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Great Day CD

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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Milestone
  • ASIN: B000000XW7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,873 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 I)
6. I'm Willin' (Part II)
7. Great Day
8. Do You Know Him?
9. New-Born Soul
10. A Dying Man's Plea
11. New Home
12. Wish I Had Answered
13. A Better Home
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

Product Description

‘Great Day’ offers a useful round-up of this influential gospel/soul groups’ recordings for the Riverside label during the early ‘60s. Recorded in 1962-1964. Originally released on Riverside as three separate titles: ‘Hammer and Nails’, ‘This Land’, and ‘This Little Light’. All tracks are digitally remastered and the booklet includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch. Personnel: Roebuck "Pops" Staples (vocals, guitar), Yvonne Staples (vocals, background vocals), Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples (vocals), Johnny Pate (acoustic bass), Phil Upchurch (electric bass), Gus Johnson, Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall, Al Duncan (drums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Richardson on 9 July 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When you hear this music, you'll feel you've known it all your life. It swings along and it's uplifting, happy, and not in the least bit schmaltzy. Now, I've forgotten what i was complaining about! Oh well! It can't have been much, can it?
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11 stars! ESSENTIAL! Haunting! #1 Best album of all time. 4 Jan. 2005
By Pete - Published on
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
They never go wrong 3 Dec. 2001
By nadav haber - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastico 13 Aug. 2004
By K. Sherman - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Staple Singers -- a treasure 10 Feb. 2007
By E. Stadum - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Essential Folk that shows the roots of their later Funk 2 Jun. 2008
By Sambson - Published on
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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