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listen  1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenMavis Staples 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Rusty Old HaloMavis Staples 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray AgainMavis Staples 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wade In The WaterMavis Staples 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Precious Lord Take My HandMavis Staples 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I'll Fly Away From HereMavis Staples 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Go Down MosesMavis Staples 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Steal AwayMavis Staples 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Swing Low Sweet ChariotMavis Staples 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Verve France
  • ASIN: B000004767
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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this great set of gospel tunes is simply beautiful. Highly recommended. MAVIS STAPLES - voice, LUCKY PETERSON - Hammond B-3, piano.Medium 1
  1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
  2. A Rusty Old Halo
  3. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
  4. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
  5. Wade In The Water
  6. Precious Lord Take My Hand
  7. I'll Fly Away From Here
  8. Were You There?
  9. Go Down, Moses
  10. Steal Away
  11. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  12. Down By The Riverside
  13. Stand By Me

It's moments like these when you wish you hadn't used words like "spine-tingling," "passionate," and "gritty" in other reviews. By the time of these 1996 duo sessions, Staples's voice had gotten grainier and earthier than it was during her glory days, and is all the more expressive and heart wrenching because of it. Meanwhile, Peterson's work on Hammond B-3 and piano is nothing short of astonishing--urgent, soulful, and pulsating--yet it never overwhelms Staples's burning pleas. Billed as a tribute to Mahalia Jackson, these 13 familiar cuts are soaked to the bone with blues inflections that deftly illustrate the intimate relationship between blues and spirituals. The pair's inspirational sermon will make believers out of even the most resolute cynics. --Marc Greilsamer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chervokas on January 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mavis Staples' husky voice is a national treasure. I remember hearing her in the pre-renovation Carnegie Hall in the 1970s with The Staples (opening for Ray Charles). One of the great voices of the century. Her gospel singing with her family group in the 1960s is less well remembered than her secular singing in the 1970s, but it is the root of everything she's ever done.

This record--a duet with pianist/organist Lucky Peterson--features a collection of songs associated with Mahalia Jackson. That means there's plenty of traditional material, like "He's Got the Whole World In His Hand" and "Down By the Riverside." But it also means that there is plenty of mid-century gospel blues including Thomas A. Dorsey's anthem "Precious Lord," as well as gospel standards lik "Stand By Me," "Steal Away," and "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again."

The effect of this striped down presentation of beautifully recorded repertoire and performance is of a master class in gospel song. You can't go wrong.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Klefstad on March 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lucky Peterson plays blues. Mavis Staples sings gospel. One might wonder if this Saturday night/Sunday morning combo could create a lasting tribute to gospel great Mahalia Jackson. But it works, mainly because the two stick to a formula Jackson favored: Vocals accompanied only by an organ or piano.

Staples was deeply influenced by Jackson's music and friendship. And it was her idea to record a tribute using the accompaniment Jackson prefered. But she had trouble finding an organ player with the reputation that would interest a record company. Peterson had this reputation. In the mid-1990s, he was a red-hot blues player for Verve Records, getting lots of radio play, and gigs at major festivals. He was famous for his guitar playing, but equally proficient on the Hammond B-3 organ. Verve promised to release the Jackson tribute if Staples agreed to work with Peterson. The results are stunning, especially considering the two never worked together before.

Staples' voice is characterized by a deep rasp that adds an emotional edge to Jackson favorites like "Wade in the Water" and "Were You There?" Peterson, for his part, has the chops befitting a bandleader. But on this album, he gladly, almost worshipfully, steps into the supporting role. On every track, Peterson punctuates Staples' singing, and fills her pauses with appropriate chords. Never once does he upstage her, or play ahead of her.

The best example of this collaboration is "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Here, Staples' voice soars to the heavens - praising God, Jackson, praising music itself - before descending to a gravelly bottom, filled with soul and solemnity. Peterson, again, follows wherever Staples goes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terje Biringvad on January 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the world of recorded music, many highly talented female vocalist have paid their tribute to musical mentors like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. My allegation is that most vocalists fail in their attempt. Why? You can't do it better than your mentor, you need to do it differently! To make an album dedicated to Mahalia Jackson, singing / playing her most beloved gospel and spiritual repertoire tunes, you need a portion of great musicality and a lots of guts! The soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has these qualities. And she does it differently, in her own way together with only pianist / organist Lucky Peterson. Peterson, also well known for his great blues albums playing guitar, shows mean gospel skills on the Hammond B-3 organ , which he focused most of his musical energy on after lessons from Bill Doggett and the legendary Jimmy Smith. Not many surprises on the selections of tunes on this CD, the dearly beloved ones are all here - Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Wade In The Water, I'll Fly Away From Home, Gown Down Moses to name a few. Peterson's organ playing must be considered as a learning book for gospel organ players and enthusiasts - his sensitive use of organ dynamics as an accompanist and soloist, drawbar registrations, and bass lines make the duo sound like at full band. Peterson's change to acoustic piano an a few tunes only broadens the musical expression of this great CD. Staples mature darkened soul voice and chops adds great edge to her gospel interpretations. Her dubbed solo version of "Stand By Me" says it all. Well done Staples / Peterson - A for overall performance!
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By oldladyloomis on February 10, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Spirituals having grown up in the South during the 50's and 60's, in fact, that is the only thing that has stayed with me from the Church. I call it my Church. Mavis Staples will not disappoint you on this outing. Lucky Peterson soars with the music.What a joy that this CD gives me. After seeing Mavis on Austin City limits with Bonnie Raitt, I immediately sought every thing that she had recorded sans Staple Singers. Of course everyone knows her the the group with Pops from "Respect Yourself' How lucky is Bonnie Raitt to be called a 'baby sister" by Miss Staples. Absolutely fabulous CD. Her newest CD is a winner as well.
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