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  • Audio CD (October 15, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Milestone
  • ASIN: B000000XW7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gloryland
2. Everybody Will Be Happy
3. Hear My Call, Here
4. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
5. I'm Willin' (Part 1)
6. I'm Willin' (Part 2)
7. Great Day
8. Do You Know Him?
9. New-Born Soul
10. Dying Man's Plea, A
11. New Home
12. Wish I Had Answered
13. Better Home, A
14. Old Time Religion
15. Swing Down, Chariot
16. Motherless Children
17. Gamblin' Man
18. I Know I've Been Changed
19. Jesus Is All
20. You Got Shoes
See all 27 tracks on this disc

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Recorded in the early '60s for the Riverside label, these 27 songs mark the move toward a more folk-based sound for the Staple Singers. The bass and drums throughout anchor the group's etheral tendencies but still keep them floating heavenward. On the two-part "I'm Willin,'" Pops's liquid, echoing guitar lines and the high-pitched, clipped group backing vocals play off the simple, jazzy drumming and subtle bass playing. This formula provides both Mavis's rumbling, muscular voice and Pops's celebrated tenor a secure setting from which to fully explore their vocal ranges. The arrangements of traditional spiritual material are innovative, sparse, uncanny, from the rousing "Swing Down, Chariot" to the laconic "My Dying Bed" and the chilling "Will the Lord Remember Me." Dylan's "Masters of War," the sole song without the gospel theme, presages the Singers' move toward more secular protest and "message" songs. A percussively strummed guitar lays down a marching rhythm, the backing vocals are subtle, incorporeal "whoohs," and Pops's croon is the very definition of "wizened." --Mike McGonigal

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I have a soft spot for Pops Staples' voice.
nadav haber
GREAT DAY just sounds better and better as time goes by.
Pete
Great voices; great arrangements; nice clean sound.
M. Mills

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pete on January 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Great Day is the link between the Born-in-Bethlehem stone gospel " Vee-Jay" Staples (PRAY ON)... and their classic and timeless anthemic 60's FOLK-HIPPIE-SOUL message songs like Respect Yourself, and I'll Take You There

Simply exquisite heavenly music. I found a CD copy in Japan ...probably 15 years ago now...after having worn out a few vinyl copies.

This music will live on forever... Could angels in heaven sound any more beautiful than Pops, Mavis Staples, and her brother and sisters Pervis, Cleotha and Yvonne?

There's a very strong secular raw blues and west african vibe here that takes the spiritual level far above expectations. In the lyric on "PRAYING TIME" Pops breaks into a riff singing "You go and I'll go with you" straight out of Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson then the kids kick in an otherworldly backup: "My Lord!" Scary and riveting.

Every song is a wonderful gem and they all segue into eachother beautifully, but I agree with the reviewer who singled out DYING MAN'S PLEA especially Pops guitar and delivery on that solo intro is so pure... Robert Pete Williams, Blind Willie Johnson...then the stone soul gospel groove kicks in.("one kind favor i'll ask of you... 'see that my grave is kept clean, dig my grave with a silver spade, ease me down with a golden chain...") Whee-ew!

Oh yeah and have another listen to the organ on " I Can't Help from Cryin' Sometime" (played by Maceo Wood) Holy Smokes(!) this is some kind of FUNKY magic. Hypnotic and haunting. GREAT DAY just sounds better and better as time goes by.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nadav haber on December 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is magnificent from beginning to end. I tried to pick my favorite song - it is impossible ! All songs have a steady rolling beat and feature the wonderful singing of the Staples family.
I have a soft spot for Pops Staples' voice. It has to be loved by anyone who likes both Gospel and Blues. HIs guitar playing is perfect for this context.
When I saw Bob Dylan's song - "Masters of war" - I thought that here the Staples Singers surely must flop. But they tackled it beautifully, and made it sound as if it was their own.
I recommend this CD to all music lovers. This is a music that rewards you for coming in contact with it as few others do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Sherman on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ho-boy, what a barn burner this one is. The instrumentation is not just good, it's supernaturally great. The haunting twangy guitar and the spare backup packs a big punch and sticks in the heart. Three tracks stand out: A Dying Man's Plea, Wish I Had Answered and Pop's masterful and superior cover of Dylan's Masters of War. Masters of War particularly makes the hair stand on the back of the neck.

Too bad the amazon preview tracks don't include any of these, but no worries, since all of these songs are unbelievably great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Stadum on February 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is the very best of the very best of the marvelous Staple Singers. Virtually every cut is jewel-like. They do Dylan's "Masters of War" better than he does. Much as I love how the Staple Singers do Dylan, this album is about gospel and it is a brilliant showcase. Listen especially to "A Dying Man's Plea" and the superb rendition of "Swing Down, Chariot." This is an album to be savored again and again over the years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sambson on June 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A number of these songs (#2,7,8,12,15,16,17 eventually,19,20,24,26) lean into the Funky Blues; an indication of the hard funk they would come to explore in the 70s. The rest are solid Folk arrangements, that intriguingly, could easily have been picked up by Elvis Presley for one of his Gospel albums. A young Mavis hits THAT note on "Old Time Religion," "I Know I've Been Changed" and "My Dying Bed"! While "Masters Of War" is one of Pops most impassioned vocal performances. Clocking in a few seconds shy of 79 minutes, this is essential Staples Singers, especially for those into their folk roots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom G on December 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is an outstanding CD. Although not every track is a gem, the best tracks are absolute classics. Highhlights include "New Born Soul", "I Know I've Been Changed", "Motherless Children", "Old Time Religion." This is actually a combination of two long out of print albums. Mavis Staples sings beautifully throughout, and when the songs and arrangements are good she shines even brighter. Heartfelt gospel harmonies, guitar accompaniment by Papa Staples, tasteful accompaniment by bass and drums on some tracks. This CD has long stood the test of time in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arnaud Faugere on March 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Although I'm an atheist, the Staple singers represent for me the expression of the greatest joy gospel can produce. This particular album is a peak, where music and voice of men and women definitly belong to beauty, which is to me the one and only meaning of a so called god. So I still believe in music, good times and emotions, and such artists help a lot to live in such a mediocre and low lifeprice world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed Munoz on March 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i can't explain how truely great this cd is....as a previous reviewer said....you don't have to be religious to enjoy the soul that oozes out of your speakers and goes deep into your heart. just amazing how great this group is.
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