Candi Staton – 1969 – I’m Just A Prisoner

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Recorded at Rick Hall’s Muscle Shoals studios, this set embodies the essence of Southern soul β€” a hybrid of country, R&B and the blues.

This long-out-of-print set features the novelty tune “I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young One’s Fool)” and a killer cover of O.V. Wright’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is“.

It’s groovy, It’s smooth, excellentΒ  vocal line…definitely one of my top all time albums.

A1 Someone You Use 2:32
A2 I’d Rather Be an Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than a Young Man’s Fool) 2:05
A3 You Don’t Love Me No More 2:19
A4 Evidence 2:35
A5 Sweet Feeling 2:45
B1 Do Your Duty 2:32
B2 That’s How Strong My Love Is 3:25
B3 I’m Just a Prisoner (of Your Good Lovin’) 3:09
B4 Another Man’s Woman, Another Woman’s Man 2:30
B5 Get It When I Want It 2:25

Review by Soulmakossa

Candi Staton was one of the hardest, grittiest ambassadors of downhome, ‘Bama-drenched Southern Soul, recording three highly acclaimed LPs for the FAME label between 1969 and 1972. Her first effort is an incredibly raw and at times ridiculously funky tour de force of sweat-inducing, fatback Southern Soul.

Opening procedures is the wistful, bluesy romp “Someone You Use”, a fine country-soul tune from the pen of her then husband Clarence Carter. Old timey piano and infectious backing vocals guide Staton through this tale of despair.
The hard socking “I’d Rather Be an Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than a Young Man’s Fool)” was also co-written by Carter, and knowing the latter’s tongue-in-cheekiness, it must have been a blast recording this track. The Muscle Shoals band is in full force, check out Roger Hawkin’s tight beats, especially in the outro.
Next up is the achingly beautiful ballad “You Don’t Love Me No More”, a tune sung with the Deep Soul style of conviction (and sense of doom akin to James Carr’s darkest excursions). The weeping horns and the biting guitar fills ad perfectly to the gloomy atmosphere. Truly a showstopper. “Evidence” without a doubt is the hardest and funkiest tune here. The lazy backbeat and slithering bass are augmented by a ‘Pops Staples’-styled heavily reverberated guitar, bursts of brass and in-your-face backup voc’s. The horn-heavy coda is sheer funky soul heaven…

Side A ends on a boogie ‘n’ bouncin’ note with the soulful blues-inspired “Sweet Feeling” – Staton’s vocal here is deliciously raw, rough and completely unrestrained.
Candi delves back into the funk bag on the flip with the stupidly rocking “Do Your Duty”, with its rat-tat-tat drum pattern on the chorus, perfectly juxtaposed with the razor sharp flurries of brass. When she belts out ‘DO! Do your duty!’, you sit up and listen, jack.
Roosevelt Jamison’s classic “That’s How Strong My Love Is” follows, and while, to me, no version surpasses Little Milton’s 1973 take, this traditionally executed ballad does feature some eerie, ’50s-styled backing vocals. And hearing Staton build up to the vocal climax in the middle as well as the end of the song, truly is a goosebump inducing experience. Brilliant.
A funky stew is served once more with the dynamic “I’m Just a Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin’)”, which rides on the back of Hawkin’s busy drums and Spooner Oldham’s thick-as-gravy keyboard workout. Clarence Carter would record an almost exact version of this tune for his last FAME album ‘Patches’ in 1970.
“Another Man’s Woman, Another Woman’s Man”, in contrast, is the most sensitive, delicate track here. Another feast of soulful vocal bliss, the song slightly resembles the make-up of Aretha Franklin‘s “Do Right Man, Do Right Woman”.
Candi Staton’s first full length LP ends on a thumpin’ note with the funk ‘n’ roll of “Get It When I Want It”, which saddles a superlative groove, further enhanced by a healthy dose of greasy, soul-powered horns.

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  • hooch
    Posted at 21:04h, 20 February 2009 Reply

    Superb album – thanks Nikos!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:48h, 20 February 2009 Reply

    Great post nikos killer album.

  • PretOria
    Posted at 22:59h, 20 February 2009 Reply

    Grazie Nikps Fantastic Candy is a nice girls in a Young years

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 23:21h, 20 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you. Much appreciated.

  • johnathan
    Posted at 01:07h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    A must have foe every southern soul fan.

  • SoulSauce
    Posted at 01:51h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    If the rest of the tracks are as good as “I’m Just A Prisoner,” then this album is gonna be fire. Thanks.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Ah yes, Candi’s awesome. Thanks again!

  • robert
    Posted at 11:15h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Candi Staton is so amazing. Ever since that Honest Jon’s comp came out I been after everything of hers I can find. Thanks for this!

  • Mehuto
    Posted at 12:49h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    this album sounds so good ! ” I’d rather be…” is a dynamite. I love her voice πŸ™‚

  • Alvis Edgar
    Posted at 13:00h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    One of the best southern soul albums ever. Thanks, Nikos.

  • espouser
    Posted at 17:19h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Stone groove this one! More Fame souls cuts please- love that muscle shoals sound. BTW, there is a brand new Candi Stanton CD out called Who’s Hurtin Now?- her voice is sounding good as ever on some great soul-country tunes.

    Track List:

    Breaking Down Slow
    Who’s Hurting Now?
    I Feel The Same
    Mercy Now
    I Don’t Know
    Lonely Don’t
    Get Your Hands Dirty
    Dust On My Pillow
    Cry Baby Cry
    I Don’t Want For Anything
    Light In Your Eyes

  • Michael
    Posted at 20:53h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting this timeless album.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 21:42h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Candi Staton Stands as one of the Undisputed Queens of Soul and this album brings her long legendary Muscle Shoals debut recorded for Fame Records. The songs are masterpieces of the genre, the musicianship astounding, the Production perfectly tailored, and all of these topped by her unmistakeable voice.

  • Bobby
    Posted at 00:39h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    Echo, echo, echo…

  • Peter
    Posted at 00:46h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    I remember listening to these songs back in the day and loving her voice. She sings all of her songs with emotion, strength, and most of all, reality.

  • agnies
    Posted at 03:09h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    absolutely amazing ! thank you ! you are the best!

  • Jack
    Posted at 13:52h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    Fantastic. thanks for sharing.

  • Marianne
    Posted at 14:14h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    What a woman with a razor sharp voice. Listen to the music with heart because Candi Staton puts her heart & soul into every song on this album.

  • Fever
    Posted at 17:50h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    Awesome post! That’s Soul Music.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 18:46h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    Beautiful Stuff Nikos!! Much Thanks!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 18:59h, 22 February 2009 Reply

    Sweet as a candy……..i adore her.

  • Jason
    Posted at 00:34h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    Just Lovely, one of the most underrated and best singers of southern soul.

  • Dimitris
    Posted at 01:50h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    In dark days like these, what a joy it is at last to hear this album and see the recognition Candi Staton’s work is receiving from young people hearing it for the first time.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:42h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    never heard this one….one word..Beautiful thanks dude jean paris

  • Lucas
    Posted at 09:58h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    Amazing album and singer. Thanks a lot.

  • Danny
    Posted at 12:06h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    Candi Staton’s Fame recordings are precious. There’s a cd with all of them. Thanks for sharing nikos.

  • Keith
    Posted at 17:23h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    That’s incredible. I loved it. Thanks for posting it.

  • Kevin
    Posted at 21:00h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    WOW! for fans of Muscle Shoals-era Aretha, this is your record!

  • Comeonpilgrim
    Posted at 00:05h, 24 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for this great record. I have been looking for this record very long time. Once again, Thank you!

  • Soul Bonanza
    Posted at 00:47h, 24 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much for this fantastic LP!

  • Gabriel
    Posted at 01:36h, 24 February 2009 Reply

    Wow!! Great soul dynamo!!!

  • LK
    Posted at 02:43h, 24 February 2009 Reply

    One realy groovy record! Hats off!

  • Lauran
    Posted at 11:00h, 24 February 2009 Reply

    I agree. An amazing share.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 16:00h, 26 February 2009 Reply

    Wow! Amazing!!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 16:04h, 26 February 2009 Reply

    Amazing – Candi’s Fame recordings were so rare that I began to think only Indiana Jones could have procured a copy. Then she suddenly became popular again and her whole Fame catalogue was suddenly available. Fickle doesn’t begin to describe it, but hey, who cares ?!! From a truly gifted songstress with that soulful vibratto I love so much – many thanks Nikos. I believe that this is definitely something that MusicMeiho would have adored. May she rest in peace

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:43h, 26 February 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • joys
    Posted at 11:42h, 27 February 2009 Reply

    Always appreciated your choice. Thanx so much for sharing this album

  • darcy
    Posted at 03:02h, 28 February 2009 Reply

    I fell in love with Candi’s voice back in 72-73. Finally I saw her live last week – I can’t believe 37 years after I first heard her she was in my (UK) home town performing, still sounding – and looking – so great. For me she is the greatest soul singer ever – so much feeling in that voice.

  • Claudio
    Posted at 00:29h, 02 March 2009 Reply

    Excellent, a discover for me: Thanks

  • whoknows
    Posted at 01:37h, 02 March 2009 Reply

    Awesome stuff! thanks again, much peace!

  • nlee1903
    Posted at 02:55h, 02 March 2009 Reply

    Amazing album, thanks for the post.

    Posted at 16:12h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    thanks for Dr c c ex album which he had a lot to do with but bay can she sing THANKS

  • kumokumo
    Posted at 15:02h, 10 April 2009 Reply

    Candi + Muscle Shoals = Goosebumps. Thanks man.
    Will see Candi next weekend. Hopefully she will perform some songs from this era.

  • Maciko
    Posted at 23:07h, 29 April 2009 Reply

    Great one !! many thanks

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  • Ben
    Posted at 14:21h, 17 August 2009 Reply

    I knew the famous best of with a part of this album … thanks for the post !

  • rico
    Posted at 10:31h, 29 October 2009 Reply

    Candi Staton – 1969 – I’m Just A Prisoner.Thank you for this excluded but impossible of the ecouter because I need the word of pass for decompresser thank you in advance you is too strong Nikos!!.Thanks for rico

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 15:18h, 11 March 2010 Reply

    Thank you so much for I’m Just A Prisoner from an underappreciated vocalist. Thanks for posting the other Candi Staton album as well. You are the best!

  • Lynx
    Posted at 17:29h, 27 April 2010 Reply

    wow… what an album… great production, great voice .. !
    thanks alot.. !

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