|Music On Vinyl
Release Date: 13 April 2015
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|STAPLE SINGERS FREEDOM HIGHWAY (EXPANDED) Limited Gatefold 180gram Audiophile Vinyl 2LP Set
Originally released in 1965 as a live in-church session, this reissue of Freedom Highway includes two of the original LP tracks supplemented by some truly spirited late Ė'60s Epic recordings.
This service was recorded when the nation was fraught with racial tension, when armed officers of the law needed little provocation to kill people of color, and when there was rioting in the street over these killings. As contemporary as it may sound, this performance was recorded fifty years ago. Five decades on, the Staple Singers' beautiful, spiritual demand for equality, for justice, for freedom remains timely. And necessary.
Freedom Highway follows an arc that mirrors the religious, political, and social fervor of the '6os as filtered through the warm vibrato of Pops Staples 'amplifier and the golden throats of his brood. Gospel standards like "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "Wade In The Water" benefit from the full band arrangements.
The Staple Singers, Cleotha Harris, Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples, and Yvonne Staples recorded a beautiful album with songs like "When The Saints Go Marching In", "Help me Jesus", and "We Shall Overcome".
180 gram audiophile vinyl
Gatefold sleeve + printed innersleeves
The historic & legendary service in its entirety
7 previously unreleased tracks (30+ minutes of extra material)
Liner notes by renowned author and documentarian Robert Gordon
1. INTRO BY POPS STAPLES (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
2. WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN
3. THE FUNERAL
4. BUILD ON THAT SHORE
5. WE SHALL OVERCOME
6. FREEDOM HIGHWAY (EXPANDED)
1. WHAT YOU GONNA DO?
2. PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND
3. WHEN I'M GONE
4. HELP ME JESUS (EXPANDED)
1. REV. HOPKINS/OFFERING (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
2. JESUS IS ALL (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
3. SAMSON AND DELILAH (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
4. VIEW THE HOLY CITY (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
1. TELL HEAVEN
2. HE'S ALL RIGHT (EXPANDED)
3. POPS OUTRO (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
4. BENEDICTION (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)