You Are Not Alone
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You Are Not Alone

September 10, 2010

  Song Title
Don't Knock
You Are Not Alone
Downward Road
In Christ There Is No East Or West
Creep Along Moses
Losing You
I Belong To The Band
Last Train
Only The Lord Knows
Wrote A Song For Everyone
We're Gonna Make It
Wonderful Savior
Too Close/On My Way To Heaven

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2010 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 45:08
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  • ASIN: B0041SEZ9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,160 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be the coolest 'gospel' record ever made September 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
You can't really classify Mavis--she's less a gospel singer or soul singer and more a piece of American history in musical form, and she uses her voice to channel her unique experience and her special spirit.

On this album she does sing quite a few gospel songs, and you can really hear how vital her faith is to her life. But her band is a rocking, rootsty, bluesy trio, her backup singers range from indie rockers (the Neko Case affiliated duo of Nora O'Connor and Kelly Hogan) to 70's-power ballad veterans (Donny Gerrard sang lead on a Top Ten hit for Skylark that Tupac sampled), and with Jeff Tweedy picking decidedly non-gospel songs by Fogerty, Randy Newman, Little Milton and Allen Touissant plus writing two new ones for her to sing, the record easily transcends the "gospel" tag. The result is a rollicking set of songs with the common denominator being Mavis' force of nature voice soaring, celebrating, whispering and goading you into smiling and nodding and singing along.

While not every song totally works ('Creep Along Moses' is a little too stuttery and off-the-wall for me), the halfway track, "I Belong To the Band" epitomizes the album: Mavis singing an old-timey standard with all her heart and soul and creating a joyful, jumping house party singalong with a fat bassline and a killer guitar solo. And even an atheist can love that...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mavis' best in a long long time September 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Mavis Staples as part of the Staples Singers and especially since her early outings as a solo artist on Volt with Steve Cropper and Don Davis producing. Since the demise of Stax, Mavis had a great album produced by Prince and Al Bell. Since then, apart from an outing with Lucky Peterson on Verve, her output has been very spotty. On this album, she's back in great form. I've not followed Jeff Tweedy but his production is really sympathetic to her voice as well as soulful - with a lead guitar that while lacking some of the melody is reminiscent of Pops Staples. A really good album. Also sounds better on CD than on the Amazon sound clips.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mavis Staples - The power of soul September 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
What a treat to stumble onto this album streaming alongside Robert Plant's brilliant new record "Band of Joy" on the the excellent New Public Radio. Mavis Staples voice at the age of 71 remains a minor miracle and her gospel zeal is fundamentally intact. On her version of "Pops" Staples "Downward Road" the third song on this new album she openly berates those amongst us who are "unbelieving souls" and it is indeed a fearsome salutatory warning to all ungodly pagans (I must pop along to the the old non conformist chapel one Sunday!) Indeed listening to her enduring and rich deep soul contralto it suggests that being on the side of the lord has done her no harm whatsoever with this set of deeply rooted gospel songs being her best in years. An additional and more secular factor may also be the presence of Wilco's resident genius Jeff Tweedy providing the albums production and a couple of songs including the gently rolling country soul of the title track which must be one of the best songs that Tweedy has never recorded with his own band.

The Tweedy-Staples pairing does not seem that likely a partnership but shared love of both of them for Chicago blues, gospel and R&B provides the unifying force and it works a treat. No where is this more apparent than on the stirring "Creep along Moses" which is the type of gospel powerhouse infused with the emotion that is at the heart of soul music and is an aural delight to savour. It takes considerable restraint not to utter a loud "hallelujah" at the songs conclusion. The mood slows on Staples dramatic cover of Randy Newman's "Losing you" which is infused with so much genuine authenticity and passion that it will barely leave a dry eye in the house particularly when she sings "Do you know how much you mean to me?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album September 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am really glad I purchased this album. I love Jeff Tweedy, and think he is a brilliant singer/song writer. I have liked other albums that cross generations, Jack White/Loretta Lynn and Ryan Adams/Willie Nelson, so I expected to like this one as well. What I didn't expect, though, was to like it as much as I do. It is beautiful, spiritual, soulful, rocking, and bluesy all in one. There are several songs about Christianity, but even if you are not a Christian, I think you will enjoy this album if you like the Blues and Americana music. When Mavis sings, "Join hands, have faith, whatever your faith may be..." it is hard not to stamp your feet and clap your hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy on the ears, yet rootsy November 27, 2010
By Matthew
Format:MP3 Music
My love for Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers goes back to 1972 when I was 20. I belonged to a somewhat cultish home-church in which listening to secular music was greatly frowned upon. As a poet, I had the Psalms as a model that could not be spoken against, but as a fan of the blues among other music, I was greatly cramped. So much Christian music was and is over-produced, over-commercial and derivative. (This last goes mostly for those who record as "Christian Artists." There is of course more and more great work all the time by indie and "secular" artists who hold Christian world views.)

The local Woolworth's came to my rescue with very cheaply manufactured, crackly LPs on the Upfront label by the Staple Singers and the Harmonizing Four. This was my first intro to these original recordings made close to two decades earlier, and to the rich and haunting genre of blues-based black gospel. These gave me something I could actually enjoy deep-down that also fit the bill of being thoroughly Christian.

Coming down to the album at hand, Mavis has lost none of her rootsy soulfulness, but the sound is much easier on the ears than those old albums. (The modern downloads I have of the Staple Singers original recordings are also much better.) I'm not familiar with the producer by name, but the production is tight without being slick. The choice of songs, whether "Christian" or not, is wonderful, and the album really flows. The first song "Don't Knock" and the second song of the last medley, "On My Way," are two of the songs on my old Upfront LP, and it's good to hear them this way. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mavis is a staple in my music collection...
Sorry for the pun, but it's true. I am usually full of snark, but I cannot deny a profound appreciation for the national treasure that is this woman's voice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Big Poot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff.
Excellent. A great mix of her classic gospel with barebones telecaster-driven backup. Nothing sappy or over-produced here. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luthier
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring music
mavis staples has a deep rich voice that fills you with calm and joy when you hear it. excellent selection of old time gospel music, a great selection.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody to Love
This is one Cd I can listen to over and over. I knew as soon as I heard her on the radio there was something truly deep about her music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ted of Deerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars See rating for 'One True Vine'
I am so blessed by your songs and I know my brother, David Morris, is being blessed in Heaven. Thank You Mavis
Published 8 months ago by Nitzy Black
5.0 out of 5 stars All the great tracks
Very good selection of the best of Mavis Staples.especially enjoyed the track "Train" (?). Item arrived safe although with a card bord case rather than the usual plastic... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Little-susie-floozie
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed Newcomer to Mavis Staples
I had vaguely heard of Mavis Staples before but did not think that hers was the kind of music I would like. Was I wrong! This CD is terrific. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Virginia Macias
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Alone
This album deserves every accolade and award it received. Mavis Staples' voice is hauntingly beautiful. I just miss liner notes on digital downloads. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martin Van Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this singer!!
She is is awwwwwsome!!!! Love to hear the songs and the meanings to them! The new singers should take a lesson.
Published 11 months ago by Debra
5.0 out of 5 stars mavis still got
I love the album Even though it is a more modern Mavis Staples selections She does not stray away from the original formula I highly recommend this album
Published 12 months ago by showtime
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