Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976 [Bonus Tracks]

Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976 [Bonus Tracks]

by The Staple SingersThe Staple Singers


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Faith & Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976 isn't career-spanning, as stated by the Concord label. The proof is right there, in the title. Throughout the latter part of the '70s and during the mid-'80s, the Staple Singers recorded strong material for the Warner Bros. and Private I labels. Nonetheless, as of 2015, this box set was easily the most comprehensive Staples anthology. Physical copies consist of four discs, as well as a re-pressing of an early-'50s single, "Faith and Grace" b/w "These Are They," which was produced in a one-time limited edition of 500 copies, sold at Staples performances. That alone is enough to stir the interest of longtime fans. Even without those two songs, Faith & Grace would be almost as close to essential as it gets for a box set. It covers the group's stints with Vee-Jay, United, Riverside, Epic, and Stax, a rich period during which they evolved from an acoustic gospel-folk group that performed in small churches into a genre-crossing main attraction for 110,000 people at the Los Angeles Coliseum (as documented on Wattstax). The selection of highlights is thoughtful, if imperfect. There are '50s A-sides like "It Rained Children" and "I Had a Dream," and the charting '60s cuts "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" and "For What It's Worth," the latter of which they made their own as much as anything written by Pops Staples. While the Stax-era material includes the major classics "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)," there are some peculiar omissions. Neither "This World" nor the Wattstax version of "Oh La De Da" made the cut, even though both were Top Ten R&B hits. The previously unreleased material isn't revelatory, though it's fascinating to hear a demo of Mack Rice and Luther Ingram's "Respect Yourself" fronted aggressively by Rice. Packaged folio style with an abundance of photographs and liner notes, it's a generous overview -- track-selection flaws notwithstanding -- of a crucial 20th century musical institution. [The set was also released with two bonus tracks: "Faith and Grace" and "These Are They."]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072369696
catalogNumber: 36969


Disc 1

  1. It Rained Children
  2. I Just Can't Keep It to Myself
  3. Each Day
  4. God's Wonderful Love
  5. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray
  6. I've Got a New Home
  7. Uncloudy Day
  8. Come on Up in Glory
  9. I Know I Got Religion
  10. Swing Down Chariot
  11. I Had a Dream
  12. Help Me Jesus
  13. Low Is the Way
  14. This May Be the Last Time
  15. So Soon
  16. I'm So Glad
  17. Pray On
  18. Good News
  19. Downward Road
  20. Don't Drive Me Away

Disc 2

  1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  2. Don't Knock
  3. Medley: Too Close/I’m on My Way Home/I’m Coming Home/He’s Alright
  4. Swing Low
  5. Calling Me
  6. Stand by Me
  7. Hammer and Nails
  8. Gloryland
  9. Hear My Call, Here
  10. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  11. New-Born Soul
  12. Dying Man's Plea
  13. Great Day
  14. There Was a Star
  15. Use What You Got
  16. Let That Liar Alone
  17. I Can't Help From Cryin' Sometime
  18. Blowin in the Wind
  19. This Land
  20. I Know I've Been Changed

Disc 3

  1. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
  2. Masters of War
  3. What Are They Doing (In Heaven Today)
  4. I Wish I Had Answered
  5. I'll Fly Away
  6. Tell Him What You Want
  7. Be Careful of the Stones You Throw
  8. Samson and Delilah
  9. As an Eagle Stirreth
  10. The Freedom Highway
  11. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
  12. John Brown
  13. Waiting for My Child
  14. It's Been a Change
  15. For What It's Worth
  16. Let's Get Together
  17. Crying in the Chapel
  18. Long Walk to D.C.
  19. Got to Be Some Changes Made
  20. Slow Train

Disc 4

  1. I See It
  2. The Ghetto
  3. When Will We Be Paid
  4. God Bless the Children
  5. The Challenge
  6. Brand New Day
  7. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)
  8. I Like the Things About You
  9. You're Gonna Make Me Cry
  10. Respect Yourself
  11. I'll Take You There
  12. The World
  13. I'm Just Another Soldier
  14. Are You Sure
  15. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
  16. Touch a Hand (Make a Friend)
  17. Back Road Into Town
  18. Let's Do It Again
  19. The Weight
  20. Respect Yourself

Disc 5

  1. Faith and Grace
  2. These Are They

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