Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Staple Singers "Bealtitude: Respect Yourself"

The Staple Singers

"Bealtitude: Respect Yourself"
( LP Stax Records, 1971 )
Catalog # STS 3002

A1 - This World
A2 - Respect Yourself
A3 - Name The Missing Word
A4 - I'll Take You There
A5 - This Old Town (People In This Town)
B1 - We The People
B2 - Are You Sure
B3 - Who Do You Think You Are? (Jesus Christ The Super Star)
B4 - I'm Just Another Soldier
B5 - Who

Personnel & Credits:
Backing Band [Rhythm] - Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Engineer - Jerry Masters , Ralph Rhods
Engineer, Mixed By - Terry Manning
Horns - Memphis Horns, The
Producer, Arranged By - Al Bell

The Staple Singers: Roebuck Staples (guitar, vocals); Mavis Staples, Cleotha Staples, Yvonne Staples (vocals). Engineers: Ralph Rhodes, Jerry Masters, Terry Manning. Those who would rather explore the Staple Singers with an original album instead of one of the many compilations should start with 1972's BEALTITUDE: RESPECT YOURSELF. The album was their most commercially successful, spawning two Top Ten hits in "Respect Yourself" and the glorious "I'll Take You There." The ultimate fusion of the Staple Singers' gospel roots and Curtis Mayfield-style soul, "I'll Take You There" hit Number One in the spring of 1972. (A third single, the soaring call-and-response "This World," was a major R&B hit that summer, but only barely scraped into the pop charts.) The remaining seven songs are nearly as strong as the singles, including the moving "We the People" and a response to Andrew Lloyd Weber, "Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ Superstar?)." An excellent balance of gospel and soul, BEALTITUDE: RESPECT YOURSELF...

By Rob Bowman:
The Staples' finest single album, containing three Top Ten R&B hits, "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "This World." The first two also were pop Top 20s, "I'll Take You There" going all the way to number one.
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By Celo


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