For those of you who think that all there was to Candi Staton was Young Hearts Run Free or as the featured singer on a rather good house track by The Source, I implore you to check out this album. If you like classic tracks performed by an excellent band and sung with real passion then this album is for you.
The album is a collection of Staton’s recordings on Rick Hall’s Fame label, out of Muscle Shoals Alabama, from 1969 – 1973. This covers the release of her first 2 albums. If there is a better example of Southern Soul then I would like to hear it. The matrial on this album had been unavailable for nearly thirty years until Damon Albarn’s Honest Jon’s label decided to release this compilation in 2003, something I will be forever more grateful to him for than anything else he has done.
Since the release of this album, Candi Staton has released 2 further albums of new material and the voice is nearly as impressive as it is on tracks originally recorded nearly 40 years previously. She came to Glasgow in February this year and unfortunatley I couldn’t go due to baby L being born a month earlier and asking for 2 passes on the same week may have been seen as kicking the arse out of it from some quarters.
Candi Staton – He Called Me Baby
Candi Staton – Stand By Your Man