Album Details

Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Black Gospel, Gospel

Album Review

Madacy doesn't exactly have a great reputation for putting out stellar compilations or serious artist retrospectives. They often cut corners, issue too few tracks, and provide sketchy liner notes at best. In this case, however, they've done a respectable job of assembling the best cuts the Staple Singers recorded for Stax between 1971 and 1974. In fact, what it is -- in rather random order -- is about half their output for the label. All of the big hits are here, such as "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)," with a boatload of quality stuff in between. These are the original studio recordings, not live filler, and none of them are re-recorded either. In fact, though the Staples had terrific years with King, United Artists, Epic, and Warner, it was their years with Stax that defined them in the 1970s as a transformational force on the charts. This is really cheap, so snag it before it drifts out of print.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. This World!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Respect Yourself!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Name the Missing Word!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. I'll Take You There!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. This Old Town (People in This Town)!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. We the People!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Are You Sure!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ Superstar)?!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. I'm Just Another Soldier!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Who!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Be What You Are!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Medley: Love Comes in All Colors/Tellin' Lies [Medley]!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Touch a Hand, Make a Friend!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Drown Yourself!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. I Ain't Raisin' No Sand!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Grandma's Hands!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Bridges Instead of Walls!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. I'm on Your Side!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. That's What Friends Are For!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Heaven!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. This Is a Perfect World!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. What's Your Thing!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. You've Got to Earn It!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. You're Gonna Make Me Cry!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Little Boy!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. How Do You Move a Mountain!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Almost!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. I'm a Lover!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Love Is Plentiful!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. I Like the Things About You!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Give a Hand -- Take a Hand!/id920916884?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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