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February 19, 2009 Slideshows

Top 10 Bad-Ass Stax Records Covers 

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The Top 10 (plus a few more) coolest LP covers put out by Memphis label Stax Records, plucked from the Euclid Records dungeon (basement), home to 60,000 neatly alphabetized records.
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The sign on the door to the Euclid Records dungeon, taken from Lou Reed's farm.

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There are more than 60,000 records in the basement of Euclid. Joe Schwab plucked his favorite, the coolest covers in the Stax Records catalog.

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Johnnie Taylor's Who's Making Love... Taylor has an electric-blue soulful halo.

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Booker T and the M.G.'s tribute to the Beatles' Abbey Road. Photographed on a Memphis street.

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A very mod-looking cover for this Booker T and the M.G.'s record.

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Sam and Dave's Double Dynamite.

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The metallic sheen of this Staple Singers LP, City in the Sky, still shines 35 years later.

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This one is just Sam and Dave sitting on a cartoon turtle. It really needs no more explanation.

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Memphis Gold, Volume I, carries a Hindu influence. It was the first in a series of Stax compilations.

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Albert King's Born Under a Bad Sign has all the signs of shitty luck -- black cats, skull & cross bones, Friday the 13th, the ace of spades and snake eyes. And who hasn't had those kind of days?

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Otis Redding and Carla Thomas superimposed cartoon versions of their faces on these royal playing cards. And why not?

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Another Booker T and the M.G.'s LP.

Read "Voices Carry: Shirley Brown, the forgotten soul sister, sings on," by Roy Kasten.
Though this Isaac Hayes classic, Black Moses, wasn't on Stax, it came out on a Stax subsidiary, Enterprise Records.

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In this growing collage at Euclid, you can see the unfolded poster from the Hayes record, Black Moses.

Read "Voices Carry: Shirley Brown, the forgotten soul sister, sings on," by Roy Kasten.
Shirley Brown -- though this record was not on Stax -- grew up in St. Louis and released her debut album, Woman to Woman, in 1975 on Stax.

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A sketchy-looking Stax release, included as one honorable mention.

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The sign on the door to the Euclid Records dungeon, taken from Lou Reed's farm.

Read "Voices Carry: Shirley Brown, the forgotten soul sister, sings on," by Roy Kasten.

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