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The STAX / VOLT Canadian Discography

Compiled by Piers A. Hemmingsen. 2013



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Stax Records was a record label from Memphis, Tennessee. Along with Sun and Motown, it has become one of the great cult labels to record collectors worldwide. The Stax label was originally founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, but was changed to Stax Records in 1961.

The label's first major hit was Last Night by the Mar-Keys, and that group's name was perhaps a play on the spelling of Marquis.

The Canadian versions of the Stax label releases are quite rare, and they are unique because of their special label designs created and used only for the Canadian market.

London Records Of Canada pressed and distributed Stax records in Canada from the outset in July 1961 through to the beginning of 1967 when Quality Records of Canada took over the distribution of both Stax and Volt.





Early Blue London Release


London Z-107 Mar-Keys Last Night / Night Before
blue label, July 9 1961, The first pressings of "last Night" by Mar-Keys were issued on the blue London label. It's success led London Records of Canada Ltd. to come up with the Stax label for Canada which was a very simple silver print on a plain black label.
Stax 45






Black and Silver label 45s


Serial Number Artist Title
Volt V-103 Otis Redding These Arms Of Mine / TBD
Stax 45
Stax Z-107 Mar-Keys Last Night / Night Before
Stax Z 112 Mar-Keys Diana / The Morning After
Stax 45
Stax Z 115 The Mar-Keys Foxy / One Degree North
Stax 45
Stax Z.121 The Mar-Keys Pop-Eye Stroll / Po-Dunk
Stax 45
Stax Z.126 Rufus Thomas It's Aw'rite / TBD
Stax 45
Stax Z.127 Booker T And The MGs Green Onions / Behave Yourself
Stax 45
Stax Z-129 The Mar-Keys Sack O Woe / Sailor Man Waltz
October 1962, pictured here is Jack Cullen's personal copy of Stax Z-129 from October 1962
Stax 45
Stax Z 131 Booker T And The MGs Aw' Mercy / Jelly Bread
Stax 45
Volt V-132 Otis Redding Satisfaction / Any Ole Way
1966
Stax 45
Stax Z 133 The Mar-Keys The Dribble / Bo-Time
Stax 45
Stax Z 134 Booker T And The MGs Big Train / Home Grown
Stax 45
Stax Z 137 Booker T And The MGs Plum-Nellie / Chinese Checkers
Stax 45
Stax Z 140 Rufus Thomas Walking The Dog / Fine & Mellow
Stax 45
Stax Z 169 Booker T And The MGs Outrage / Boot-Leg
1965
Stax 45






Quality Records of Canada pressings (1967 & later)


Quality Records began to press and distribute for Stax and Volt in Canada and used the same numbering series for both Stax and Volt 45 RPM releases. Quality used the same labels for their pressings of The Turtles 45s on White Whale. After the blue label came the Yellow Label with the US logo.




Blue Label


Serial Number Artist Title
VOLT 148X Bar-Kays Soul Finger / TBD
Stax 45
VOLT 157X Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay / Sweet Lorene
Stax 45
VOLT 163X Otis Redding The Happy Song (dum dum) / Open The Door
Stax 45
Stax 201X Albert King Crosscut Saw / TBD
Stax 45
Stax 211X Booker T and the MGs Hip Hug-Her / TBD
Stax 45
Stax 224X Booker T and The MGs Groovin' / TBD
Stax 45
Stax 242X Sam & Dave I Thank You / TBD
Stax 45






Yellow Label


Serial Number Artist Title
STA. 0009X Johnnie Taylor Who's Making Love / I'm Trying
Stax 45
STA. 0012X Eddie Floyd Bring It On Home To Me / Sweet Things You Do
Stax 45




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