Stax: The End of the Road

Channel 145-27

Episode date - November 6, 2015

For the past few shows, we did our best to convey how Stax was starting to careen out of control, but this is the show where the wheels fall off.

Leon Russell and Marc Benno: Look Inside the Asylum Choir

The Asylum Choir: Look Inside

Album #52

Episode date - October 28, 2015

For almost half a century, I’ve been waiting for the rest of the world to discover the charms of this record…tick, tick, tick…

Joy Fleming

Stax: Skidding Out of Control

Channel 145-26

Episode date - October 30, 2015

In our long tale regarding the history of Stax, we have reached the point where you can hear the organization skidding out of control.

Al Bell

Stax: Spiraling Downward

Channel 145-25

Episode date - October 23, 2015

When Al Bell sealed his distribution deal with Clive Davis of Columbia Records, he unwittingly also sealed the fate of Stax Records.

Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

Album #50

Episode date - October 21, 2015

I came late to the Small Faces.

The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle

Album #49

Episode date - October 14, 2015

If ever there was a record that did not get its due, this is it.

Stax: The Rise of Al Bell

Channel 145-24

Episode date - October 16, 2015

By 1972, Jim Stewart had become something of a shadow presence within his own organization.

Rufus Thomas - Itch and Scratch

Stax: The Apex

Channel 145-23

Episode date - October 9, 2015

On August 20,1972, Stax as an organization had reached its absolute peak.

The Velvet Underground: White Light, White Heat

The Velvet Underground: White Light, White Heat

Album #48 - January 1968

Episode date - October 7, 2015

This is probably the most difficult album to like on this entire list; easy to appreciate, but extremely difficult to ‘enjoy’.

Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle

Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle

Album #47

Episode date - September 30, 2015

What do you think would happen if somebody attempted to take the entire scope of American popular music from its inception until, let’s say, the First World War, and then condense all of it u