Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLegendary Memphis soul label Stax Records has big plans for its 60th anniversary.

Rolling Stone reports that on May 19, Stax, in collaboration with Rhino Entertainment and Concord Music Group, will launch a year-long release campaign dubbed Stax Classics. It will feature new compilations from the likes of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staples Singers, Sam and Dave, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, the Dramatics and Albert King.

There will also be reissues of many classic Stax albums on vinyl, including Redding’s 1965 release, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, and a special 50th anniversary version of Redding and Thomas’ 1967 duet disc, King and Queen.

Additionally, Stax Classics plans a three-disc 60th anniversary box set and the fourth installment of its Complete Stax Singles collection. Rhino and Concord will also make numerous Stax albums available for online streaming for the first time in newly remastered editions.

The label originally known as Satellite Records was founded by Jim Stewart in 1957, changing its name in 1960 to Stax (combining the first two letters of the last names of Stewart and his sister/business partner, Estelle Axton). Operating out of its own studio in Memphis, the label churned out hits with help from a stable of songwriters and its house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

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