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VA | Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos (2023)


Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos brings together 146 demos from the legendary Stax Records. Including 140 recordings that are previously unreleased, this collection combines both songwriter demos of some of music’s biggest songs with full blown arrangements of never released tracks. This 7-CD set, packaged in 7×7 boxset, also included a new essay by Stax’s original Director of Publicity Deanie Parker and GRAMMY-winning writer Robert Gordon alongside archival photos. It is compiled by multi-GRAMMY award winning producer Cheryl Pawelski. Craft Recordings

“Demo recordings are often tossed off without inhibition, just writer and tape recorder sharing an intimate space,” writes compilation producer Cheryl Pawelski. “I love all these songs as they tumbled out for the first time.

Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos

They’re filled with the joy and magic of discovering something that wasn’t there moments before. Suddenly, there it is, a song filled with the hope of finding an audience, of saying something, of moving someone.” That magic is palpable throughout Written in Their Soul, which captures some of America’s best songwriters laying down their ideas (often for the first time) on tape.
What fans might find the most striking is hearing the label’s biggest singles in their earliest incarnations. Such examples include Mack Rice’s acoustic demo of “Respect Yourself” (a 1971 hit by the Staple Singers), written alongside Luther Ingram. Gordon and Parker include an anecdote from Rice, who revealed that the song came about from a conversation with Ingram. “One of us said, ‘A guy got to respect himself out here to get anyplace, you know?’ So it hit us both at the same time – that’s a good title, ‘Respect Yourself’ is a good title.”

Audio CD:

Disc One: Stax Writers, Stax Releases (Part One)

  1. Comfort Me – Carla Thomas
  2. You Make A Strong Girl Weak – Jeanne & The Darlings
  3. What Did I Do Wrong – William Bell
  4. Another Night Without My Man – Carla Thomas
  5. I Got Everything I Need – Eddie Floyd
  6. Mister Fix It – Eddie Floyd
  7. I’ll Always Have Faith In You – Eddie Floyd
  8. Got To Make A Comeback – Eddie Floyd
  9. I’ve Seen What Loneliness Can Do – Homer Banks
  10. Slow Train – William Bell
  11. Hear My Call, Here – The Staple Singers
  12. Top Of The Mountain – The Staple Singers
  13. I See It – The Staple Singers
  14. The Ghetto – The Staple Singers
  15. You Can’t Win With A Losing Hand – Eddie Floyd
  16. Sweet Sensation – Carla Thomas
  17. Spare Me The Hurt Of Losing You – The Newcomers
  18. Third Child – Bettye Crutcher
  19. Respect Yourself – Mack Rice
  20. People Come Out Of Your Shell – Bettye Crutcher
  21. I’ll Be Your Shelter (In Time Of Storm) – Homer Banks

Disc Two: Stax Writers, Stax Releases (Part Two)

  1. Get Up About Yourself – Homer Banks
  2. All Day Preachin’ – Bettye Crutcher
  3. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right – Homer Banks
  4. We The People – Carl Smith
  5. Do The Sweetback – March Wind
  6. What Would I Do – Leon Moore
  7. Heaven Knows – Homer Banks
  8. I May Not Be All You Want (But I’m All You Got) – Homer Banks
  9. True Love Don’t Grow On Trees – Veda Brown
  10. (I Didn’t Know What Losing Was) ’Til I Lost You – Eddie Floyd
  11. Until I Lost You – March Wind
  12. Drown Yourself – Bettye Crutcher
  13. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) – Homer Banks
  14. I Got To Be Myself – Carl Smith
  15. You’re Spreading Yourself A Little Too Thin – Bettye Crutcher
  16. Take A Walk Down My Street – Bettye Crutcher
  17. Before The Honeymoon – Homer Banks
  18. Nobody But You – Mack Rice
  19. Hot Line To Jesus – Mack Rice
  20. I Hear Footsteps (Coming Closer) – William Brown

Disc Three: Stax Writers, Stax Releases (Part Three)

  1. I’ll Be The Other Woman – Shelbra Bennett
  2. We’ve Got Love On Our Side – Bettye Crutcher
  3. It’s So Wonderful – Frederick Knight
  4. That’s What Friends Are For – Mack Rice
  5. Sugar Daddy – Bettye Crutcher
  6. Woman To Woman – Henderson Thigpen
  7. So Glad To Have You – Bettye Crutcher
  8. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Mack Rice
  9. Dy-No-Mite (Did You Saw My Love) – Mack Rice
  10. Your Love Is Amazin’ – Eddie Floyd
  11. Walk On To your New Love – Bettye Crutcher
  12. Something Ain’t Right – Mack Rice
  13. There Is A God – Bettye Crutcher
  14. Packed Up And Took My Mind – Denise LaSalle
  15. Don’t You Know That It’s All Right – Joe Shamwell & Eddie Floyd
  16. Who Made The Man – Mack Rice
  17. It Don’t Pay To Get Up In The Morning – Mack Rice

Disc Four: Moonlighting – Stax Writers, Non-Stax Releases

  1. Don’t Let The Love Light Leave – Carla Thomas
  2. I’ve Got No Time To Lose – Deanie Parker
  3. A Woman’s Love – Carla Thomas
  4. 634-5789 (Soulsville, USA) – Eddie Floyd
  5. Linda Sue Dixon – Mack Rice
  6. Told You For The Last Time – Delaney Bramlett
  7. Let Me Know – Mack Rice
  8. Let Me Be Yours – Joe Shamwell
  9. We Can Love – Eddie Floyd
  10. Without You – Mack Rice
  11. Shouting Out Love – Veda Brown
  12. Take My Body – Bettye Crutcher
  13. I’ve Got A Feeling (We’ll Be Seeing Each Other Again) – Homer Banks
  14. I Could Never Be Satisfied – Mack Rice
  15. Everybody’s Hustling – Mack Rice
  16. Either You Love Me Or Leave Me – Homer Banks
  17. I’ve Never Been This Close To Jesus – Mack Rice
  18. Pussy Footing Around – Mack Rice
  19. This Time Yesterday – Mack Rice
  20. Are We Slipping Away – Mack Rice
  21. I Wanna Slow Dance Wit’cha – Frederick Knight
  22. What You Did To Me Last Night – Bettye Crutcher

Disc Five: Uncut Songs (Part One)

  1. Got To Make You Mine – Eddie Floyd
  2. Come On Dance With Me – Rufus Thomas
  3. I Got To Go For That – Rufus Thomas
  4. Spin It – Deanie Parker
  5. Nobody Wants To Get Old – Deanie Parker & Mack Rice
  6. Such A Feeling – Eddie Floyd
  7. Never Say No To The One You Love – Eddie Floyd
  8. Looks Like Another Hot Summer – Steve Cropper & Eddie Floyd
  9. Give You All The Love I Got – Eddie Floyd
  10. It’s Up To You – Carla Thomas
  11. Let’s Be Sure – Carla Thomas
  12. Oo-we Baby What You Do To Me – Booker T. Jones
  13. Coming Together – Homer Banks
  14. It’s Over – Homer Banks
  15. Break Out (aka Bust Out) – Wendy Rene
  16. Walk On Back – Unknown
  17. Come On Down – Mack Rice
  18. Can’t Make Enough – William Bell
  19. Love Is You – Eddie Floyd
  20. Let’s Get Down To Business – Bettye Crutcher
  21. Stone For Stone – Henderson Thigpen
  22. I Won’t Do You No Dirt – William Bell
  23. Just Too right To Be Wrong – Mack Rice
  24. Song #2 – The MG’s

Disc Six: Uncut Songs (Part Two)

  1. Too Much Sugar For A Dime – Homer Banks
  2. Too Much Sugar For A Dime – Bettye Crutcher
  3. You Knock Me Out – Homer Banks
  4. I Should Have Changed My Ways – Jimmy Hughes
  5. ’Til You’ve Been Loved By Me – Eddie Floyd
  6. Deaf And Dumb – Mack Rice
  7. It’s No Secret – William Bell
  8. Somebody’s Got You Baby – Marshall Jones
  9. Something Keeps Holding Me Back – Mack Rice
  10. Take It All Off – Bettye Crutcher
  11. Don’t You Know I’m All Alone – Eddie Floyd
  12. Sweet Dreams (I Had Of You) – Eddie Floyd
  13. Ain’t No Love Like My Baby’s Love – Bettye Crutcher
  14. Just The Way You Loved Me – Bettye Crutcher
  15. Glory Glory I Love Him – Eddie Floyd
  16. Stay With Me – Eddie Floyd
  17. Three Meals A Day – Mack Rice
  18. Everybody Is Talking Love – Bettye Crutcher
  19. Didn’t Love Straighten It Out – Homer Banks
  20. We Don’t Need Stone Walls – John KaSandra
  21. You’re Funny Boy – Carl Smith

Disc Seven: Uncut Songs (Part Three)

  1. Shadows On The Wall – Eddie Floyd
  2. Grandpa’s Will – Homer Banks
  3. Whatcha Gonna Do (When You Find The One) – Bettye Crutcher
  4. I Got To Keep On Taking Chances – Jimmy Hughes
  5. Thank You For Loving Me – William Bell
  6. Do Me Wrong – Eddie Floyd
  7. Put It To A Vote – Carl Smith & Marshall Jones
  8. Dammit – Eddie Floyd & Mack Rice
  9. The Yard Man – Bettye Crutcher
  10. Don’t Stay Gone Too Long – Bettye Crutcher
  11. How Can I Win Your Love – Eddie Floyd
  12. Every Now And Then – Mack Rice
  13. Somewhere In Somebody’s Heart – Willie Singleton
  14. Love Treaty – Willie Singleton
  15. Staying With My Man – Eddie Floyd
  16. Bread Winner – Mack Rice
  17. Got To Be Somebody For Me – Eddie Floyd
  18. Hometown Lover – Eddie Floyd
  19. Do You Want Me To Lie To You – Bettye Crutcher
  20. I Don’t Care Anymore – Shirley Brown
  21. I Like The Way You Groove Me – Frederick Knight

Package Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.63 x 4.96 x 0.28 inches; 1.68 Pounds
Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Craft Recordings
Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2023
Label ‏ : ‎ Craft Recordings
Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 7

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