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listen  1. You Must Have That True Religion [LP Version]Mavis Staples 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You [LP Version]Ann Peebles 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh [LP Version]Irma Thomas 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mi Amour [LP Version]Allen Toussaint 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Keep On Pushing [LP Version]Mavis Staples 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. As One [LP Version]Billy Preston 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. That's Enough [LP Version]Mavis Staples & Billy Preston 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Work Song / Hear Music
  • ASIN: B000AYEIXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Inspired by his experience producing the legendary Solomon Burke's Grammy-winning 2002 comeback album, producer-singer-songwriter Joe Henry became passionate about recording more music with other surviving soul music icons. Henry's vision was realized when some of his favorite living artists-Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, and Alan Toussaint recorded a mix of classic and original songs in Hollywood's famed Capitol studios. Some sessions overlapped and the artists collaborated, some tracks spotlight a singularly masterful voice...all are inspired-and inspiring.

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Even though he has released nine albums of his own in more than two decades in the music business, Joe Henry may best be known as the producer of soul man Solomon Burke's 2002 comeback record, Don't Give Up on Me. Now Henry hopes to do for soul what Ry Cooder's Buena Vista Social Club did for Cuban music, convening R&B legends Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples and Ann Peebles for one week at Hollywood's Capitol Studios. But rather than rehashing the past in individual sessions, Henry assembled a house band (led by Toussaint) and demanded newly written or freshly interpreted songs. While her most recent solo release Have A Little Faith makes Staples appearance here less critical, her duet with Preston (whose organ playing is splendid) on "That's Enough"is a highlight. But the real stars are Thomas and the piano-driven rendition of Tom Jans' "Loving Arms,"and the underrated Peebles, who reinvents Bob Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" from Nashville crooning to Beale Street believable. --Scott Holter

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Very rare to find a cd with so much great spiritual music on it.
S. Walker
Of Preston's contributions, "Both Ways" has the classic soul feel with powerful instrumental backing.
Lee Armstrong
Toussaint, Preston, Thomas, Staples, and Peebles provide great songs and play them beautifully.
S. Ott

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Williams on February 24, 2006
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Simply one of the most exciting recordings in years. New, and vibrant, performances by dearly beloved. Joe Henry continues his blessed mission in producing fresh work by great soul era artists overlooked by an increasingly homogeneous music industry. Enough grumpy old man, I Believe To My Soul is the rare thing that puts one at risk of stopping people and boring them about it. The juice produced by Henry's matching of Solomon Burke with songs by contemporary writers brought the great man to Australia; Bettye LaVette appeared on Letterman (would that she appear in the footsteps of her contemporary Betty Harris at the Prince of Wales venue in Melbourne). Henry has brought together, in alphabetical order, Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. If even one of those names stirs, a treat awaits. Everyone is in great form. Mavis Staples is alight raising her voice in praise on album opener You Must Have That True Religion, relentless on Keep On Pushing. Irma Thomas reaches higher and higher on Loving Arms, Ann Peebles heartbreaking on When the Candle Burns Low. The album was recorded in June last year. Then came Katrina. Toussaint became one of the refugees in the Superdome and Thomas was among early hurricane missing. So it was a delight to happen upon the two closing the Grammys telecast with a musical blast for the battered Gulf Coast and the lately lamented Wilson Pickett. Too late, but what sweet noise Pickett and Joe Henry might have made. For those who like that sort of thing (salutations), Allen Toussaint is on piano throughout, arranged the horns, sings three. That he is thanked in the notes for ''unfailing generosity'' is nice. Is it worth going grumpy because the notes are a strain to read by dint of marrying magenta and black into gloom? Sigh. Ah well, overreaching design never silenced such heavenly voices.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 1jazzlover on October 10, 2005
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I am surprised by the lack of coverage I am seeing here on Amazon.com concerning this title. I first heard about it on the Today Show. The band performed a couple of songs and that is when I discovered that part of the purchase price was being donated to the Red Cross to aid the hurricane Katrina victims. I gleaned the following details from the Starbucks site:

"In Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music, Rhino and Work Song and will donate $10 of the purchase price of every CD sold to aid in the region's recovery. In all other retail channels in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music and Rhino and Work Song will donate $3 of the purchase price of every CD sold. Donations will be made to the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross (according to the country in which the CD was purchased) to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. This donation will continue for the lifetime of the CD and is in addition to Starbucks Coffee Company's long-term relief and recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina."

That alone is reason to consider buying this CD in my opinion. The music is an added bonus.

From the back of the CD cover:

"This is a new soul record done in a classic mode, not a re-creation of classic soul music. It is a record authentic to where these five great artists find themselves today--and in relationship to each other. It is music steeped in tradition, but played with no particular reverence for it. This is the first of a series; and there is more to come."

The CD was produced by Joe Henry...who brought together five of the greatest living artists of soul: Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis STaples, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Struck on December 27, 2005
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Simply stated, this is a beautiful recording by talented artists. Having seen producer Joe Henry work recent soulful magic with Solomon Burke and Susan Tedeschi, and being very impressed with the backgrounds and talents of the five performers on this recording, I was anxious to give this CD a listen. Needless to say, this CD did not disappoint and is easy-going and soulful in every sense and brings out the best of these amazing artists ... the type of recording that bears repeated listening and always sounds fresh. I can't wait for future releases in this series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Travis Dubya McGee Bickle on January 5, 2006
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Superb outing from a passel of soul immortals, produced by that ace producer, Joe Henry...a highly accomplished artist his own self...this is his what? 4th or 5th smash production...and the artists, from Ann Peebles to Allen Toussaint to Billy Preston (and including several others) all really shine...not to be missed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By COMPUTERJAZZMAN on May 14, 2008
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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS ALBUM PRODUCED BY JOE HENRY BRINGS TOGETHER FIVE R&B/SOUL OLD-TIMERS: MAVIS STAPLES, BILLY PRESTON, IRMA THOMAS, ANN PEEBLES AND ALLEN TOUSSAINT.NEW MATERIAL, NEW ARRANGEMENTS, GREAT BAND PLAYING WITH THEM. RECORDED AT CAPITAL STUDIOS IN L.A. IN 2005, SADLY, BILLY PRESTON IS NO LONGER WITH US ANYMORE. PURE MAGIC. SHOWS EVERYBODY HOW THIS MUSIC IS DONE RIGHT. ANN PEEBLES' RENDITION OF BOB DYLAN'S "TONIGHT I'LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU" IS PURE MEMPHIS SOUL, AND MAVIS STAPLES' VERSION OF CURTIS MAYFIELD'S "KEEP ON PUSHING" IS MAVIS AT HER SOULFUL BEST. IRMA THOMAS SHINES ON "LOVING ARMS".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Ott on November 1, 2005
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One listen to this CD will be enough for any fan of soul music to know that these artists are top notch. Well written songs played skillfully and tastefully. "Both Ways", "We Are One", "The Same Love", and "Loving Arms" are all clear winners. Ignore the somewhat pretentious "this is NOT a recreation of...." etc, etc. All that is unnecessary. Toussaint, Preston, Thomas, Staples, and Peebles provide great songs and play them beautifully.
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