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We'll Never Turn Back

24 April 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 April 2007
  • Release Date: 24 April 2007
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2007 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 57:49
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  • ASIN: B001F3KWKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,625 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bassett on 23 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
As musical activists in the 1960s, The Staple Singers were powerful voices for equality and change. Working with Dr. Martin Luther King and singing in support of the Civil Right movement, they drew on their spirituality and the strength of the church to achieve social justice.

Mavis Staples' new album, We'll Never Turn Back, combines raw, emotional, contemporized versions of some of the freedom songs, along with other traditional songs, that provided the soundtrack to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and original material written by Staples and producer Ry Cooder. Having helped to define what is righteous and soulful in A merican music, this is Staples' most electrifyingly personal and polemical album of her career.

Ry Cooder and his son, Joaquin, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Mike Elizando, many of the original Freedom Singers and South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo create soundscapes for Mavis' deep-in-the-well, heartfelt vocals to flourish. Mavis ad-libs spoken and sung commentary on several songs, connecting the lyrics to her own life, her family and the issues of the day.

Traditional numbers like This Little Light and 99 are given a new lease of life by Staples' incredible voice and Ry Cooder's powerful arrangements, while the cover of Southern bluesman J.B. Lenoir's Down In Mississippi is an early stand out moment. The new material, however, more than matches up to the feeling of the traditional songs; the title track - co-written by Staples and Cooder - and the Cooder-penned I'll Be Rested both recall the pounding emotion of 1960s gospel music.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barry Martin on 24 April 2007
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Accept no substitute.... Mavis & Ry together? Hallelujah, brothers and sisters! If we lived in Utopia, then this is what radio stations would A-list programme as "R'n'B", instead of the fidgety processed pap for shopgirls that they peddle. Yeah, I know that junk sells, but this is real people playing real instruments with a rare commodity in music today: humanity, soul... call it what you will. Essential for anyone who thinks they know music. Here endeth the lesson!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By valerie felce on 31 Aug 2013
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I absolutely loved this album and will definite be purchasing more of this ladies music, and at the price I paid it's excellent value for money.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 30 May 2007
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What Mavis has chosen to do in this album is to reinterpret a number of classic anthems from the Civil Rights movement as well as including several compositions of her own, all of which are impeccably rendered by an extraordinary voice which may have lost some of its youthful shine but has gained a weary wisdom and lost none of its fierce commitment to tell it like it is, without frills but plenty of class.

Whether or not you share Staples' beliefs or consider yourself a long time fan of the Staples Singers, this is a phenomenal set of songs. If Mavis' voice wasn't enough the album is permeated by the magic of Ry Cooder's production who could not have been a better choice to give these songs, both, their gravitas and their groove. His guitar work in "Down In Mississippi" alone can justify buying this record. This is Cooder at his best, laying a sound as dense and ominous as a Louisiana swamp or as angelic as Gospel longings, as the songs require.

Another musician worthy of note is drummer Jim Keltner, Ry's compadre for so many years, who inhabit these songs with a powerful beat that will resonate in your chest even after the album's over. Along with his work in aforementioned "Down In Mississippi"--my pick from this album for one of the best songs of 07--he's exceptional in "Eyes On The Prize" or the slow shuffle of "In The Mississippi River."

All in all, this is not only a great album but a necessary one. What these songs may reawaken or introduce you to are words that have not lost their significance nor their relevance. Listen to Mavis sing those tracks already spoken for or "I'll Be Rested," "We'll Never Turn Back" or "On My Way." She'll show how much she knows about moving your soul and your body.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By phil mars on 27 Nov 2008
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I don't think you get the most out of this album by running straight through it, Yes Mavis is inspirational, and Ry Cooder the perfect foil, but because the theme stays the same ( obviously ) I can understand why one reviewer found the album dull . It's better to listen to just one or two tracks at a time , and then you can appreciate the full moral force of the lyrics, and the arrangement, without being distracted by the desire to find the whole album 'entertaining'.
There are some gems here, and I think they are the sort that grow on you, if you listen to a track a few times and really get to know it.
Noone has mentioned '99 and 1/2' which has an infectious rhythm and guitar lick , overlaid with Mavis at her enthusiastic best. Indeed Mavis is perfect for these songs, with her combination of harshness, restraint, but determination , as she exorts others to follow the cause.Uplifting.
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