Monday, August 11, 2008

Soul Fixin'

Mavis Staples LiveA great live album is able to capture the spirit and soul of the performer and audience. A live album is a communion between the performer and audience. Aretha held her audience in the palm of her hands at the Fillmore West and the music of Curtis Mayfield came to life at The Bitter End In New York City. Soul shouter Mavis Staples unearthed the pain, joy, hope, and sorrow of the Civil Rights Movement at The Hideout in Chicago this past June. Most of the songs from the session were taken from her critically acclaimed album We'll Never Turn Back, an ode to the Civil Rights Movement. Staples, along with a three-piece band and a trio of background singers, opened with "For What It's Worth" and went through a bundle of songs akin to the turbulent Civil Rights Movement including "Eyes On The Prize," "Wade In The Water," "This Little Light of Mine," "Why Am I Treated So Bad?," "We Shall Not Be Moved" --to name a few. Mavis Staples Live: Hope At The Hideout, is set for release November 4th.