MAVIS STAPLES - Only For The Lonely [2 Albums On One CD] (1993)
Mavis Staples began her career with her family group in 1950. With Mavis' earthy contralto voice and Pops' songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staple Singers evolved from enormously popular gospel singers to become the most spectacular and influential spiritually-based group in USA. The group signed to Stax Records in 1968 and hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, joining their gospel harmonies and deep faith with musical accompaniment from members of Booker T. and the MGs. Mavis also recorded two solo albums for Stax Records. The first one, ‘Mavis Staples’, released in 1969, was a fine collection of pop standards like Dionne Warwick's ‘A House Is Not a Home,’ Sam Cooke's ‘You Send Me’ and a pair of Otis Redding songs. The follow-up, 1970's ‘Only for the Lonely’, was even better, yielding the heartbreaking R&B hit ‘I Have Learned to Do Without You,’ the exquisite slow blues ‘How Many Times’, the best version ever recorded of the classic ‘Since I Fell For You’ and the finger-snapping Memphis soul of ‘It Makes Me Wanna Cry.’ The 20 tracks from those two albums were combined on this 1993 CD entitled ‘Only for the Lonely’ and supplemented with ‘That's the Way Love Is,’ a duet with Johnny Taylor from Boy Meets Girl, a Stax collection of male-female duets.
TRACKS: 01. Until I Met You 02. Sweet Things You Do 03. The Choking Kind 04. You're Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger) 05. A House Is Not A Home 06. Security 07. Son Of A Preacher Man 08. Pick Up The Pieces 09. Chained 10. Good To Me 11. You Send Me 12. I Have Learned To Do Without You 13. How Many Times 14. Endlessly 15. You're The Fool 16. Since I Fell For You 17. What Happened To The Real Me 18. Since You Became A Part Of My Life 19. It Makes Me Wanna Cry 20. Don't Change Me Now 21. That's The Way Love Is
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