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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers is also a celebrated equal rights activist. She's led sing-alongs, sat in at lunch-counter protests, and performed at inaugural parties for presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton. She's even marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This intimate live album was recorded on June 23rd, 2008 at Chicago's famed blues club The Hideout, and Staples has since declared Hope At the Hideout a celebration of hope validated. Fittingly, she opens with a soulful rendition of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." Pushing 70 here, Staples is obviously not hitting all the high notes she once could with ease, but her fevered phrasing, stellar song selections and richly seasoned voice make up for it. Other civil rights-era anthems surface, such as a swampy version of "Down In Mississippi," the triumphant "We Shall Not Be Moved," and a moving cover of her father Pops Staples' "Why Am I Treated So Bad?," replete with gospel singers and participating audience handclaps. "Waiting For My Child" is a powerful standout with a timeless-sounding band and Staples’ off-mic wailing.

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Miss Mavis, For What It's Worth, I was moved.

Mavis Staples is still going strong. She sang for Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. with her family, and now she has been singing for Barrack Obama in her most recent concerts. I had the pleasure of seeing Mavis and her band perform live at Harvard University recently, and fifty years of performing may have slowed her down a bit, but she is still a force of nature. This is the perfect soundtrack for the elation the United States of America is feeling right now. We kept our "Eyes on the Prize" and now we have elected a president who is sending the most postive energys from "Down in Mississippi" along "Freedom Highway" all over the country. With a growl of positivity, Mavis Staples will take us there to "Wade in the Water", to shout, feel good and come together.

Keep your eyes on the prize...

No artist I can think of imparts more soul into what she does than the great Mavis Staples. This is the soundtrack for an election in which the hopes and dreams of so many are about to be realized and country as we know it changed forever. History is being made, and Mavis is once again part of it (she has sang for many Presidents and been an integral part of music as we know it since 1955). All these tracks are top notch- do yourself the favor and jump on it, 5 stars from this soul geek

The first best recording of the 21st century

The performance is spare and amazing - from gospel to blues to rock'n'roll ... this is AMERICAN MUSIC 101. A MUST OWN for EVERY American. "Down in Mississippi" makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. And "For What It's Worth" is reborn and recaptures the spirit with which it was written (around 40 years ago ...)


Born: July 10, 1939 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in 1939 in Chicago, Mavis Staples achieved wide recognition as lead singer for the Staple Singers. She first recorded solo for Stax subsidiary Volt in 1969. Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack on Curtom, a disappointing nod to disco for Warner in 1979, a misguided stab at electro-pop with Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1984, and an uneven album for Paisley Park. Staples has a rich contralto voice that has neither the range of Aretha Franklin nor the power of Patti LaBelle....
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