Various Artists - Soul Comes Home

Soul Comes Home

(Shout! Factory/Stax)

First Appeared at The Music Box, May 2004, Volume 11, #5

Written by John Metzger


Soul Comes Home might not be the all-inclusive, ultimate collection of Stax sounds, but its 16 tracks, which were recorded at a concert held in Memphis on April 30, 2003 to celebrate the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, largely hit the mark. William Bellís rendition of his classic You Donít Miss Your Water is profoundly powerful; Solomon Burke delivers an exuberantly stunning cover of Try a Little Tenderness; Booker T. & the MGs (the Stax house-band) offers a fiery interpretation of its instrumental gem Green Onions; Little Milton digs deep into the shimmering strains of Thatís What Love Will Make You Do; and Al Green unleashes not one, but two blissful tunes (Letís Stay Together and Love and Happiness) from his exquisite catalog. Indeed, though the Stax label collapsed in 1975, its music will live forever, and the rousing set Soul Comes Home endearingly illustrates why it was home to one of the most vibrant and vital assemblages of artists that ever existed. starstarstar Ĺ

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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