MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Stax/Volt reissues digital singles, Sam Smith sings”Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” & hear unreleased Radiohead song.

Photo: Concord Music Group
Photo: Concord Music Group

A bevy of artists who appeared on the Memphis Soul label Stax/Volt, including Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and Albert King will have their singles digitally reissued for the first time as part of a double box set collection.

The box sets will feature singles Stax/Volt released in the late Sixties through the mid-Seventies and picks up where the 1991 collection “The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959 – 1968” left off.

Rolling Stone writes

The two volumes contain music from the second half of Stax/Volt’s history, when it became an independent label after Atlantic stopped distributing its music in 1968. The collections include singles by Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Jean Knight and more. Many of the songs have never been available digitally. Volume 2 comprises nine CDs and 216 songs, including Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft,” the Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love.” Volume 3 spans 10 discs and 213 songs, including Shirley Brown’s “Woman to Woman” and the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” Stax/Volt went bankrupt in 1976.

The first reissue -Volume 2, covers singles released between 1968 and 1971 and debuts December 16th. The second, Volume 3, which includes songs from 1972 through 1975, comes out in the spring on 2o15.

Watch legendary Stax artist Otis Redding perform “Shake” live in 1966

Multiple Grammy nominated performer Sam Smith is getting into the Christmas spirit with a performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” albeit it’s a more somber, stripped-down version of the holiday classic.  Watch and listen below.

Radiohead mufti-instrumentalist & guitarist Johnny Greenwood has re-worked the Radiohead song “Spooks”  which was performed in concert but never released as a studio version.  Greenwood has given “Spooks” a do-over for the soundtrack of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s film “Inherent Vice,” which debuts December 12th and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson.

You can listen to the song on the Stereogum website here.


The collaboration marks the 3rd time Johnny Greenwood and Paul Thomas Anderson have worked together.  They have teamed up on soundtracks for 2007’s Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood and 2012’s The Master.

Watch fan video of Radiohead performing “Spooks” live in 2006 below.



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