Throughout the distinct phases of their recording career, from straight rhythmic gospel to Civil Rights protest anthems, to what might be called soul folk to the funky grit of their Stax years, the Staple Singers always delivered songs that said something, and even when the grooves of songs like 1971's "Respect Yourself" or 1972's reggae-tinged "I'll Take You There" were sending people to the dancefloors, the lyrics were hopeful, message-driven missives of support for a better self, a better community, and a better world. Stax Profiles is a fine anthology which collects tracks recorded between 1968 and 1975 during the Staple Singers productive stay at Stax Records, and includes both "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," as well as the powerful "City in the Sky," "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend," "Are You Sure," with its brilliantly staggered vocals, and the Steve Cropper produced "Long Walk to D.C." There isn't a single lame track here, and while there are lengthier collections of the Staple Singers' Stax years on the market, this one has a wonderful flow.
The Staple Swingers is a 1971 album by the Staple Singers. This would be The Staple Singers first album to be produced by Al Bell and recorded in Muscle Shoals. Other changes saw brother Pervis Staples be replaced by sister Yvonne Staples prior to the recording of this album. Released in 1971, this album would chart at #9 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.
Celebrating one of the biggest names in soul, gospel and folk, and a respected voice in the civil rights movement: The Staple Singers. Their time at Stax brought the legendary family band to a new level of stardom, with hits "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," both included in this album, among many other favorites. This timely compilation comes on the heels of Mavis Staples’ 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, as well as the documentary, Mavis! This collection highlights the music of The Staple Singers, who, when they joined the label, were already one of the biggest names in the gospel and folk world, and a respected voice in the civil rights movement. Their time at Stax brought the family band – consisting of Roebuck “Pops” Staples and his daughters Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha –to another level of stardom, with their breakout title, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself. Title track "Respect Yourself," reached the Number Two position on Billboard's Soul/R&B chart, while "I'll Take You There," with its infectious beat, hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. This album features these two hits, plus such favorites as “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)”, “The Weight” and civil rights anthem “Long Walk to D.C.”