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Father Father

Pops StaplesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Father Father 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Why Am I Treated So Bad 6:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Too Big For Your Britches 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jesus Is Going To Make Up (My Dying Bed) 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Downward Road 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. People Get Ready 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hope In A Hopeless World 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Got To Serve Somebody 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Waiting For My Child 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Simple Man 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Glory Glory 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000W63
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Ry Cooder, who produced two tracks on Pops's landmark '92 recording, "Peace to the Neighborhood," produces two more on "Father Father." Cooder's guitar and Jim Keltner's drums lock in with Pops's guitar and voice to negotiate the smallest shadings of tone and time on "Downward Road" and "Jesus Is Going to Make Up (My Dying Bed)"; the results are hypnotic. Pops's best-known daughter, Mavis (a.k.a. "Bubbles"), coproduced two of the album's best songs, the title tune and "Hope in a Hopeless World." Pops's thin, whispery, low moan conjures up a sense of dread on these two prophecies about a world falling apart, and Mavis joins her sisters Cleotha and Yvonne in full-throated, answering shouts. Elsewhere on the album Pops recounts his friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., gives a nicely understated reading of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody," remakes Mack Rice's "Getting Too Big for Your Britches" from the Staple Singers' '74 album, "City in the Sky," and turns once again to his favorite pop gospel songwriter, Curtis Mayfield, for an exhilarating version of "People Get Ready." --Geoffrey Himes

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best - may he rest in peace! March 25, 2002
By A. Ward
Format:Audio CD
Pops Staples is a rare combination of blues, R&B, and gospel, so he and this album are hard to categorize. But that's part of the beauty of it - no formulas, just pure good listening! It's hard to go wrong with the backup musicians and singers he has (see professional review), but Pops' very distinctive voice adds the finishing touches to a masterfully performed and recorded album.
If you don't know Pops Staples yet and saw David Byrne's film, "True Stories," Pops was the Santeria priest who sang the love spell song and did the ritual for John Goodman to help him find a wife.
If you're a "child of the 60's" like me or an admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King, just the story of his relationship with this great man is worth digging into this album. I feel inspired every time I listen to it, as well as a little sad, for the story tells of MLK's passing in a very heartfelt, personal way.
This is the first review I have ever done on Amazon, just to let you know how strongly I recommend this album! I have a huge collection because I love music and I get bored easily listening to any one genre or musician too much. But this album is one of the few I never really tire of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pops got Soul July 23, 2010
By d.nice
Format:Audio CD
I recall when this was originally released, and the radio stations did'nt get behind it for whatever reason...too bad alot of potential new fans misssed out on one of the best Soul-Blues recordings from the last 20 years. Theirs not enough that I can say that most fans familiar with the Staples family of artist does'nt already know...this music is soul searching! Pops was a master of emotion and his guitar playing illustrates the years of hard work put into mastering the instrument.His vocals are at times both stern and sensitive he was a master of emotion. Peaceful Journey Pops Staples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! October 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A national treasure, now gone. This is a CD you can listen to all day, every day. Three more words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Your Gospel Funky and Gritty, Pop Delivers. December 11, 2013
By Annika
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Kudos to Pops. Man, that opening track is blistering! Unbelievable at his age or any other. Some outstanding songs on this album. Some are ho hum, but the others more than make up for that!
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