The Staple Singers / Faith And Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976


Listen to a family’s musical odyssey unfold with this new five-disc set from Universal Music Catalogue, the first-ever comprehensive overview of the career of The Staple Singers

Featuring the extraordinary voice of Mavis Staples, the family band delivered Seventies’ R&B/Soul classics such as Respect Yourself, I’ll Take You There and Let’s Do It Again, all of which are included here. Among the 80 songs on four CDs, you’ll find all of the group’s best-loved hits, studio and live recordings, plus a sprinkling of demos and previously unreleased material.

The fifth disc in the set is a seven-inch vinyl single with the group’s two earliest known recordings, A-side Faith and Grace and B-side These Are They. This is the first time these two tracks have been available in any format since the Staples’ self-released edition of 500.

The CDs and vinyl record are packaged in an old-school ‘45-folio’ package, and the accompanying book promises rarely seen photos of the family taken over the course of their career plus new liner notes by Mavis Staples, Opal Louis Nations, James Miller and compilation producer Joe McEwen. All in all, it sounds like an alluring package for self-respecting Staples Singers’ fans! 

Faith And Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976 is released on 13 November 2015.




CD 1

  1. It Rained Children
  2. I Just Can’t Keep It To Myself
  3. Each Day
  4. God’s Wonderful Love
  5. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
  6. I’ve Got A New Home
  7. Uncloudy Day
  8. Come On Up In Glory
  9. I Know I Got Religion
  10. Swing Down Chariot (Let Me Ride)
  11. I Had A Dream
  12. Help Me Jesus
  13. Low Is The Way
  14. This May Be The Last Time [Alternate Take]
  15. So Soon
  16. I’m So Glad
  17. Pray On
  18. Good News
  19. Downward Road
  20. Don’t Drive Me Away


  1. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  2. Don’t Knock
  3. Medley: Too Close/I’m On My Way Home/I’m Coming Home/He’s Alright [Live]
  4. Swing Low
  5. Calling Me
  6. Stand By Me
  7. Hammer And Nails
  8. Gloryland
  9. Hear My Call, Here
  10. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen
  11. New-Born Soul
  12. Dying Man’s Plea
  13. Great Day
  14. There Was A Star
  15. Use What You Got
  16. Let That Liar Alone
  17. I Can’t Help From Cryin’ Sometime
  18. Blowin’ In The Wind
  19. This Land Is Your Land
  20. I Know I’ve Been Changed

CD 3

  1. A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
  2. Masters Of War
  3. What Are They Doing (In Heaven Today)
  4. Wish I Had Answered [Live At Newport]
  5. I’ll Fly Away
  6. Tell Him What You Want [Stapleton Singers]
  7. Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw
  8. Samson & Delilah
  9. As An Eagle Stirreth Her Nest
  10. Freedom Highway
  11. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
  12. John Brown
  13. Waiting For My Child
  14. It’s Been A Change
  15. For What It’s Worth
  16. Let’s Get Together
  17. Crying In The Chapel [Mavis Staples With The Staple Singers]
  18. Long Walk To D.C.
  19. Got To Be Some Changes
  20. Slow Train

CD 4

  1. I See It
  2. The Ghetto
  3. When Will We Be Paid
  4. God Bless The Children
  5. The Challenge
  6. Brand New Day [Theme From The Motion Picture The Landlord]
  7. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)
  8. I Like The Things About You
  9. You’re Gonna Make Me Cry
  10. Respect Yourself
  11. I’ll Take You There
  12. This World
  13. I’m Just Another Soldier
  14. Are You Sure
  15. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
  16. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend
  17. Back Road Into Town
  18. Let’s Do It Again
  19. The Weight [The Band feat. Staple Singers]
  20. Respect Yourself [Demo]

7-inch vinyl

A-side: Faith and Grace

B-side: These Are They



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Bert B

It is an excellent beautiful booklet, very well laid out, with lots of pictures through the decades and detailed recording information per song. And amazing music of course, with several previously unpublished songs.
Great stuff!


Ordered this Monday and it arrived today after being out of stock when ordered. Amazing service from Amazon Canada. Great package also, although the discs are a little hard to get out.


Any idea if these will be album or single versions? It would make a big difference with some of the later tracks such as I’ll Take You There or Let’s Do It Again… the single versions are much inferior.


This looks absolutely amazing. I have a fair few of the songs already but I shall definitely consider splashing out for it.