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The Staple Singers Earliest Recordings Part Of New Box Set

09/29/2015
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A new 4-disc box set from The Staple Singers, covering material from the group's entire career, is set to be released on November 13th and will include a special vinyl 7" that features their earliest known recordings.

The set will be entitled "Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976" and will be released by Stax/Concord Music Group in a limited edition deluxe box set version with 4CDs and the 7" vinyl disc, and digitally. Fans can preorder it here.

The box set will be housed in an old-school "45-folio" and will include a book with rare photographs and liner notes from Mavis Staples, James Miller, Opal Louis Nations and producer Joe McEwen.

The special 7" vinyl bonus disc will feature the acclaimed group's earliest known recordings, "Faith and Grace" and "These Are They," which were created in 1953 in the Chicago basement of a friend of Pops Staples.

The only time that these recordings had previous been available was directly from the group who released a limited run of about 500 copies that they had pressed on 78 RPM records.

The set will also include the 1960 live performance in Clarksdale, Mississippi "Medley: Too Close/I'm On My Way Home/I'm Coming Home/He's Alright (Live)," which has previously never been released in its entirety.

Tracklisting:

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 Again
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 (Let Me Ride)
11. I Had A Dream
12. Help Me Jesus
13. Low Is The Way
14. This May Be The Last Time [Alternate Take]
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 [Live]
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 Is Your 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. Wish I Had Answered [Live At Newport]
5. I'll Fly Away
6. Tell Him What You Want [Stapleton Singers]
7. Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw
8. Samson & Delilah
9. As An Eagle Stirreth Her Nest
10. 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 [Mavis Staples With The Staple Singers]
18. Long Walk To D.C.
19. Got To Be Some Changes
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 [Theme From The Motion Picture The Landlord]
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. This 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 [The Band feat. Staple Singers]
20. Respect Yourself [Demo]

7" track listing:

Side A
1. Faith and Grace

Side B
1. These Are They

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