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Friday, April 2, 2010

Legendary Mavis Staples



Biography

Born in 1940 in Chicago, most of Mavis Staples' career has been as lead singer for the Staple Singers. She first recorded solo for Stax subsidiary Volt in 1969. Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack on Curtom, a disappointing nod to disco for Warner in 1979, a misguided stab at electro-pop with Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1984, and an uneven album for Paisley Park. Staples has a rich contralto voice that has neither the range of Aretha Franklin nor the power of Patti LaBelle. Her otherworldly power comes instead from a masterful command of phrasing and a deep-seated sensuality expressed through timbre manipulation. Both the Staple Singers and Mavis found fresh audiences stemming from their participation on the CD Rhythm Country and Blues, and in 1996 she issued Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson. Her next recording project didn't land for another eight years, although Have a Little Faith on Alligator became her highest-profile release in years. We'll Never Turn Back appeared three years later in 2007.


Discography


A lot of thanks to Rare 1 for the the album Oh What A Felling - 1979

10 comments:

Jan said...

I had heard one album of her, so i wanted to hear more. Thank you for these albums.

yotte said...

Awesome! I have only Mavis Staples' two most recent albums. I'm very happy to get a chance to hear her first two and the Mahalia Jackson album (and maybe more). Many thanks!

bbowie said...

thanks so much for the music. I love Mavis' voice and love the material she did with Prince, even though others don't rate that music highly. Thanks again

Johan said...

Thank you! Been looking for this!

mrpsychguy said...

Thanks for another awesome post. I love MS. I love Never going back...soul stirring
mrpsychguy

XOEL said...

Thank you! great collections!!it's be great some about linda lewis!!

jb said...

Thanks so much. Never enough Mavis.

Anonymous said...

Thanks.

dalle said...

Thanks so much for the good music, and specially for the great selection work. Never enough good black music!

Anonymous said...

Howdy and thanks, saw Mavis in Sweden two weeks ago, great!

How about a discography by the Staple Singers? I have never heard their early stuff on Vee-Jay.

Cheers Stuffy

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