The Staple Singers

Soul Six Pack

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In 2009, Universal Music Group devised Soul Six Pack, a digital-download-only series of bite-size samplers that cover a handful of well-known Stax label artists. With identikit artwork and semi-arbitrary track selections that included some -- but never all -- of a given artist's major hits, the series seemed more like an experiment than a service to casual listeners. The Staple Singers scored eight Top Ten R&B singles while they were on Stax, and three of them are here, yet the compilers favored less successful moments over essential songs like "(If You're Ready) Come Go with Me," "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend," and "City in the Sky."

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