Watched May 05, 2012
Mike Harding’s review:
After a bit of a fumbled start this documentary kicks in to detail the highs and lows of Stax Records, home to artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Booter T. & the MG's, The Staple Singers, and many others. The strength of this film (or 'episode' I suppose, as it was made as part of the Great Performances series for PBS) is the amazing live footage of performances from around the time. While I don't feel the storytelling was as strong as Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the live performances really made up for it; faced with the raw power, charisma and musicianship on display it's hard not to be left in awe of what they achieved. My only wish is that they had spent a little more time on the backstory for the inception of Stax, particularly what drove Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton to create a record company of all things.