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The Very Best of the Staple Singers


Download links and information about The Very Best of the Staple Singers by The Staple Singers. This album was released in 2007 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Gospel, Rock, Country genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:09:51 minutes.

Artist: The Staple Singers
Release date: 2007
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Gospel, Rock, Country
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:09:51
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No. Title Length
1. Long Walk to D.C. (Single Version) 2:31
2. The Ghetto (Single Version) 3:44
3. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay [Single Version] 2:58
4. When Will We Be Paid (Single Version) 2:34
5. Brand New Day (Theme from "The Landlord") [Single Version] 3:45
6. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) [Single Version] 3:06
7. Love Is Plentiful (Single Version) 2:32
8. Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas (Single Version) 2:29
9. You've Got to Earn It (Single Version) 3:30
10. Respect Yourself (Single Version) 3:31
11. I'll Take You There (Single Version) 3:16
12. This World (Single Version) 3:39
13. Oh La De Da (Single Version) 3:35
14. Be What You Are (Single Version) 5:01
15. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) [Single Version] 3:23
16. Touch a Hand (Make a Friend) [Single Version] 3:26
17. City In the Sky (Single Version) 3:44
18. My Main Man / There Is a God 5:11
19. Back Road Into Town (Single Version) 4:21
20. I Got to Be Myself (Single Version) 3:35



Back in 1990, when the Fantasy Records conglomerate owned the Stax imprint, they issued a 16-cut Best of the Staple Singers. Fast forward to 2007 and the label, Fantasy and all its associated labels — Riverside, Milestone, Prestige, etc — are owned by Concord. This later issue of Very Best of the Staple Singers contains four more songs than the original Stax release but unfortunately, it doesn't entirely replicate it. First the positives: the sound has been dramatically improved. The remastering job captures the group dynamics in full, from the rich harmony vocals by Cleotha, Pervis, and later Yvonne, to the wonderful lead presences of both Pops and Mavis. All of these cuts were singles, and the vast majority of them charted. The wonderful familiars are here, with "Heavy Makes You Happy, (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)," "Be What You Are," and "I'll Take You There" among them. The different cuts, such as "Long Walk to D.C.," the Delaney Bramlett penned "The Ghetto" (from 1968 when the group first joined the label), the Al Kooper penned "Brand New Day" (from the film The Landlord), "When Will We Be Paid," "Who Took the Merry out of Christmas," Delbert McClinton's "Back Road into Town/There Is a God" and "I Got to Be Myself," do not appear on the original best-of yet are worthy and welcome additions here. The hard part is that other well-known Staples favorites, such as their version of Robbie Robertson's "The Weight," "We'll Get Over," "Oh La De Da," and the group's amazing reading of Don Covay's "This Old Town" are missing. While it is a trade-off, those serious about collecting the Staples' singles may favor this, though perhaps owning both — despite replication — may be the best notion indeed.