The Staple Swingers (Remastered)  The Staple Singers

Album Info

Album Veröffentlichung:
2019

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
06.12.2019

Label: Craft Recordings

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1This Is A Perfect World04:20
  • 2What's Your Thing04:21
  • 3You've Got To Earn It03:28
  • 4You're Gonna Make Me Cry05:04
  • 5Little Boy03:25
  • 6How Do You Move A Mountain02:34
  • 7Almost04:16
  • 8I'm A Lover03:43
  • 9Love Is Plentiful02:30
  • 10Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)02:58
  • 11I Like The Little Things About You03:21
  • 12Give A Hand - Take A Hand04:56
  • Total Runtime44:56

Info zu The Staple Swingers (Remastered) 

Gospel-soul pioneers the Staple Singers will have their storied Stax years commemorated with the December release by Craft Recordings of six individual albums. Featuring: Soul Folk in Action, We’ll Get Over, The Staple Swingers, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, Be What You Are and City in the Sky.

This celebration of one of the greatest gospel and soul groups in music history presents all of the studio albums that the family act released on Stax Records, during their 1968–1974 tenure there. It includes their signature crossover smash hits such as ‘I’ll Take You There,’ ‘Respect Yourself” and ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me).’

The six studio sets in the collection were cut from the original analog masters by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl. The seventh disc gathers together rarities, non-album singles and several live recordings from the group’s appearance at the famous 1972 Wattstax music festival.

By 1968 and their arrival at Stax, the quartet of patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples and daughters Cleotha and Mavis, and son Pervis (later replaced by his sister Yvonne) had long since “crossed over” from the gospel circuit of their origins to a place in the counterculture and folk scenes. They were sharing bills with such rock frontrunners as Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Grateful Dead, and at the same time they and their songs had become formidable voices in the Civil Rights movement.

The Stax Collection will also be released digitally, and the six original studio albums will be available in hi-res 192kHz, 24-bit formats for the first time.

By 1968 and their arrival at Stax, the quartet of patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples and daughters Cleotha and Mavis, and son Pervis (later replaced by his sister Yvonne) had long since “crossed over” from the gospel circuit of their origins to a place in the counterculture and folk scenes. They were sharing bills with such rock frontrunners as Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Grateful Dead, and at the same time they and their songs had become formidable voices in the Civil Rights movement.

Their first album for Stax, Soul Folk In Action, was recorded in autumn 1968 with producer Steve Cropper and songwriter Homer Banks. The social and political turmoil informed many of the message songs on the set, including ‘Long Walk To D.C.’ and ‘The Ghetto.’ Williams and Wilkins write that both of these songs “truly tapped into the experiences and emotions of Black America at the close of the ’60s.

“The former is a tribute to the 1963 March on Washington told from the perspective of a poor yet hopeful African American person willing to use their last dimes to make it to the rally…conversely, the sombre and haunting ‘The Ghetto’ takes listeners deep into the isolation and despair of inner-city life.” Soul Folk In Action also included the Staples’ covers of The Band’s ‘The Weight’ and a tribute version of Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.’

The Staple Singers teamed with Cropper again for 1970’s We’ll Get Over, which featured the standout message song ‘When Will We Be Paid’ and readings of Sly & the Family Stone’s ‘Everyday People’ and Gladys Knight & the Pips’ ‘The End of the Road.’ But for all of their acclaim, commercial success didn’t accrue for either album, at which point Stax co-president Al Bell, who had signed the group to the company, took over as producer.

“As a longtime DJ,” write Williams and Wilkins, “Bell’s ear for what moves black listeners, both literally and metaphorically, had been keenly crafted over several years. Bell hosted shows that had both sacred and secular followings and had amassed a wealth of experience from watching, noting and deeply understanding the impact music has on varied audiences. His ear was essentially priceless.”

The first result was 1971’s The Staple Swingers, which included the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as the Swampers) and became their first charting record, with a No. 9 peak on Billboard’s top R&B albums. Its new, funkier sound was typified by ‘Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)’ and the Smokey Robinson cover ‘You’ve Got to Earn It.’

The same team reconvened for 1972’s Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, which transformed the Staple Singers into mainstream stars. Reaching No. 19 on the Billboard all-genre chart, it contained their first No. 1 hit, the irresistible ‘I’ll Take You There’ and the equally anthemic ‘Respect Yourself,’ which resonated not only with African Americans but with many women across the country as they strove for equal opportunities.

The six albums contains the aforementioned Wattstax concert highlights as well as such b-sides as ‘Stay With Us,’ non-album singles including ‘Oh La De Da’ and rarities like ‘Walking in Water Over Our Head’ and ‘Trippin’ on Your Love.’ Post-Stax, the Staple Singers continued to tour and record for the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1999 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

"The Staples' first album produced by Al Bell and recorded in Muscle Shoals hit the winning formula. Other changes saw Pervis Staples departing just before the album was recorded and being replaced by sister Yvonne Staples. Everything was now in place for the Staples' golden years. Three songs, "Heavy Makes You Happy," "Love Is Plentiful," and "You've Got to Earn It," all charted."

The Staple Singers

Digitally remastered by Jeff Powell



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