STA­PLE SINGERS

“For What It’s Worth: The Com­plete Epic Record­ings 1964-1968” SOUL MU­SIC

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Oc­to­ber 12. In 1964, The Sta­ple Singers signed with Epic Records af­ter leav­ing River­side Records. From then un­til the mid­dle of 1968, they recorded six al­bums for the la­bel, all of which are fea­tured in this 3CD box. Dur­ing the years with Epic, The Sta­ple Singers’ sound de­vel­oped into the Soul/Folk sub-genre that came to a com­mer­cial peak at Stax Records dur­ing the 1970s. This 66-track box set is the first-ever ret­ro­spec­tive of their Epic years and fea­tures songs by Bob Dy­lan, Buf­falo Spring­field, Burt Bacharach and Hal David as well as nu­mer­ous orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions by Pop Sta­ples. De­spite their newly-found com­mer­cial suc­cess, the group did not leave any of their gospel roots be­hind. Mavis Sta­ples is fea­tured on lead vo­cals on the ma­jor­ity of tracks but there are also sev­eral vo­cals from Pops Sta­ples and his blues-drenched gui­tar gets much ex­po­sure too.

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