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Soul Folk in Action

The Staple SingersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We've Got To Get Ourselves Together
2. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
3. Top Of The Mountain
4. Slow Train
5. The Weight
6. Long Walk To D.C.
7. Got To Be Some Changes Made
8. The Ghetto
9. People, My People
10. I See It
11. This Year
12. The Lady's Letter
13. Pop's Instrumental

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Staples Getting Themselves Together May 10, 2010
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Pops,Pervis,Cleotha and Mavis found Stax records of 1968 a very fertile ground to create. The label was on the rebound after the unfortunate events they experienced the previous year and the Staples found themselves not only part of that change but change for themselves as well. The world around them was looking at things from a different perspective. This was recorded the same year as the death of MLK and all of the songs make continual references to people feeling a bit lost and confused. The Staple Singers were perfecting their classic Stax sound right out of the box here with the in the pocket funky soul of the MG's supplying the rhythm section along with Pop's classic reverved,bluesy guitar riffs. One thing about this music is it represents a turn away from the faster,horn heavy memphis soul Stax tended to specialize in during the Otis Redding era and towards a slower,more stripped back funk style that would not merely define the labels new direction but that of the Staples themselves. It's only fitting that the two cover songs here reflect that change. Mavis's take on "Dock of The Bay" offers a definative female version of Redding's classic original and honestly it's not that different except more rhythm oriented than based on horn arrangements. Same goes for a version of The Band's "The Weight", a very old timey production originally but in the hands of the Staples it becomes this extremely well recorded modern gospel/funk anthem with Mavis's husky grunts and rangy vocal excersises. There are also some other amazing songs on here that defined them more individually such as the hefty grooves of "We've Got To Get Ourselves Together",'Top Of The Mountain","People My People" and "Got To Be Some Changes Made". Read more ›
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When I first heard the song Slow Train it was on the TV I was watching a movie. When the movie was over I waited for the credits to come up. And there was the song called Slow Train. By The Staple Singers. I listen to the other songs that was on the album they were all good. I brought the whole album not just the song. The whole album is good it is old school if you like old school you will like this album. The name of the album is Soul Folk In Action By The Staple Singers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL FOLK IN ACTION - STAPLE SINGERS CD July 7, 2009
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Yes... it's an oldie but now available on CD and a worthy release. My favourite track is definitely "I see It" but good to have back in my collection after having my original vinyl album stolen. Wonderful harmonies from a tremendous soul family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful gem May 24, 2014
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A soulful gem of a collection by one of the best gospel/rhythm & blues 60s and beyond families. It is a shame that this kind of music is not as popular now as then. It will stir the listener with it's feelings and great songs
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