acrobat-9073

The Staple Singers – Collection 1953-62 – 3CD

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Description

The Staple Singers are one of the most celebrated and respected groups to have graced the gospel landscape in the post-war era, their music transcending the boundaries of the genres so that they became equally successful and admired across gospel, soul and R&B in a career that spanned six decades. The patriarch of the Staples family, Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples, formed the group in Chicago with his children Cliotha, Pervis and Mavis, in 1948 when Mavis was just nine years old, and by 1952 they had signed their first recording deal with United. Over the next decade they recorded for various labels, most notably after United for Vee-Jay, Gospel and Riverside, their music already displaying a commercial bluesy edge which differentiated from much of the mainstream gospel of that era. This 3-CD anthology brings together just about all the records they released on both singles and albums during that formative part of their career when the younger members were maturing and they were honing the style which would bring them classic R&B and pop hits in subsequent decades. As well as the A and B sides of their singles, including one or two on lesser known labels, it includes all the tracks from their albums during that era – “albums “Uncloudy Day”, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, “Swing Low”, “Gospel Program” and “Hammer & Nails”. It’s a marvellous introduction to the group at the start of their glittering career.

Track Listing:

CD1:
1. It Rained Children - 2:59   2. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray - 2:49   3. God's Wonderful Love - 2:40   4. Uncloudy Day - 2:57   5. I Know I Got Religion - 2:26   6. Swing Down Chariot, Let Me Ride - 2:39   7. I'm Coming Home - 6:41   8. Help Me Jesus - 2:41   9. I Had a Dream - 2:52   10. Since He Lightened My Heavy Load - 2:33   11. Low Is the Way - 2:33   12. On My Way to Heaven - 2:22   13. I'm Leaning - 2:19   14. Going Away - 1:58   15. So Soon - 2:13   16. Downward Road - 2:34   17. Sit Down - 2:37   18. Tell Heaven - 2:55   19. Revive Us Again - 2:52

CD2:
1. It's Gonna Rain - 3:00   2. I Just Can't Keep It to Myself - 2:52   3. This May Be the Last Time - 2:08   4. This Same Jesus - 2:50   5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - 2:48   6. Don't Drive Me Away - 2:26   7. Pray On - 2:45   8. Too Close - 5:23   9. Come On Up in Glory - 2:35   10. Somebody Saved Me - 3:45   11. Let's Go Home - 1:33   12. Don't Knock - 2:26   13. I've Been Scorned - 2:40   14. Swing Low Sweet Chariot - 2:58   15. Sit Down Servant - 2:34   16. I'm So Glad - 2:13   17. Born in Bethlehem - 2:02   18. Stand by Me - 3:35   19. Two Wings - 2:08

CD3:
1. Calling Me - 3:19   2. Day Is Passed and Gone - 3:41   3. Good News - 2:37   4. Hammer and Nails - 2:27   5. Gloryland - 3:08   6. Everybody Will Be Happy - 2:33   7. Hear My Call, Here - 4:12   8. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - 2:36   9. Great Day - 2:04   10. I'm Willin', Pt. 1 - 2:56   11. I'm Willin', Pt. 2 - 3:16   12. Do You Know Him? - 2:16   13. New-Born Soul - 2:13   14. A Dying Man's Plea - 2:48   15. New Home - 3:41   16. Gamblin' Man - 2:42   17. Use What You Got - 2:15   18. The Virgin Had One Son - 2:43   19. There Was a Star - 2:23

Reviews:

1. Bluesmagazine.nl – Wim Velderman - 2018.07.07
Ze behoren tot de meest gevierde en invloedrijkste zanggroepen ter wereld op het gebied van de gospel. En dat al generaties lang, zodat hun zes decennia omvattende carrière veel repertoire heeft opgeleverd.
Wie niet houdt van de gospel, kan er niet omheen dat je toch moet erkennen dat The Staple Singers  van grote invloed zijn geweest op de genres soul en rhythm & blues. Nu is er een verzamelpakket uitgebracht van maar liefst 3 cd’s.
De cd’s met het onmiskenbare geluid van Pops, die de groep startte in 1948, en de kinderen Cliotha, Pervis en Mavis. Het eerste werk toevertrouwd aan vinyl stamt uit 1952. Vele songs kregen de beroemde Blue-Note verwerkt in de compositie en dat maakte waarschijnlijk het onderscheid.
Naast enkele onbekende tracks komen alle gospelhits voorbij. Een aanrader voor de gospelliefhebber en diegene die graag zijn bibliotheek met muziekgeschiedenis wil uitbreiden.