Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mavis Staples - The Volt Albums

These two albums were dropped in the Shares by our new friend patsoul, thanks to him! I thought they deserved a run up front as these are the only two Stax/Volt records of Mavis as a solo artist. I'm a little concerned as to how long his Mediafire links will last with their new recognition system so I have provided an embedupload link as well.

Here is the first part of her Wiki bio:
"Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band.

Mavis Staples began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches and appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with "Uncloudy Day" for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck "Pops" Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called "God's Greatest Hitmakers."

With Mavis' voice and Pops' songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops' close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and a version of Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth."

During a December 20, 2008 appearance on National Public Radio's news show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," when Staples was asked about her past personal relationship with Dylan, she admitted they "were good friends, yes indeed" and that he had asked her father for her hand in marriage.

The Staples sang "message" songs like "Long Walk to D.C." and "When Will We Be Paid?," bringing their moving and articulate music to a huge number of young people. The group signed to Stax Records in 1968, joining their gospel harmonies and deep faith with musical accompaniment from members of Booker T. and the MGs. The Staple Singers hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including two No. 1 singles, "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again," and a No. 2 single "Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas?"

Staples made her first solo foray while at Epic Records with The Staple Singers releasing a lone single "Crying in the Chapel" to little fanfare in the late 1960s. The single was finally re-released on the 1994 Sony Music collection Lost Soul. Her first solo album would not come until a 1969 self-titled release for the Stax label...(and) another Stax release, Only for the Lonely, in 1970."


KingCake said...

Below the links for the two Mavis Staples' albums on Volt :
MAVIS STAPLES - 1969 - Same (US-VOLT VOS 6007) stereo
MAVIS STAPLES - 1970 - Only For The Lonely (US-VOLT VOS 6010) stereo


poppachubby said...

Thanks patsoul and KC!! Don't have eiother of these and I am a huge Staple Singers fan. I prefer their gospel work, but I think these will be good.

Jakdolesa said...

...looking forward!!!

the doc said...

Mediafile gone but nice share!!! thank you very much

Anonymous said...

Wow this is gonna be good... Thanks. -john

Jazzjet said...

Thanks patsoul and KC. I have the self-titled album but not the other one so this is a real bonus for me.

flatspin said...

Gospel or soul, the voice of Mavis Staples is unmistakable, incomparable. Simply great. Thanks.

fcapeau said...

Big thanks, KC, for this beautiful post.

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