The Staple Singers - Stax Profiles

The Staple Singers - Stax Profiles
Artist: The Staple Singers
Duration: 55:42
Recording Date: September, 1968 - April, 1973
Genre: R&B
Release Date: April 25, 2006
Album: Stax Profiles
Styles: Black Gospel, Gospel, Soul, Southern Gospel, Traditional Gospel

Throughout the distinct phases of their recording career, from straight rhythmic gospel to Civil Rights protest anthems, to what might be called soul folk to the funky grit of their Stax years, the Staple Singers always delivered songs that said something, and even when the grooves of songs like 1971's "Respect Yourself" or 1972's reggae-tinged "I'll Take You There" were sending people to the dancefloors, the lyrics were hopeful, message-driven missives of support for a better self, a better community, and a better world. Stax Profiles is a fine anthology which collects tracks recorded between 1968 and 1975 during the Staple Singers productive stay at Stax Records, and includes both "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," as well as the powerful "City in the Sky," "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend," "Are You Sure," with its brilliantly staggered vocals, and the Steve Cropper produced "Long Walk to D.C." There isn't a single lame track here, and while there are lengthier collections of the Staple Singers' Stax years on the market, this one has a wonderful flow.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
I'll Take You There / Alvertis IsbellThe Staple Singers4:44
Respect Yourself / Luther Ingram / Sir Mack RiceThe Staple Singers4:54
If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)The Staple Singers4:29
Be What You AreThe Staple Singers5:00
Are You SureThe Staple Singers4:27
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)The Staple Singers feat: The Memphis Symphony Orchestra3:08
Oh La de Da / Phillip MitchellThe Staple Singers4:57
Touch a Hand, Make a FriendThe Staple Singers3:59
You've Got to Earn ItThe Staple Singers3:31
Everyday People / Sylvester "Sly Stone" StewartThe Staple Singers3:26
My Main Man / Sir Mack RiceThe Staple Singers2:12
City in the SkyThe Staple Singers3:53
Long Walk to D.C.The Staple Singers2:30
The Weight / Robbie RobertsonThe Staple Singers4:32

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