The Staple Singers

The Staple Singers

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Madacy doesn't exactly have a great reputation for putting out stellar compilations or serious artist retrospectives. They often cut corners, issue too few tracks, and provide sketchy liner notes at best. In this case, however, they've done a respectable job of assembling the best cuts the Staple Singers recorded for Stax between 1971 and 1974. In fact, what it is -- in rather random order -- is about half their output for the label. All of the big hits are here, such as "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)," with a boatload of quality stuff in between. These are the original studio recordings, not live filler, and none of them are re-recorded either. In fact, though the Staples had terrific years with King, United Artists, Epic, and Warner, it was their years with Stax that defined them in the 1970s as a transformational force on the charts. This is really cheap, so snag it before it drifts out of print.

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