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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: July 9, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027JX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded in the late 1960s, the strong gospel soul hymns and idealistic moral gospel folksongs on Freedom Highway represent the Staple Singers' artistic apex. Pops Staples's reverb-saturated guitar hangs alone in the air while Mavis and the other family members' voices encircle it with warm sounds and defiant words. All this music is 100 percent amazing--from Pops's poignant delivery of "Be Careful Of The Stones That You Throw" to the group's terrific, invigorating civil rights anthem "Freedom Highway" and a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" that adds new dimensions of meaning to the hippie hit. Too poppy to be considered mainstream gospel but not as watered- down as the group became in their mid-1970s pop phase, the Staple Singers' late-'60s music easily ranks alongside the era's hit makers, far outstripping their talent with little flash and pure, lovely sounding conviction. --Mike McGonigal

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The Staple Singers had one of the more original sounds in gospel.
Steven R. Seim
Mavis Staple's solo album 'The Voice' is just as down and funky as you can get, even if as an over all album it can get just a tad preachy.
Annika
The songs are simple, the harmonies are gorgeous, and the guitar playing is haunting.
Jay Adam

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ---- John D on December 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a fine Staple Singers CD; BUT IT IS NOT THE ORIGINAL "FREEDOM HIGHWAY RELEASED ON EPIC RECORDS!" I really get upset with record companies who try to re-write history. The original "Freedom Highway" was recorded live at a church in Chicago on Epic Records. It was the best and in my mind is the best "live" gospel album I have ever heard. Legacy put out this CD with the same title as the original and only put on a couple of tracks from it. Come on Legacy! You're great at what you do. Please, Please, Please release the original Freedom Highway!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "cory131" on July 19, 2000
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This is indeed the Staple Singers at their peak, a period crowned by the live recording of "Freedom Highway." But originally that song opened a whole album recorded live in a church, complete with Pops Staples' comments between songs, the handclapping and responses of the congregation, and so on. Hey, Epic Records: reissue the complete original "Freedom Highway" (with bonus tracks, if anything was left out!)! And if you ever see the original LP for sale, grab it! A real gem!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ngaimoko on April 28, 2009
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I can thank Pandora.com for this purchase - I started a radio station for blues-Gospel (seeded with The Blind Boys of Alabama). Staple Singers songs started coming on, and I found myself turning up the volume and checking the artist every time. It's incredible music - passionate, powerful, profoundly musical and spiritual and relevant. This is before the Staple Singers moved to Stax and attained more mainstream success, and it is firmly in the Black Gospel tradition, but with clear social messages ("Why? Am I treated so bad," "Hammer and Nails," and "Freedom Highway") along with the more spiritual songs ("Will The Circle Be Unbroken," "Wade in the Water," "Nobody's Fault but Mine," "This Train"). Most songs feature Pops on guitar (rich, soulful lines) and vocals, along with three daughters (most famously Mavis) and son joining on vocals. Drums, bass, and other guitar sometimes join, but the vocal harmonies and Pops' guitar are at the forefront. A moving musical experience. Highly recommended for all listeners of soul, classic R&B, gospel, folk, or blues music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Seim on July 24, 2002
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The Staple Singers had one of the more original sounds in gospel. Not the spiritual doo-wop of the quartets, and not the organ and vocal gymnastics of the choirs. Instead, the Staples were a family with great vocal styles and clear, "bright" guitar. It's the gospel version of Mississippi Delta country-blues - think of a sanctified John Lee Hooker on tour with his daughters. "Freedom Highway" is an excellent recording, and one of the best examples of the Staples' early sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annika on December 11, 2013
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The Staple Singers to me are the embodiment of what gospel should be. And oh my, Pop Staples still has some serious funky soul even at his age, as demonstrated by his solo efforts. Mavis Staple's solo album 'The Voice' is just as down and funky as you can get, even if as an over all album it can get just a tad preachy. Some throw away songs but overall a must have gospel album which allows you to get your groove on in a positive way. The Staple Singers should be considered a staple of any gospel collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FYI TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2011
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This superb classic is best savored imagining yourself on a quiet dock by the Mississippi River, sun going down in a sultry, peach-colored sky, frogs and catfish jumping, while you slowly enjoy a fine sipping-whisky, such as Ardbeg Uigedail. This is the CD I turn to after a hard day. Especially after dealing with "-isms" regarding race, gender, age, and/or religion. To recover equilibrium, or simply add beauty to your life, listen to the soft buttery voice and masterful blues-guitar of Pops Staples, and delicious sounds of the whole Staples family; food for the soul, musical bliss. Mavis Staples is otherworldly good. I wish the Staple Singers were even more widely known, so that kids today could grow up on gospel, blues, and soul, not just over-commercialized racket. Masterpieces include "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)," "Hammer and Nails," "Freedom Highway," and "This Train." I can't recommend this album highly enough. Thank you Staple Singers; Amen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Sconyers on March 2, 2013
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great early album for the Staples Singers. Current fans of Mavis Staples should consider this a MUST OWN collection of the Staples' earlier work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Holmes on March 5, 2013
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Both my daughter and I loved it, one of my favorite CD's.... very pumped-up versions of many old standards, you can't go wrong with this.
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