This some some serious ad copy: “Six hours of contemporary history edited to the essence of human entertainment”.
The Wattstax lineup was stellar and I wish I could go back in time to be there. Who can forget Rufus Thomas’s loud suit, Isaac Hayes rockin a chain shirt, and the Bar Kays putting in work on “Son of Shaft”. I haven’t watched or listened to Wattstax in a long time, but I’m definitely due for a refresher viewing…even if it’s just to see the mega infield dancing that resembles the world’s biggest Soul Train line. It’s not the absolute greatest shit of all time, but def worth your time if you’re not in the know. Also, If you listen close to the record, you’re going to hear a few famous vocal samples.
For those of you on phones and garbage monitors, the album lineup is: Issac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, & The Soul Children
Richard Pryor narrated trailer: