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The Staple Singers: Africa '80 (CD)

(Omnivore Records) 11 tracks, digipack

The Staple Singers entered the public consciousness in the early 1950s and over the course of their influential career changed the way listeners experienced gospel music.

During the civil rights movement, Roebuck “Pops” Staples discovered that their music could both enlighten and inspire a new generation. When they signed with Stax Records, they began to dominate not only the gospel charts, but the pop and R&B charts as well, with hits like “I'll Take You There” (which topped both the pop and R&B charts), “Respect Yourself,” “Touch A Hand, Make A Friend” and others. After the closure of Stax, they switched to Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records and reached number 1 in the pop and R&B charts again in 1975 with “Let's Do It Again”.

Three more albums for Warner Bros. ended the decade. (Expanded editions of “Let's Do It Again” (1975), “Pass It On” (1976), “Family Tree” (1977) and “Unlock Your Mind” (1978) are available from Omnivore Recordings). With restoration and mastering by multiple Grammy award winner Michael Graves, Africa '80 now offers a glimpse into this ever-evolving musical and national treasure. New liner notes by Tim Dillinger-Curenton explain the history and legacy of the band and go into detail about the tour and recordings.

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  • Interpret: The Staple Singers

  • Album titlle: Africa '80 (CD)

  • Genre Gospel

  • Label OMNIVORE

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0810075114034

  • weight in Kg 0.07
Staple Singers - Africa '80 (CD) CD 1
01IntroductionThe Staple Singers
02Ease On Down The RoadThe Staple Singers
03Let's Do It AgainThe Staple Singers
04Respect YourselfThe Staple Singers
05Come Go With MeThe Staple Singers
06Why Am I Treated So BadThe Staple Singers
07A House Is Not A HomeThe Staple Singers
08Will The Circle Be UnbrokenThe Staple Singers
09He's AlrightThe Staple Singers
10Touch A Hand, Make A FriendThe Staple Singers
11Touch A Hand, Make A Friend (Reprise)The Staple Singers
The Staple Singers Respect Yourself The Staple Singers Respect Yourself For the... more
"The Staple Singers"

The Staple Singers

Respect Yourself

The Staple Singers

Respect Yourself

For the first decade-and-a-half of their monumental recording career, The Staple Singers concentrated on serving the Lord with their uplifting melodies, emerging as one of the top black gospel acts around. Then they crossed over to the R&B side of the tracks and embraced prolonged stardom there as well.

“The Staple Singers are nothing but a gospel singing group,” maintained the late Roebuck ‘Pop’ Staples, long after secular fame overtook them. Born December 28, 1915 in Winona, Mississippi, the family patriarch soaked up Delta blues via Charley Patton. “That man could play!” said Staples.Sanctified pursuits ultimately won his heart. He learned how to play guitar and sang with The Golden Trumpets before moving to Chicago following the birth of Cleotha on April 11, 1934 and Pervis in November of ‘35. Future lead singer Mavis Staples came along July 10, 1939. Pop decided to mold his offspring into a family gospel group.

“I really started trying to teach ‘em about 1949,”said Pop.“But (Mavis) was so little that she couldn’t get her voice right. It took me about three years to get it together, and then we started singing about 1953.”Says Mavis,We had that old Delta Mississippi sound.” The Staple (no ‘s’ on the end) Singers began recording for the Chicago-based United label that year, and in 1954 they waxed This May Be The Last Time, which came out on Savoy’s Sharp logo. They moved to another Windy City concern, Vee-Jay Records, in 1956. “We made a record called ‘Uncloudy Day,’”says Mavis. “That record sold like an R&B. I mean, it went everywhere!” 

The quartet made a surprising move to jazz-oriented Riverside Records in 1962, where they made tentative steps toward secular fare. As the civil rights struggle raged, the Staples moved into message songs at Columbia’s Epic subsidiary from ’64 on and traveled with Dr. Martin Luther King, who dug one of Pop’s compositions. “He’d always tell Pops, ‘Now you’re gonna sing my song tonight, right?’”says Mavis.“Pops said, ‘Oh yeah, Doctor, we’re gonna sing your song!’ And we’d sing ‘Why? (Am I Treated So Bad).’ He loved that.”The movingWhy? (Am I Treated So Bad) was the Staples’ first pop charter in 1967, followed by a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth.

It took one more label switch to launch The Staple Singers into the stratosphere. “Al Bell brought us to Stax,”says Mavis.“We knew Al Bell before he was at Stax.”  The quartet cut its first pair of Stax LPs in Memphis. Pervis had been replaced by sister Yvonne Staples (born October 23, 1938) by the time producer Bell brought them to Muscle Shoals in August of 1971 to lay down the contents of their seminal LP ‘Bealtitude: Respect Yourself.’ One of its centerpieces was the righteous Respect Yourself, written by veteran singers Sir Mack Rice and Luther Ingram. “Luther Ingram and I, we were in my office down at Stax,”says Rice.“We was just talking about life. And he said, or I said, 'You first got to respect yourself out here today.' Luther said, 'That's a hell of a title. Let's write that, man!'”

“We were rehearsing it, and Mack Rice came in. We started it when he came in, and started giving us these little parts, like ‘Dee-de-de-le-de-le-de.’ Mack said, ‘Now Pops, right here, you got to do this!’”says Mavis.“Daddy said, ‘Man, do you think we ought to do that?’ Mack said, ‘Yeah, Pops, you gotta do that! That makes the whole song!’”So did skin-tight backing from Muscle Shoals keyboardist Barry Beckett, guitarists Jimmy Johnson and Eddie Hinton, bassist David Hood, and drummer Roger Hawkins. Respect Yourselfproved a #2 R&B/#12 pop smash in late ’71, and I’ll Take You There, waxed at the same dates, proved a universal chart-topper.

- Bill Dahl -


Various - Sweet Soul Music 26 Scorching Classics From 1971

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Tracklist
Staple Singers - Africa '80 (CD) CD 1
01 Introduction
02 Ease On Down The Road
03 Let's Do It Again
04 Respect Yourself
05 Come Go With Me
06 Why Am I Treated So Bad
07 A House Is Not A Home
08 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
09 He's Alright
10 Touch A Hand, Make A Friend
11 Touch A Hand, Make A Friend (Reprise)