Known as the first family of gospel, The Staple Singers were established
international hit-makers thanks to classics such as ‘Respect Yourself’ and
‘I’ll Take You There,’ recorded for Stax Records in the ‘70s. After recording for Warner Brothers and 20th
Century Records, the group (Pops, Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha) signed with
Private I Records and released TURNING POINT in 1984, reissued by SoulMusic
Records in January 2012 (SMCR-5038).
Producers Gary Goetzman and Mike
Piccirillo (who had worked with Thelma Houston and Smokey Robinson among
others) were responsible for two cuts on TURNING POINT including the
dance/R&B hit, ‘Slippery People’ composed by guitarist David Byrne, lead
singer of Talking Heads.
Pops Staples and the family were so impressed with the work Goetzman and
Piccirillo did for their Private I debut that they asked the team to produce
their 1985 sophomore project for the label, the self-titled THE STAPLE SINGERS.
The team also co-wrote most of the tracks which focused lyrically on the kind
of social and political themes for which the group had been known earlier in
their career. David Byrne once again provided a song for the LP, the standout
‘Life During Wartime.’
THE STAPLE SINGERS is making its worldwide debut on CD with this
expanded edition which includes three bonus tracks, versions of ‘Are You
Ready?’ a Top 40 R&B hit and with quotes from co-producer Mike Piccirillo.
Includes notes by renowned US writer Darnell Meyers-Johnson.
Release Date: 16/07/2012
Our Price: £9.95
|1. ARE YOU READY?
2. LIFE DURING WARTIME
3. NOBODY CAN MAKE IT ON THEIR OWN
4. BACK TO THE WAR
5. REASON TO LOVE
6. WE STAND TOGETHER
7. START WALKING
8. LOVE WORKS IN STRANGE WAYS
9. ARE YOU READY? (US Private I single)
10. ARE YOU READY? (Extended Dance Mix)
11. ARE YOU READY? (Dub Mix)