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The Very Best Of The Staple Singers

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Back in 1990, when the Fantasy Records conglomerate owned the Stax imprint, they issued a 16-cut Best of the Staple Singers. Fast forward to 2007 and the label, Fantasy and all its associated labels -- Riverside, Milestone, Prestige, etc -- are owned by Concord. This later issue of Very Best of the Staple Singers contains four more songs than the original Stax release but unfortunately, it doesn't entirely replicate it. First the positives: the sound has been dramatically improved. The remastering job captures the group dynamics in full, from the rich harmony vocals by Cleotha, Pervis, and later Yvonne, to the wonderful lead presences of both Pops and Mavis. All of these cuts were singles, and the vast majority of them charted. The wonderful familiars are here, with "Heavy Makes You Happy, (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)," "Be What You Are," and "I'll Take You There" among them. The different cuts, such as "Long Walk to D.C.," the Delaney Bramlett penned "The Ghetto" (from 1968 when the group first joined the label), the Al Kooper penned "Brand New Day" (from the film The Landlord), "When Will We Be Paid," "Who Took the Merry out of Christmas," Delbert McClinton's "Back Road into Town/There Is a God" and "I Got to Be Myself," do not appear on the original best-of yet are worthy and welcome additions here. The hard part is that other well-known Staples favorites, such as their version of Robbie Robertson's "The Weight," "We'll Get Over," "Oh La De Da," and the group's amazing reading of Don Covay's "This Old Town" are missing. While it is a trade-off, those serious about collecting the Staples' singles may favor this, though perhaps owning both -- despite replication -- may be the best notion indeed.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Long Walk To D.C. (Single Version)
00:02:30

Steve Cropper, Producer - Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist - Ronald Marvell Thomas, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

2
The Ghetto (Single Version)
00:03:44

Bonnie Bramlett, ComposerLyricist - Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - Bettye Crutcher, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

3
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (Single Version)
00:02:57

Otis Redding, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

4
When Will We Be Paid (Single Version)
00:02:34

Randall Stewart, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

5
Brand New Day (Theme From "The Landlord" / Single Version)
00:03:45

Al Kooper, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

6
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) (Single Version)
00:03:06

John Barry, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Bloom, ComposerLyricist - Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

7
Love Is Plentiful (Single Version)
00:02:32

Manuel, ComposerLyricist - Crutcher, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

8
Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas (Single Version)
00:02:29

Deanie Parker, ComposerLyricist - Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

9
You've Got To Earn It (Single Version)
00:03:30

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Cornelius Grant, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

10
Respect Yourself (Single Version)
00:03:31

Mack Rice, ComposerLyricist - Luther Ingram, ComposerLyricist - Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Concord Music Group, Inc

11
I'll Take You There (Single Version)
00:03:16

Alvertis Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Mavis Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, MainArtist - Pervis Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cleotha Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Concord Music Group, Inc

12
This World (Single Version)
00:03:39

Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, MainArtist - Gary William Friedman, ComposerLyricist - Herb Schapiro, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

13
Oh La De Da (Single Version)
00:03:35

Tom Nixon, Producer - Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, MainArtist - Leroy Philip Mitchell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

14
Be What You Are (Single Version)
00:05:01

Raymond Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Carl Hampton, ComposerLyricist - Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

15
If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) (Single Version)
00:03:23

Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - Al Bell, Producer - Carl Mitchell Hampton, ComposerLyricist - Raymond M. Jackson, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Concord Music Group, Inc

16
Touch A Hand (Make A Friend) (Single Version)
00:03:26

Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - Al Bell, Producer - Carl Mitchell Hampton, ComposerLyricist - Raymond M. Jackson, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

17
City In The Sky (Single Version)
00:03:44

Charles Chalmers, ComposerLyricist - Mavis Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Donna Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Al Bell, Producer - The Staple Singers, MainArtist - Pervis Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sandra Chalmers, ComposerLyricist - Cleotha Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Staples, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Concord Music Group, Inc

18
My Main Man/There Is A God (Album Version)
00:05:11

Mack Rice, Composer - Rice, ComposerLyricist - Don Nix, Composer - Manuel, ComposerLyricist - Crutcher, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Manuel, Composer - Nix, ComposerLyricist - Bettye Crutcher, Composer - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

19
Back Road Into Town (Single Version)
00:04:21

The Staple Singers, MainArtist - McClinton Osbie Burnett, Composer

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

20
I Got To Be Myself (Single Version)
00:03:35

Marshall Jones, ComposerLyricist - Carl William Smith, ComposerLyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

Album Description

Back in 1990, when the Fantasy Records conglomerate owned the Stax imprint, they issued a 16-cut Best of the Staple Singers. Fast forward to 2007 and the label, Fantasy and all its associated labels -- Riverside, Milestone, Prestige, etc -- are owned by Concord. This later issue of Very Best of the Staple Singers contains four more songs than the original Stax release but unfortunately, it doesn't entirely replicate it. First the positives: the sound has been dramatically improved. The remastering job captures the group dynamics in full, from the rich harmony vocals by Cleotha, Pervis, and later Yvonne, to the wonderful lead presences of both Pops and Mavis. All of these cuts were singles, and the vast majority of them charted. The wonderful familiars are here, with "Heavy Makes You Happy, (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)," "Be What You Are," and "I'll Take You There" among them. The different cuts, such as "Long Walk to D.C.," the Delaney Bramlett penned "The Ghetto" (from 1968 when the group first joined the label), the Al Kooper penned "Brand New Day" (from the film The Landlord), "When Will We Be Paid," "Who Took the Merry out of Christmas," Delbert McClinton's "Back Road into Town/There Is a God" and "I Got to Be Myself," do not appear on the original best-of yet are worthy and welcome additions here. The hard part is that other well-known Staples favorites, such as their version of Robbie Robertson's "The Weight," "We'll Get Over," "Oh La De Da," and the group's amazing reading of Don Covay's "This Old Town" are missing. While it is a trade-off, those serious about collecting the Staples' singles may favor this, though perhaps owning both -- despite replication -- may be the best notion indeed.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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