Have a Little Faith

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Vocalist Mavis Staples was embedded in the sound of the '60s gospel-pop group the Staple Singers, led by her father, Pops Staples. Though she made good albums for Stax in the '60s and, more recently, CDs under the wing of Prince, Staples has not gotten the recognition she deserves. Today you can find her on tribute CDs -- Johnny's Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylanon which she sings a duet with Dylan -- and soundtracks. But it is Staples' debut on Alligator Records, Have a Little Faith,that presents the totality of the singer. While nothing strays far from the leanness and consciousness-raising songs of the Staple ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Vocalist Mavis Staples was embedded in the sound of the '60s gospel-pop group the Staple Singers, led by her father, Pops Staples. Though she made good albums for Stax in the '60s and, more recently, CDs under the wing of Prince, Staples has not gotten the recognition she deserves. Today you can find her on tribute CDs -- Johnny's Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylanon which she sings a duet with Dylan -- and soundtracks. But it is Staples' debut on Alligator Records, Have a Little Faith,that presents the totality of the singer. While nothing strays far from the leanness and consciousness-raising songs of the Staple Singers, Mavis makes each song her own by effortlessly pouring her whole talent into every note. She is bluesy, more uptown than Koko Taylor but rootsier than Etta James, on “I Still Believe in You”; a pop diva on the song that tells her dad’s story, “Pop’s Recipe”; and quite countrified on “The End of the Day.” Standouts are Staples’ funked-up acoustic versions of two traditional tunes, “One Kind Favor” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Have a Little Faith brings Staples into the present with its fine production qualities and her for-all-times talent. Hopefully, a lot of people will be listening.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If ever there were a time for Mavis Staples to return to recording, 2004 is it. Her tenure with her family's group the Staple Singers led by her late father Pops offered a steadying, positive presence on the pop scene during the late antiwar unrest and civil rights struggles of the 1960s through the 1970s. They offered up notions of personal responsibility, dignity, and spiritual hope in a heady and uncertain time. Have a Little Faith is a stellar collection of bluesy folk gospel and classic soul grooves recorded for modern times. Staples co-produced with Jim Tullio, who has also worked with John Martyn who makes a cameo here and Richie Havens. The album is subtle, laden with beautiful dark grooves, moody guitars, organic percussion, and B-3 and Rhodes piano. One can feel the presence and influence of Pops on these sides. He was a musician who understood that the empty spaces left on a record were as important as the music. Tullio gives Staples' gorgeous, grainy contralto a lot of room to weave its own magic amid the wonderfully warm, down-home swirl of the band. The album opener, "Step into the Light," was written by Robi Draco Rosa, Tullio, and Staples and features Martyn on guitar. The Delta blues acoustic slide feel that accompanies Staples at the beginning of the tune is counteranchored by Chris Cameron's clavinet and the backing vocals of the Dixie Hummingbirds. The title cut comes right from Stax/Volt in its beautifully articulated guitar lines and a combination of B-3 and Wurlitzer. But it's Staples' voice with its welcoming conviction and certainty that soars: "There's evil all around us/We got to rise above/Got to fight the good fight/With that war with love/Hold on, hold on/Help is on the way/There's a better tomorrow/I can feel it today." What's amazing is that you believe her. Her reworking of the great Delta tune "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" with additional lyrics by Pops is as storefront church as it gets. The message tunes, like "Ain't No Better Than You" and "At the End of the Day," are the gritty soul and funk tunes that are desperately needed right now, and the kind of songs that used to come bursting from the AM and FM dials by major and marginal artists alike. A Chicago choir aids Staples and the band on "In Times Like These," written by Tullio and LeRoy Marinell; even R. Kelly couldn't deliver a tune as inspirational as this one. There's nothing overblown about it's all-heavy, heart-lifting soul. The set ends with the first tune the Staples ever sang and recorded, a bare-bones, deep blues rendering of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," with acoustic slide guitars, a bass harmonica, and hand percussion with a Wurlitzer backing Staples' understated yet devastatingly emotional performance. Have a Little Faith is a glorious return for Staples and is capable of inspiring those who are lucky enough to encounter it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551489924
  • Catalog Number: 514899
  • Sales rank: 68,991

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mavis Staples Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
John Martyn Guitar
Jessy Dixon Choir, Chorus
Lew London Slide Guitar
Yvonne Gage Background Vocals
Homesick James Williamson Background Vocals
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Electric Guitar
Tim Austin Drums
Paul Bennett Choir, Chorus
Shawn Christopher Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Will Crosby Guitar
Theresa Davis Choir, Chorus
Paris Delane Choir, Chorus
Josie Falbo Choir, Chorus
Cindy Fee Choir, Chorus
Cherryl Fonfara Choir, Chorus
Lee Fuller Choir, Chorus
Sheila Fuller Choir, Chorus
Richard Gibbs Synthesizer, fender rhodes
John Giblin Bass, Electric Guitar
Steve Grisette Choir, Chorus
Hank (Henry Dog) Guaglianone Drums
Bonnie Herman Choir, Chorus
Sam Hogan Choir, Chorus
Bob Lizik Bass
Arno Lucas Background Vocals
David Onderdonk Acoustic Guitar
David Resnik Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Bill Ruppert Electric Guitar
Johnny Rutledge Choir, Chorus
Ken Saydak Choir, Chorus
Erik Scott Bass
John Scully Synthesizer, Strings
Mark Skyer Electric Guitar
Ira Tucker Background Vocals
Jim Tullio Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Tremolo)
Mark Walker Percussion, Drums
Jim Weider Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Cheryl Wilson Choir Director
Larry Beers Drums
Greg Marsh Percussion
Jeff Morrow Choir Director
John Rice Bouzouki, Dobro, Fiddle, Electric Guitar
Paul Mertens Harmonica, Bass Harmonica
Stevie Robinson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Vicki Hubly Choir, Chorus
Kathy Sparrenberger Choir, Chorus
Judy Story Choir, Chorus
Paul Langford Choir, Chorus
Robert Bruce Landis Choir, Chorus
Maurice Houston Bass, Bass Guitar
Alan Berliant Bass
Jonathan Roberts Choir, Chorus
Kat Parsons Choir, Chorus
William Bright Background Vocals
Foley McCreary Bass
Lyndon Jones Background Vocals
Rob Leonard Background Vocals
Derrick Procell Choir, Chorus
Chris "Hambone" Cameron Hammond Organ, Baritone Saxophone, Choir, Chorus, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Sandra Ausley Choir, Chorus
David Baar Choir, Chorus
Ronnell Brooks Choir, Chorus
Diann Burns Choir, Chorus
Marissa Cameron Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Cameron Choir, Chorus
Jack Chatman Bass
Laura Foreman Choir, Chorus
Kimberly Ann Franklin Choir, Chorus
Carmen Frazier Choir, Chorus
Bartley Fritzsche Choir, Chorus
Brandy Horton Choir, Chorus
Issac Hubbert Choir, Chorus
Olivia Kellman Choir, Chorus
Sean McCurtis Choir, Chorus
Rene Monahan Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Veronique Porter Choir, Chorus
Tatiana Roberts Choir, Chorus
Jarred Rutledge Choir, Chorus
Lisa Rutledge Choir, Chorus
Michael Scott Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Levi Stewart Sr. Choir, Chorus
Sigourney Tanner Choir, Chorus
Byron Willis Choir, Chorus
Taylor Yachtman Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Michael Newman Mastering
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Arranger, Composer
Randy Friel Engineer
John Giblin Engineer
Mavis Staples Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Chris Steinmetz Engineer
Jim Tullio Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Shelly Yakus Mastering
Brenda Burns Composer
Doug McBride Engineer
Dave Hoekstra Liner Notes
Maurice Houston Engineer
Foley McCreary Engineer
Traditional Composer
Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger Engineer
Chris "Hambone" Cameron Engineer, Horn Samples
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Very Good Purchase

    I was very pleased with this purchase. The CD is totally Mavis Staples at her best. The songs are soothing and inspirational especially when riding in your car during heavy traffic. star!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soul Stirring Revival

    I had the opportunity to hear Mavis Staples on satellite recording at Ground Zero Nightclub(Morgan Freeman's Club) in Clarksdale, MS on the show entitled "Divas". The last time I heard from them was at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans, LA. After the Katring Hurricane we needed to hear some soul stirring revival to revive our souls and help us to continue to be strong throughout all our struggles with damages to our homes and jobs and family dislocating. The songs uplifted my spirit to the point where I had to find Have a little faith the CD to purchase. I found it at Barnes and Noble.I was at Ground Zero June 2005.

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