Souls' Chapel

Souls' Chapel

by Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
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Souls' Chapel

Inspired by the spirit, sound, and style of the great Staple Singers, hillbilly rocker Marty Stuart takes the listener on a moving journey through dark valleys and to the top of the mountain on Soul's Chapel. Musically, the album is propelled by slinky juke-joint rhythms, insinuating shuffles, and soaring Delta gospel soul. The songs are a scintillating mix of originals and covers from the likes of gospel giant Alfred Brumley and Memphis soul masters Steve Cropper, William Bell, and, of course, "Pops" Staples. Stuart underscores the haunting mood of "Somebody Saved Me" with resonant, layered harmonies and minimalist guitar punctuations (on Pops's own guitar, no less) and demonstrates his band's versatility (or superlativity) with a sinewy version of "Move Along Train" (from the Staples' indispensable Freedom Highway), layering his ominously twanging guitar over a grinding rhythm section and some soul-shaking vocal interplay between Superlatives Harry Stinson and Brian Glenn; this sets up a star turn for guest Mavis Staples, who might be the voice of God, given the authority in her gutty, sensuous singing on this track. Whether it's the sturm-und-twang of the Stuart-penned call-and-response house wrecker "It's Time to Go Home," the tightly harmonized, soulful blend of voices on the solemn, vintage testimonial "The Unseen Hand," or the bluesy, small-combo stylings (and Stinson's pleading vocal) guiding "There's a Rainbow (At the End of Every Storm)," Soul's Chapel touches all the gospel bases on its way home -- in the sky, Lord, in the sky.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2005
Label: Universal South
UPC: 0602498806821
catalogNumber: 000438902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives   Primary Artist
Marty Stuart   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Barry Beckett   Hammond Organ
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Paul Griffith   Drums
Tony Harrell   Hammond Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Harry Stinson   Drums,Vocals
Kenny Vaughan   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Brian Glenn   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Marty Stuart   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Steve Cropper   Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Composer
Jerry Sullivan   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Susan Levy   Art Direction
Harry Stinson   Composer
Kenny Vaughan   Composer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Beth Middleworth   Art Direction
Karen Cronin   Art Direction
Matt Spicher   Engineer
Colbert Croft   Composer
Joyce Croft   Composer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Marc Dottore   Management

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Souls' Chapel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Panhead60 More than 1 year ago
Inspirational music with southern grace and outstanding music. I becam a Marty Stuart fan watching his RFD TV show so I bought several of his CDs. If you are looking for unique and classic gospel look no further.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being lucky enough to hear Marty sing a couple of these songs live........I had to have this. When he opened his set with "Somebody Saved Me", it was mesmerizing. We knew we were hearing something extraordinary. The CD does not disappoint. WOW
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a new side of Marty and displays the essence of his spiritual and musical integrity. The harmony is flawless. The instrumentation and arrangemint set a high standard for all that come after. Congratulations, Marty!