Rob Brunner
August 31, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wattstax

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/06/03
guest performer
Issac Hayes, Jesse Jackson, Richard Pryor
director
Mel Stuart
distributor
Sony Pictures Repertory
genre
Documentary, musical

We gave it an A-

By the time Stax staged this 1972 Los Angeles concert in front of more than 100,000 fans, the famed soul label was well past its artistic prime. But there are still plenty of worthy moments on the three-disc boxed set (Wattstax), an expansion of the ’72 double live album and its ’73 follow-up. A palpable energy elevates many of the performances, including Louise McCord’s funk-gospel workout ”Better Get a Move On,” Stax veteran William Bell’s sweet ”I Forgot to Be Your Lover,” and Johnnie Taylor’s intense, eight-minute ”Steal Away.” A-
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