26 Jan The Staple Singers – 1969 – We’ll Get Over

The Staple Singers – 1969 – We’ll Get Over

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With the musical triumph of Soul Folk in Action the Staples decided to go for a somewhat different musical approch on their second Stax album. The overall sound and the band haven’t changed too much,except for the addition of Marvell Thomas (son of Rufus) on keyboards but aside from featuring an album composed of primarily original material here the Staple’s excersise their gifts as interpretive singers,largely concentrating on cover material done up in their new style. Some are done pretty close to their own style while others have flavors more in keeping with the sound of the originals.

The two originals in the title track and the self written “Tend To Your Own Business” are classic Memphis style soul-funk as bright,energetic and meaningful as the Staples would ever put to wax. The cover material here does tend to follow the contemporary message song concept that the group were making something of their stock and trade all on their own.

Tracks
A1 We’ll Get Over 2:55
A2 Give a Damn 2:16
A3 Everyday People 3:16
A4 The End of Our Road 2:34
A5 Tend to Your Own Business 2:19
A6 Solon Bushi (Japanese Folk Song) 1:33
B1 The Challenge 3:42
B2 God Bless the Children 3:55
B3 Games People Play 3:11
B4 A Wednesday in Your Garden 3:06
B5 The Gardner 2:23
B6 When Do We Get Paid (For the Work We Did) 2:38

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By Soulmakossa

The Staple Singers’ second Stax album produced by Steve Cropper offers another batch of supreme Southern Soul – most of the time raw, rough and dirty, at times a bit glossed up a la the Detroit and Chicago Soul school.

The magnificent opener “We’ll Get Over” is a fat and funky, deeply righteous, anthemic groove, with Mavis at the lead and Pops Staples putting in a divinely bluesy, cracklin’ guitar solo.

The group almost sounds like a rawer version of The 5th Dimension on the heavily orchestrated “Give a Damn“, and another message driven tune, the hard driving soul strut “The Challenge” probably is the greatest example of the Memphis/Detroit cross-fertilization experiment Stax head Al Bell was going for at the time. On the other hand, The Staples take out pretty much all of the poppiness of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People“, giving it a far more churchy groove. Their take on the Guess Who’s “A Wednesday in Your Garden“, however, stays close to the original.   the-staple-singers-well-get-over label 1

Mavis is on another roll on the mid-paced loper “The End of Our Road“, with Pops adding the razor sharp guitar chanks, and the latter turns in a fabulous country-blues-soul stomper with “Tend to Your Own Business“. Aside Pops’ vocal skills, his chops as a guitarist come to the fore here.

The cultural weight of the band is demonstrated with a catchy take on the traditional Japanese folk song “Solon Bushi“, and its socio-political consciousness is fully on display through such message driven tunes as the intense “God Bless the Children” and the baroquely arranged “The Gardener“.

For gutbucket soul jammin’, The Staples put some gospel fire in Joe South’s already explosive “Games People Play” and go for the ‘telling it like it is’ stance on the LP’s last track, the poignant “When Will We Be Paid (For the Work We Did)“.

The album nor its singles charted, despite the superior quality of the music, and Pervis would leave the music business after these sessions. He would be replaced by sister Yvonne, and the family decided to head down to Muscle Shoals for its future recordings.

 

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22 Comments
  • Warren
    Posted at 12:05h, 26 January 2018 Reply

    Another ace by The Staples

  • Tyler
    Posted at 02:33h, 27 January 2018 Reply

    Damn masterpiece

  • What I Feel
    Posted at 02:42h, 27 January 2018 Reply

    Beloved Mavis…….. and the rest of the family… thanks 4 your music 🙋👍✌💞

  • John Ledford
    Posted at 02:52h, 27 January 2018 Reply

    A Southern Soul masterpiece for sure ..Memphis STAXXXXXXX with a few of DETROIT/CHICAGO elemets,
    Mavis is goddess, mad props and respect to Pops ofcourse.

  • Nuno
    Posted at 19:59h, 27 January 2018 Reply

    Precious

  • Ruby Andrews
    Posted at 00:57h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    This song still gives me goosebumps after all these years!

  • Arya
    Posted at 01:05h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    Good old times …i feel nostalgia when i listen this track..i feel so old now…

  • Timothy Wallace
    Posted at 01:26h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    This has to be one of the greatest Stax records ever written. Every single thing about it is perfect.

  • Rita
    Posted at 02:08h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    Adoro essa música

  • Camila
    Posted at 13:44h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    It brings back the good old days when life was such fun.

  • Calvin M
    Posted at 15:23h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    2018 still listening the Staples. I guess great albums like this will stay alive forever

  • Dominic
    Posted at 01:14h, 29 January 2018 Reply

    Love the staples

  • Cornelious
    Posted at 10:34h, 29 January 2018 Reply

    Almost 50 years gone by and Mavis’s voice still gives me chills. Whew!

  • gabriella
    Posted at 02:03h, 30 January 2018 Reply

    isso sim é música!

  • Paul Thomas
    Posted at 22:19h, 30 January 2018 Reply

    One of the greatest Lp’s. It’s so deeply touching my soul!

  • Boz
    Posted at 02:01h, 31 January 2018 Reply

    Just love this band.

  • Norman G
    Posted at 02:02h, 01 February 2018 Reply

    Nothing better than the Staples on Stax. Great work btw.

  • wHOELSE
    Posted at 15:45h, 01 February 2018 Reply

    Best R,n,B blog ever. Respect Nikos and crew.

  • LeoRattans
    Posted at 17:48h, 01 February 2018 Reply

    So glad I found this blog… thanks, Zero G Sound.
    I’m wondering about the bonus sections included,
    are they related to the main post in any way that I
    just fail to see? No complaints mind you, just wot’s uh… the deal?

  • Nikos aka Funkmysoul
    Posted at 01:44h, 02 February 2018 Reply

    LEORATTANS@ Sometimes i add bonus non albums singles (The Intrigues – 1970 – In A Moment),
    Sometimes i add the same group’s other songs or albums (normaly not a whole album but a part) and finally
    i might add just a few songs from the same style from my mp3 collection that should be heard.

  • Rogerio
    Posted at 01:54h, 02 February 2018 Reply

    Top band. Massively underated.

  • Damien
    Posted at 03:05h, 02 February 2018 Reply

    One of the best Stax albums of the time… and since then, a timeless classic! Takes me back…

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