The first-ever comprehensive, career-spanning overview of The Staple Singers - this limited edition 4-CD box set includes a very special bonus: the earliest known recording of the gospel, soul and R&B group, housed on a 7” vinyl record, marking the first time that this track has been available in any format since the Staples’ self-released edition of 500. The box set is available now to pre-order on Amazon in the following formats: Deluxe Box Set (4CD + 7” vinyl) and digitally.
Housed in a deluxe, old-school "45-folio” package, the accompanying book features new liner notes by Mavis Staples, James Miller, Opal Louis Nations and compilation producer Joe McEwen, as well as rarely seen photos of the family band taken over the course of their career.
The long-lost recordings embodied on the 7” record, "Faith and Grace” and "These Are They,”are the earliest known recordings of The Staple Singers and were made in a friend of Pops Staples’ basement in Chicago in 1953. These have never before been commercially available in any format except the 500 or so copies the Staples pressed themselves on 78 RPM records. The box set also contains the live recording: "Medley: Too Close/I’m On My Way Home/I’m Coming Home/He’s Alright (Live).” This live performance from 1960 Clarksdale, Mississippi has never before been available in its entirety.
The box set is aptly titled Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976 as these qualities are hallmarks of TheStaple Singers. Their music remains soul-stirring and relevant – these songs bring hope in uncertain times. As always, TheStaple Singers take us there.