store Day 2012, we are kicking off our excavation of the Lee Hazlewood archives with this anthology, Singles, Nudes & Backsides, collecting the best of Lee’s solo songs and duets from his LHI (Lee Hazlewood Industries) imprint. 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton “tip-on” jacket, includes 8-page book-deep liner notes and OBI card. CD version available 4/25. Wonder what’s behind that OBI card? Guess you’ll have to wait to see…

v/A Never To Be Forgotten – The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (LITA 085)

  • Only 4,000 hand-numbered copies worldwide
  • *Fifteen* random copies include autographed photos
  • Meticulously remastered from the original tapes
  • Ten 45rpm singles featuring original label and sleeve art and housed in a gorgeous custom made magnetic flip-top box
  • Extensive 84-page bound booklet brimming with informative interviews with the surviving musicians contained within and liner notes by Memphis writer Andria Lisle, candid photographs, and personal anecdotes from Stax enthusiasts and label veterans Stewart, co-owner Al Bell, and promotions manager Phillip Rauls.
  • Includes Download Card for full free download of set

Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968-1974 is our love letter to some of the lesser-known Stax Records artists, collected and presented in a knock-out 7” vinyl box set. Containing 10 faithfully reproduced 45-rpm singles from Mable John, Bernie Hayes, Lee Sain, Melvin Van Peebles, Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and John Gary Williams, in addition to label stalwarts Johnnie Taylor, Mad Lads, Emotions, and Rufus Thomas, prepare to move, groove, and be enthused. Never To Be Forgotten comes housed in a beautiful flip-top container case replete with an extensive 84-page bounded booklet brimming with informative interviews with the surviving musicians contained within and liner notes by Memphis writer Andria Lisle, candid photographs, and personal anecdotes from Stax enthusiasts and label veterans Stewart, co-owner Al Bell, and promotions manager Phillip Rauls. Plus, a free Download Card for those turntable-less moments. If you loved the Wheedle’s Groove box set, than you will flip for this one.

Memphis Record Store Day Crawl – April 21, 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

We love a lot of stuff: Memphis, Stax, Record Store Day, Shangri-La, Goner, and Satellite record shops…so why not celebrate all this? Presented by Light In The Attic Records in celebration of the Record Store Day release of Never to Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974, a limited edition, lavishly packaged love letter to the final years of Stax Records! This 45 rpm box set and book (limited to 4,000 hand-numbered copies) will be available at the following locations. Visit Memphis’ independent record stores for giveaways, artist meet-and-greets, and more! Share with your friends here and help spread the word!

2-3 pm | Shangri-la Records
1916 Madison Ave, 38104. (901) 274.1916
Featuring DJ Buck Wilders

3-4 pm | Goner Records
2152 Young Ave, 38104. (901) 722.0095
Featuring DJ Hot Tub Eric

4-6 pm | Satellite Record Shop
Located inside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave, 38106. (901) 942-SOUL
Featuring DJs Leroy and Jones. Free admission to the museum 4-6 pm!

Free Basin’ Fridays – Stax and Lee Hazlewood Record Store Day MEGA-PACK!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Record Store Day is fast approaching…just 8 days away! To celebrate, we’re giving a away a mega package of our two Record Store Day 2012 releases PLUS more extras than you can shake a stick at. So what’s the deal? Well…check the info below and be sure to watch the “What’s Inside?” videos for the full scoop on each release.

Package Includes:

Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71) – 2xLP

PLUS – LHI embroidered patch and 4 LITA buttons (LITA, LHI logo, Lee, and “I Mustache Lee Hazlewood”)

v/a Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 – 10x 7″ 45 Box Set

PLUS – 4 autographed photos (Lee Sain, John Gary Williams, Roy Lee Johnson, and Bernie Hayes)!

For your chance to win, leave a comment below and show some love for Stax Records and Lee Hazlewood. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook and Twitter next Friday, April 20th and 12PM PST. So be sure to like us and follow us to see if you won! Don’t sleep on this one!

Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968 – 1974 | Ten 45rpm 7″ Box Set with Download Card | What’s Inside? from Light In The Attic Records on Vimeo.

Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, And Backsides | 2xLP | What’s Inside? from Light In The Attic Records on Vimeo.

Record Store Day 2012 – A Light In The Attic Guide

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Can’t believe that it’s only 4 days until Record Store Day! Like you, we’re busy planning our day to maximise the scoring of all these rad releases this year. And of course, we have to fit in a whole host of Light In The Attic events, DJ sets and giveaways. To help make sense of  it all, we’ve collected below all you need to know to add a little LITA to your RSD. For more info about the releases, check out this blog post.  See you out there and remember everyone, play nice!

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC – OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES

Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71) | LITA 084 | 2xLP

* Cuts from essential albums like Cowboy In Sweden
* Features duets with Suzi Jane Hokom, Ann-Margret and Nina Lizell
* Audio re-mastered from original tapes
* Unreleased song “I Just Learned To Run”
* In-depth liner notes & unseen photographs
* 50 random LP copies include a limited LHI Records patch!

v/a - Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 | LITA 085 | 10x 45rpm Box Set + Book

* Only 4,000 hand-numbered copies worldwide
* Fifteen random copies include autographed photos
* Meticulously remastered from the original tapes
* Ten 45rpm singles featuring original label and sleeve art and housed in a gorgeous custom made magnetic flip-top box
* Extensive 84-page bound booklet brimming with informative interviews with the surviving musicians contained within and liner notes by Memphis writer Andria Lisle, candid photographs, and personal anecdotes from Stax enthusiasts and label veterans Stewart, co-owner Al Bell, and promotions manager Phillip Rauls.
* Includes free Download Card for full set

Memphis Record Store Day Crawl – Memphis, TN (various stores) – 2-6pm

* Celebrating our Stax 45 box set and the great city of Memphis, we’re presenting with Shangri-La Records, Goner Records, and the Stax Museeum of American Soul Music / Satellite Records a Record Store Day Crawl. DJ Buck Wilders, DJ Hot Tub Eric, and DJs Leory and Jones will be spinning rare soul and funk from Stax all through the day. For exact times and more info on the parties, check out this blog post.

Matt & Patrick DJ Set @ Origami Vinyl – Los Angeles, CA – 1-2pm

* Origami Vinyl and The Echo are hosting this event in LA. Bands, records, more bands, more records, etc. It’s gonna be a blast and though we’ll be running around town all day hitting up shops, we’re gonna swoop in and DJ for an hour or so starting at 1pm. We’ll surely be playing a lot of Stax and Lee Hazlewood, in addition to old favorites from the catalog. Stop by and say hi! Share the Facebook event page here. We’ll also be out at Amoeba in Hollywood in the morning passing out donuts, buttons, and the new LITA Zine #4!

Josh Wright DJ Set @ Silver Platters (Northgate), presented by LITA and Fin Records – Seattle, WA – 1-3pm

* Josh is holding down the home front in Seattle this weekend, surely hitting up all our favorite stores in town. He’ll be spinning records at Silver Platters from 1 to 2pm. Fin Records will have J. Pinder spinning from 2:2:30 and Lincoln Barr (of Red Jacket Mine) will be spinning from 2:30 to 3pm. Magnolia Audio/Video in Seattle will provide a great sound system, featuring a Pro-Ject turntable, McIntosh amplification and Martin-Logan speakers! Hans from Magnolia will be on hand to answer questions and talk hi-fi. They’ll also have popcorn and lots of giveaways, so make to so come to our Northgate store on Record Store Day!