The Staple Singers – 1965 – Freedom Highway
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Freedom Highway Complete is a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support and celebration of that year’s historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama.
Featuring previously unreleased performances, the spiritually uplifting service, “Pops” Staples’ Intro and Outro and more, Freedom Highway Complete puts the listener right in the church, with the Staples, the choir, the band, and the congregation for a once-in-a-lifetime event.
First released on Epic Records as an LP in 1965, the original Freedom Highway album, constrained by the time limits of 12″ vinyl, edited the New Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church concert and service down to key performance tracks. The new Legacy edition marks the first-ever release of the full concert and service.
By T. Blade
FREEDOM HIGHWAY COMPLETE
One of the GREAT LIVE albums of all time and now more live-er than ever.
Spectacular in both subtlety and emotion – reverence and soul.
Love the open ambiance of the church and The Staples Family and congregation and the babies and the Pastor and the neighborhood – feels like I’m there. Wanna be there –
This album, among many things, shows us just how great Pops is as a guitar player and arranger – he opens up – rocks – is a simpatico accompanist – a master of tremelo and dynamics. Pops takes all the guitar players to school in this music.
The power of the message and performance and time and space of this recording is a monument to The Staple Singers and of The Civil RIghts Movement.
A wonderful album and up there with the great live albums – Duke Ellington @ Newport – James Brown at the Apollo – B.B. King LIVE At The Regal – Aretha at the Fillmore – Lou Reed Rock & Roll Animal – Bob Dylan LIVE The Rolling Thunder Revue.
Performance is great and historic – sound is great – package and Robert Gordon’s notes are spot on and informative.
Highly highly recommend this album on CD and vinyl.