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Candi Staton [Import]

Candi StatonAudio CD
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Candi Staton Who's Hurting Now



Southern soul is back and so is its First Lady - Candi Staton, who racked up 16 grits and gravy R&B/Pop hits between 1969-1974 such as the Grammy-nominated “In the Ghetto” and the swamp boogie of “I’m Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin’).” After detours into disco in the late 1970s and a 21-year return to the ... Read more in Amazon's Candi Staton Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • ASIN: B0000DG5N0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')
2. Evidence
3. I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Than A Young Man's Fool)
4. The Best Thing You Ever Had
5. Someone You Use
6. That's How Strong My Love Is
7. Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man
8. He Called Me Baby
9. Sweet Feeling
10. Do Your Duty
11. Love Chain
12. Stand By Your Man
13. Heart On A String
14. Too Hurt To Cry
15. You Don't Love Me No More
16. Mr. And Mrs. Untrue
17. How Can I Put Out The Flame (When You Keep The Fire Burning)
18. To Hear You Say You're Mine
19. Sure As Sin
20. What Would Become Of Me?
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Candi Staton Stands as One of the Undisputed Queens of Soul, and this Compilation Brings Together her Long Unavailable and Legendary Muscle Shoals Sides Recorded for Fame Records, 26 trax

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweetheart of Southern Soul Delivers With Conviction! September 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Candi Staton may not have been as acclaimed as Aretha Franklin, but for a time, she was one of the best and most consistent singers of southern soul and rhythm and blues. Like other soul singers, Staton started out singing as a child in the church. From there, she sang gospel music with her family and friends and eventually cut a few sides with the Jewel Gospel Trio. She travelled the gospel music circuit where she learned to move audiences with her passionate and soulful vocals. She was a contemporary of other "gospel birds" including Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Lou Rawls (whom she was engaged to marry at one time) Mel Carter and the Staple Singers. But after gospel music stars Sam Cooke and Franklin crossed over to secular recordings and mainstream success, Staton, now a divorcee with children to support, decided to try her hand at interpreting secular material. By the late 1960s, Staton was living in Birmingham, Alabama and began singing secular material at a local nightclub there. The response to Staton was so positive, she became one of the club's regular performers. While there, she met blind singer Clarence Carter, who eventually introduced Staton to Rick Hall, owner of the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. At Fame, Staton began working on secular material produced by Hall and backed by some of the same musicians (i.e. The Sweet Inspirations, drummer Roger Hawkins and keyboardist Spooner Oldham,), who had also worked with Aretha Franklin on her landmark recordings for Atlantic Records. With Hall producing and some of country and soul music's best songwriters supplying the material, Staton's first album "I'm Just A Prisoner" was released in 1970. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Candi's classic years January 27, 2006
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Candi Staton is perhaps best known today for a couple of big disco tunes, Young Hearts Run Free and You Got The Love, but before those she had enjoyed a big run of southern soul hits, all recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals AL with producer Rick Hall. They have the classic gritty Muscle Shoals sound with big, fat lithe horns and female choruses, and dissect the seamier side of life with titles like I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Than A Young Man's Fool), Mr And Mrs Untrue and Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man.

Candi had grown up singing, first in the church choir as a schoolgirl, and in gospel groups from the age of eight onwards, later touring with Aretha, Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke and others, and had no difficulty whatsoever in switching to the rhythm and blues and country soul she recorded for Fame. Her naturally sweet voice was deliberately given a hoarser edge by Rick Hall through over singing to get the soulful effect he desired. Country music was as big in Alabama as soul so it was unsurprising that Candi should have hits with her heartfelt interpretations of Stand By Your Man and In The Ghetto.

This collection gathers most of the best of the classic recordings she made with the Muscle Shoals crew between 1969 and 1973, and which had been overlooked for far too long. They are not presented in chronological order and the notes are very hazy as to what was recorded when, and which of them were singles and which were album cuts. Eight A-sides and nine B-sides are actually included, with all but one A-side (Love Chain, from 1973) and three B-sides (tracks 13, 19 and 26) also duplicated on her first three albums.

In fact, the first two albums are present in full.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Finally, a collection of Candi Staton's FAME late-60s/early 70s recordings, made in Muscle Shoals and dripping with heartbreak, defiance, soul, and mystery. What a set of pipes!! To my ears more complicated arrangements than rival STAX, FAME envelopes Ms. Staton's stellar vocals with hard-edged, passionate sounds, creating a true interplay between singer and band that carries you through astounding performance after performance. Even her covers are jaw-dropping: check out her take on "Stand By Your Man" or the soul standard "That's How Strong My Love Is" to see the power and the glory that this collection represents. Sadly, she went on to California in the mid-70s to become a disco queen, but having heard this collection, I can only say: It's ok -- you made your mark.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night Fish Fry Soundtrack July 11, 2004
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I was mostly familiar with Ms. Stanton from her gospel music. You can catch her regularly on cable's TBN and although the subject matter of her music has changed; you can still hear the remnants of Delta blues, gospel, and soul, that has made her who she is.
This collection from Ms. Stanton is perhaps one of the best CD's I have purchased in a long time. I say that because Ms. Stanton's raw gut sung emotion can be heard on each and every song. Tempo does not matter in this case, because there is a piece of Ms. Stanton in every track.
Pure music does not have to be pitch perfect, Billie Holiday proved that. Ms. Stanton possesses the same realness in her voice as do the foundation layers for music as we know it today. I'm talking Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker foundation. I'm talking Bessie Smith foundation. I'm talking Etta James and Tina Turner Foundation. I'm Talking Koko Taylor Foundation. I'm talking that old Black woman in every one room Southern Baptist church that sangs from the soul because she has been through some "thangs" foundation. If you understand what I am "talkin" about then you will understand the nature and degree of this album. If you don't know soul and you want to know soul then please purchase this album and study it like it is a religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Realize....
I bought this when it was first released and filed it away for reasons that now seem unclear. It was excavated recently and I have to say it's a really strong collection of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by James Bennett Apt
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding soul album
I found this CD in a bargain bin and , never having heard of Candi Staton, I took a chance . Wow - it was one of the best ( musical ) moves I ever made . Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by chercat
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
It was a jungle out there in the 1970s, and not even many of the fittest survived. You could fill a block of houses with soul singles and, to a lesser extent, albums, that should... Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Candi Staton CD
Can't say anything but great things about this CD. Most of the songs are simply lovely to listen to over and over again. Read more
Published on June 28, 2010 by Rene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
ounce in a while you come across good material this is real players real music real instruments real sounds not the Candi Staton Disco Era were the music began going down hill
Published on May 26, 2010 by M. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Surefire Inspiration For A Future Tarantino Film
Someday, Quentin Tarantino will discover (or rediscover) this great unheralded soul dynamo and pluck her from obscurity by featuring a song or two of hers in one of his films. Read more
Published on July 17, 2008 by Robert E. Greenlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Candi's Northern Soul Connection
After reading Alexander Laurence review headed 'Northern Soul' which is also known as 'Rare Soul' I thought of having my say. Read more
Published on June 26, 2008 by blueman
2.0 out of 5 stars Foot tapping & Head scratching
These songs are from Candi Staton's three pre-Disco Southern Soul albums [1969, '71, `73] recorded at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Read more
Published on October 16, 2007 by WhutchaNeed
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gets old
This is, by far, the best Candi Staton CD out. "I'm Just a Prisoner" stops you dead in your tracks (or makes you want to dance). Read more
Published on April 17, 2007 by MCG
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!
What a woman with a razor sharp voice. Listen to the music with heart because Candi Staton puts her heart & soul into every song on this album. Read more
Published on April 17, 2006 by R. Haney
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