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The Staple Singers Amen!/Why CD

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  • The Staple Singers Straddled the Sacred and Secular Worlds of Like No Group Before or Since 

  • The Enormously Influential Guitar Stylings of Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the Deep-Beyond-Their- Years Vocals of Mavis Staples, and the Exalted Harmonies of Pervis and Cleotha Staples Created a Singular Sound That Somehow Managed to Be Earthy and Soaring at the Same Time 

  • 1965’s Amen! and 1966’s Why Were Their Second and Third Albums and First Two Studio Recordings for the Epic Label 

  • Both Produced by Nashville Legend Billy Sherrill 

  • Includes the Hit “Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" 

  • Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti 

  • Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios inNewYork 

  • CD Debuts for Both Albums 

  • Mavis Staples Is Currently on Tour Promoting Her New Album Livin’ on a High Note Produced by M. Ward, and Will Appear at Coachella and Bonnaroo 

  • One could make the argument that no gospel group before or since has so successfully straddled the sacred and secular worlds as has The Staple Singers. The enormously influential blues guitar stylings of Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the astonishing, wise-beyond-their-years lead vocals of Mavis Staples, and the exalted harmonies of Cleotha, Pervis, and (later) Yvonne Staples packed a punch whether singing about salvation or civil rights. Now, Real Gone Music welcomes “God’s greatest hitmakers” into the fold with its release of two classic albums by The Staple Singers, their second and third releases and first two studio records for the Epic label, both produced by Billy Sherrill. 1965’s Amen! features the infectious title track along with Pervis’ doleful recitation on the powerful “Be Careful of the Stones You Throw,” while 1966’s Why actually scored a minor hit with the timely “Why (Am I Treated So Bad),” and highlights Mavis at her deep, moaning best on “Move Along Train.” CD debuts for both records, with annotation by Gene Sculatti and remastering by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York. Two fantastic records…get ready to move and be moved!



    1. More Than a Hammer and Nail

    2. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

    3. My Jesus Is All

    4. This Train

    5. Praying Time

    6. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw

    7. Samson and Delilah

    8. Nobody’s Fault but Mine

    9. Mary Don’t You Weep

    10. As an Eagle Stirreth Her Nest

    11. Do Something for Yourself

    12. Amen (from Lilies in the Field)


    13. Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)

    14. King of Kings

    15. Step Aside

    16. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

    17. What Are They Doing (in Heaven Today)

    18. Will the Circle Be Unbroken

    19. I’ve Been Scorned

    20. I’m Gonna Tell God (About My Troubles)

    21. My Sweet Home

    22. Move Along Train

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