His Hands

His Hands

by Candi Staton
     
 

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The successful self-titled reissue of Fame-era material released in early 2004 allowed Candi Staton to make this, her first secular album in several years. Where 1999's Outside In was a way to take advantage of her unplanned return to the clubs -- a couple singles released during the '90s used a vocal she recorded for a documentary about a man's struggle with…  See more details below

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The successful self-titled reissue of Fame-era material released in early 2004 allowed Candi Staton to make this, her first secular album in several years. Where 1999's Outside In was a way to take advantage of her unplanned return to the clubs -- a couple singles released during the '90s used a vocal she recorded for a documentary about a man's struggle with life-threatening obesity -- His Hands is 100 percent Southern soul. Staton involves several family members and longtime associates, including son Marcus Williams (a seasoned drummer who has played with her for years), daughter Cassandra Hightower, sister Maggie Staton Peebles, and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section organist Barry Beckett. It might be surprising to see that Lambchop's Mark Nevers produced the session, and that Lambchop ally Lloyd Barry arranged the horns, but both men have done extensive work with Staton's peers in the gospel world. Though seven of the 11 songs are provided by others (Merle Haggard, Red Simpson, Bert Berns, Will Oldham), Staton uses almost all of the album to work through the pain caused by her brutal past relationships, some of which came and went as she was churning out gospel material. Something like this has evidently been a long time coming. Going by her performances, she's possibly more familiar with the emotions running through the likes of "When Hearts Grow Cold" and "You Never Really Wanted Me" than the songwriters, and her voice remains a rich and powerful instrument -- it's amazing how little her voice has changed through nearly four decades. Even when the arrangements come too close to resembling slight facsimiles of classic Southern soul (which isn't too frequently), Staton's heartache is enough to cut through your soul. This is a very good album, and knowing that Staton seems to have cleared a glorious path through her dependencies and abusive relationships makes it all the more sweet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
Label:
Honest Jon's
UPC:
0805520212809
catalogNumber:
23

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Candi Staton   Primary Artist
Maggie Staton Peebles   Background Vocals
Barry Beckett   Hammond Organ
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Barry Green   Horn
Marcus Williams   Drums
Willis   Electric Guitar
Vinnie Ciesielski   Horn
Tony Crow   Piano,Keyboards
Pete Finney   Steel Guitar
Andrew Bird   Strings
Paul Burch   Vibes
Roy Agee   Horn
Darryn Ray   Background Vocals
Ensemble of Cassandra Hightower   Background Vocals
Jimmy Bowland   Horn
Carey Kotsionis   Background Vocals
William Tyler   Acoustic Guitar
G Daddy   Acoustic Guitar
Cassandra Hightower   Background Vocals
Maggie Staton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Candi Staton   Liner Notes
Tommy Tate   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements
Mark Nevers   Producer
Bert Russell   Composer
Will Oldham   Composer
Bill Owens   Composer
Mark Ainley   Executive Producer

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