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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B0002QPSW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hammer And Nails
2. Nobody's Fault But Mine
3. Too Close
4. Uncloudy Day
5. Won't You Sit Down (Sit Down Servant)
6. I Wish I Had Answered
7. A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
8. Swing Low
9. This May Be the Last Time
10. For What It's Worth
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Disc: 2
1. This World
2. I Have Learned To Do Without You
3. Respect Yourself
4. Tryin' Time
5. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha Na Boom Boom)
6. I'll Take You There
7. You've Got to Earn It
8. The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me
9. Oh La De Da
10. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
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A long-overdue salute to the first family of gospel soul – Pops, Mavis, Pervis, Cleotha and Yvonne - the Staple Singers. Incorporating selections from almost every label the Staples recorded for between 1954 and 1984, the 150+ minutes running time features all the important hits, the best B-sides and album tracks, alternate mixes of familiar recordings and several previously unreleased solo sides by Mavis and Pops. First time on UK CD for around a third of the tracks – including the group’s take on Talking Heads’ "Slippery People" (featuring TH’s David Byrne on guitar). Handsomely illustrated booklet containing much rare ephemera and hitherto-unseen pictures. Sleevenotes by eminent Stax historian Rob Bowman, who interviewed Mavis Staples specifically for this project.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Like most people I came across the Staple Singers through their fabulous run of Stax and Curtom sides in the Seventies (although their career stretched back to Gospel roots in the Fifties). This truly impressive double CD by Ace Records of the UK (using their Kent Soul logo) is a thorough and deeply satisfying retro for one of the most underrated Soul acts of all time.

UK released September 2004 - Ace/Kent Soul CDKEN2 240 (Barcode 02966722402) offers up 44 tracks across 2 CDs covering 1955 to 1984 - with 4 previously unreleased thrown in. Disc 1 roughly deals with 1955 up to 1971 while Disc 2 covers everything after that. Here's a breakdown...

DISC 1: (76:07 minutes)
1. Hammer And Nails
2. Nobody's Fault But Mine
3. Too Close
4. Uncloudy Day
5. Won't You Sit Down (Sit Down Servant)
6. I Wish I Had Answered
7. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fail
8. Swing Low
9. This May Be The Last Time
10. For What It's Worth
11. Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw
12. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
13. It's Been A Change
14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Tracks 1 to 14 feature their Gospel years with the Riverside, Vanguard and Epic labels.

15. The Ghetto
16. Long Walk To DC
17. God Bless The Children
18. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
19. The Gardener
20. When Will We Be Paid For The Work We Did
21. Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas
22. John Henry [Pops Staples]
23. You're Gonna Make Me Cry
24. Solon Bushi
Tracks 15 to 24 touch on the Stax issues from 1968 to 1971

DISC 2: (78:14 minutes)
1. I Have Learned To Do Without [Mavis Staples]
2. Respect Yourself
3. Tryin' Times [Pops Staples]
4. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha Na Boom Boom)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rosemarie greenbank on 12 April 2013
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Absolutely brilliant - love every single track (and there's not many that I can say that of)
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BL MCALINDEN on 22 Jan. 2011
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Buy this compilation I promise you it will save u money. Also, it has the sublime "Trippin On Your Love" enough said!
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One of the lesser known soul groups but we'll worth the money spent on this album. The quality of some of the tracks could be better but that does not take away from a great collection that is timeless. Buy if u r a real soul fan.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ian allan on 17 Jan. 2015
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