Listen to This: The RZA Does Stax

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 27th 2013 1746 0

"Shaolin Soul Selections" is the Wu-Tang Clan's love letter to the Stax archives.

Shaolin SoulThe RZA has collected a handful of his favorite Stax songs and put them into a compliation called "Shaolin Soul". While I was hoping it was new RZA tracks, the collection is essentially a mixtape of the soul songs that inspired the Wu-Tang Clan's distinct sound.

If you grew up on Memphis sounds, "Shaolin Soul" is a great reminder of some classic tracks. For those new to the Stax sound, this compliation is a solid introduction.

Here's the track list:

01 The Mad Lads: "I Forgot to Be Your Lover"
02 Isaac Hayes: "Joy"
03 The Dramatics: "In the Rain"
04 The Emotions: "I Could Never Be Happy"
05 The Soul Children: "Don't Take My Kindness for Weakness"
06 David Porter: "I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over"
07 Booker T and the MGs: "Sing a Simple Song"
08 Little Milton: "Packed Up and Took My Mind"
09 24-Carat Black: "Poverty's Paradise"
10 Albert King: "I'll Play the Blues for You"
11 The Sweet Inspirations: "All It Takes Is You and Me"
12 The Emotions: "As Long As I've Got You"
13 William Bell: "I Forgot to Be Your Lover"
14 Isaac Hayes: "Ike's Mood"
15 The Soul Children: "Move Over"
16 David Porter: "Hang On Sloopy"
17 Johnnie Taylor: "Steal Away"
18 Albert King: "Cold Feet"
19 The Sweet Inspirations: "Why Marry"
20 The Emotions: "I Like It"
21 Mel and Tim: "Keep the Faith"
22 Isaac Hayes: "Walk on By"
23 Booker T and the MGs: "L.A. Jazz Song"
24 Judy Clay: "Children Don't Get Weary"

The collection is labeled as volume one, so I'm hoping that there will be a  volume two on the way at some point.


"Shaolin Soul Selection: Vol. 1" is available on mp3 or CD through Amazon.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Mark says:

    I'm gonna go through and see how many of those songs i can match to the Wu-Tang joint that used each sample …

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