The Story of Stax Records

A story told through 8 classic albums from the label's vault, curated by Stax & VMP.

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Ships (for free in the U.S.) starting in late April.
Join us as we celebrate the most legendary soul label.
Everybody I interviewed about Stax, who was at Stax, used the word, “oasis”, and I really thought that was true. Inside those walls, there was a freedom that didn’t exist outside those walls.”
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Robert Gordon
Memphis Journalist at writer of Respect Yourself: Stax Records & The Soul Explosion

A great series unfolds in episodes

...and the best stories are told in chapters. We're reinventing the box set experience, as we spend four weeks exploring this storied label through the music of eight of the label’s world-changing artists. While the box will ship with all eight albums inside, each episode will be housed in secrecy sleeves that can be opened at specific points in our journey.

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First two albums revealed + podcast drop
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Albums 3 & 4 revealed + podcast drop
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Albums 5 & 6 revealed+ podcast drop
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Albums 7 & 8 revealed+ podcast drop

What's Included?

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Exclusive Podcast Series
Hear the story of Stax Records from it’s beginning via interviews with the artists that made these eight albums — like David Porter, William Bell, Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones — and the writer of the best resource on Stax, Robert Gordon.
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8 LPs

Limited to 1000, on 180 gram audiophile black vinyl, pressed at QRP in Salina, KS. All eight albums were AAA cut from the original tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound.
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Live Unboxings and AMAs
You’ll receive an invite to connect and ask questions with VMP every week as we unbox each episode and answer any questions you have about the box, and the albums featured within.
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8 Liner Note Prints

12” heavyweight prints featuring frame-worthy artist photos, packaged with each album and thoughtfully written by Robert Gordon, who wrote the bible on Stax records.
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Premium Commemorative Box
Designed in house at VMP in the iconic Stax yellow, the heavyweight two-piece slip and slash box is hand-numbered and features the classic Stax finger snap logo and an archival photo of the instantly recognizable Stax marquee.
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More Extras!
'Gain access to exclusive content, bonus podcast episodes, and private Facebook community. You'll also receive a sweet pair of Stax holiday socks!
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How was the audio sourced?


All eight albums in this VMP Anthology were remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, and pressed at QRP on high quality 180g black vinyl. All albums were remastered from their original analog tape, pulled out of the vaults by Stax Records.

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Want to give Stax Anthology as a gift this holiday season?

The perfect experience gift

More than just a box set, the Stax Anthology is a perfect addition for that soul music lover in your life. Just include your gift recipient's shipping address at checkout.


Got a question?

VMP Anthology is the vinyl box set, reinvented. It aims to use music to tell a story, and gives space for lots of listening, learning, and conversation along the way.
VMP started as a record of the month club in 2013 and has expanded into an online record store and magazine. Click our logo in the footer to learn more.
Shipping is free in the U.S. and $50 internationally. Records will be sent in one shipment Orders placed before 10/13 (5pm EST) are expected to ship in late October. Orders placed after 10/13 (5pm EST) are expected to ship in mid November. Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify you of any shipping updates.
We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By breaking up the albums into 4 episodes, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual recording, listen to the podcast and soak it in.
Nope! We built VMP Anthology as a way for all fans to experience music more deeply, and VMP membership is not required.
Yes, shipping is available in 16 countries in addition to the U.S. (view all FAQs for more details). For international customers, customs and duties will be pre-paid and nothing will be due upon receipt.
Afterpay is an interest-free financing option that allows you to make four bi-weekly (every two weeks) installment payments rather than one upfront payment. If you choose Afterpay at checkout, you will be redirected to the Afterpay site to create an account and to complete your payment. You won’t be charged any interest or fees, as long as your payments are made on time. At this time, Afterpay is only available for customers in the United States.
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