Candi Staton – 1972 – Candi Staton

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As a soul legend, Candi Staton hardly needs an introduction by me. However I am heartened by the fact that her elusive FAME recordings are now so freely available and her earthy Southern roots have finally become recognised as essential part of her career. If you are not familiar with the more dynamic side of Candi Staton, grab a sturdy chair and give this, her third and final FAME recording, a listen. And grab her debut right here in the FMS back catalogue. Prepare to have your soul devastated.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original FAME LP (supplied by Raphy) including covers.

Tracks
A1 Do It In The Name Of Love 3:00
A2 Darling You’re All That I Need 3:23
A3 Blackmail 2:58
A4 In The Ghetto 2:52
A5 Wanted : Lover 2:43
B1 The Best Thing You Ever Had 2:25
B2 Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me 3:00
B3 I’ll Drop Everything And Come Running 2:48
B4 You Don’t Love Me No More 2:24
B5 The Thanks For Loving You 2:49

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Review by Trakbuv

Canzetta Staton’sroots seed from the fertile farmland of Hanceville, Alabama circa 1943 where her extraordinary vocals were recognised as early as five years old in the church choir, later hooking up with her older sister, Maggie as part of the Four Golden Echoes. Due to her alcoholic gambling father, her mother decided to take control and move herself and 5 children to Cleveland, where her sixth child, and oldest son was already living. Candi and her sister continued to astound local church goers and were asked by a prestigious churchwoman, Bishop Jewel, to be part of a trio. As the Jewel Gospel Trio, Candi, Maggie and Naomi Harrison toured as far away as The Philippines and recorded several singles for Nashboro Records between ‘55 and ‘58. These included the righteous testifying of ‘Jesus is listening’, ‘Too late’ (with Candi belting out the lead on both) and the terrific, cutesy ‘Many angels in the band’. At seventeen, she left the band under a cloud of being taken advantage of to pursue marriage to Lou Rawls (then with the Pilgrim Travellers) that never materialised.

Later, she fell pregnant to a local minister in Alabama whereupon marriage was obligatory. However, his jealousy meant that her career in music and the road was on hold as she settled down to motherhood for the next seven years with four children and, by all accounts, an abusive relationship. She did a couple of recordings during this period, one on Minaret (a duet with Billy Walker) and another on Unity entitled ‘Now you’ve got the upper hand’, a strangely subdued Candi on a Motownesque number. In 1968, her brother dared her to accompany him to an amateur contest in Birmingham, at the 27-28 Club, where she was prompted to take the stage. She did a rendition of Aretha’s ‘Do Right Woman’ that opened the door to a regular spot every week. One night, Clarence Carter strolled in the joint and knew a good thing when he heard it. Initially she turned down his offer of touring with his band due to domestic commitments. Soon thereafter, her husband became violent over a fictitious affair she was having, and enough was enough.

The opportunity to join Clarence proved to be a major turning point. Not only did they marry, but he provided the contact to introduce her to Rick Hall in Muscle Shoals, the then blossoming home for Southern Soul. His label FAME Records had had some critical and commercial success, and as a recording studio, the Muscle Shoals Sound housed some of the best songwriters and musicians around. And Rick’s reaction to first hearing Candi soar ? “It was a blues voice, a gospel voice, and a pop voice. I just rushed her in the studio. Real quick”. They cut four sides that same night and the fruits of those recordings can be heard on her debut LP ‘I’m Just a Prisoner’. Her debut single, ‘I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart’ made #9 R&B and Top 50 Pop – the first of 12 consecutive hits for the label, 16 in total !! Her first two albums were distributed by Capitol Records (her second being ‘Stand By Your Man’), but for the third eponymous LP, they switched to United Artists.

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It was pretty much business as usual – why spoil a winning formula. But I think there is a sophistication here that replaces some of the more raw elements of the first two sets. More importantly, vocally she is still on top form – with those notorious breaking vocals that Rick Hall forced out of Candi by making her sing over and over to accentuate the rasp – that’s tortured soul for ya !! We sound off with the utterly scrumptious “Do it in the name of love”, an enthralling, sexy Candi pleading ‘Don’t you know we go together’ before getting down for the chorus. She reminds me a lot of Mavis Staples on this – and that’s meant as a compliment. Fantastic.  The beautifully arranged “Darling you’re all that I need” is another beauty, an urgent ballad with some tender vocal support.“Blackmail” ups the tempo with a well-constructed tuneful number, before the caressing sound of a lonely harmonica unveils “In the ghetto”. An inspired choice to follow up the earlier success of ‘Stand by your man’ and FAME’s strong links with Country Music. I’ve always liked the original version, but this takes it home where it belongs. Absolutely astounding, and no wonder Elvis sent her a letter expressing his love of her update.

“Best thing you ever had” gets down and brassy and the perfect meat for Candi to chew up in style. The more restrained and melodic “Lovin’ you lovin’ me” has Candi caressing the hairs on the back of my neck – I must say I have a soft spot for when she sings in her more natural tones. “I’ll drop everything” is a nod to the Staples ‘Come go with me’ and that ain’t a bad thing. My favourite comes up next, with that Tower Of Power horns-like intro grabbing my lungs on their first flare. “You don’t love me no more” feels like real tears being shed with real memories glistening in their fragile rolling structure. If anyone asks you what soul music means, just play them this and watch their breathing stop dead. We round off in fine fettle with the raspy, rhetorical “Is this the thanks I get” with excellent use of steel guitar.

This is probably my favourite of her FAME recordings, but they are all exceptional visions of trapping heartache, betrayal, love and bitterness down a studio microphone, with Candi easily rivalling all the soul greats. Believe the hype !!

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Check out her debut FAME LP here in our back pages.

Great biography available here and a nice interview here.

You should buy a fantastic CD compilation here,  with 26 songs that bring together her long unavailable and legendary Muscle Shoals sides recorded for Fame Records.

Candi had a new cd release in 2009. Listen up her amazing performance on “You don’t love me no more” .

“Without disrespecting ‘The Mighty Three’ from Philadelphia Records – whose emblem was three elephants if I recall correctly – this is a post by Nikos, Raphy and Trakbuv . PS. First 10 people to recall the names of the original Mighty Three win a trip to Soul Heaven.  Next shuttle leaving 2064.”

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47 Comments
  • Grumpy
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    Candi Staton, great then, even greater now.
    You did it again Nikos, thanks.

  • Bloth
    Posted at 18:43h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you!

  • soifran
    Posted at 20:00h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    oooooh yeah !

    sooooooooo sweet to my ears, feeling like doin’ the soul train.

    thanx a lot nikos !

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 20:34h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    the weekend comes for Candy and me!!! I´ve only got this Record on a cassette!!! Thanks Nikos for one of my all time favourites.
    Do you ever thought about kicking all these gems online as a lossless libary? As you know 90% of your shares are not only out of print, they will never been released in the future!!! Thanx for all your work – fantastic!!!

  • nick name
    Posted at 21:15h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    The CD you mentioned is great. Gonna here this one. Keep up

  • Josh
    Posted at 23:17h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I also want to say thanks for uploading to zshare for us non-rapidshare members. Now I don’t have to wait 6 hours for a download! Props!

  • rich
    Posted at 23:51h, 26 February 2010 Reply

    great post review and cover my the mighty three thank yous

  • tswift
    Posted at 00:27h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    Never heard of these earlier candi recordings…….thanks mighty three

  • justme
    Posted at 02:27h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks! I have 2 copies of this and neither is very good. This sounds great!

  • Eugene
    Posted at 02:29h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    Do I thank the Holy Trinity, the triumvirate, even the troika or the threesome….I don’t know.All I can do is say thanks for this great post to the “daddies” of soul on the blogosphere.
    I’m going to enjoy this one.
    Respect & Regards,

    Eugene

  • nikos
    Posted at 02:32h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    It sounds great cause Raphy is a sound magician. We should thank him once again for this one and for his generous contribution to FMS. Keep’em coming brother.

  • Who's Bad?
    Posted at 02:35h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    Wonderful! I’ve been a Candi Staton fan since his earliest records and this recording brings back so many memories. Amazing work guys.

  • hooch
    Posted at 02:47h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks guys, never heard this before. so looking forward to it a lot!

  • Igor
    Posted at 15:39h, 27 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you very much,Nikos!

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 01:00h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    More of the usual top quality stuff – you did it again Nikos! Thanks so much for keeping this marvelous music alive! And “Trak the Wordsmith” for another superb writeup.
    Outstanding work guys.

  • Andre B
    Posted at 01:04h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    many thanks guys. never heard this record from candi before.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 05:38h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    Top Notch Stuff!! Thanks Nikos and Raphy!!!

  • jean paris
    Posted at 06:46h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    OMG….a pure gem…nikos..raphy and last but not least trackbuv…a huge thanks for the lp…so beautiful jean paris

  • jos
    Posted at 11:36h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:22h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    Classic!!

  • Benjamin
    Posted at 16:38h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    Very powerful.. what a voice and soul.

  • leeroybadboy
    Posted at 21:18h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    Just gave it a listen. Well worth it. *****

    James Brown – Hotpants

  • Lemmy
    Posted at 22:20h, 28 February 2010 Reply

    Great voice, great album! “You don’t love me no more” is my favorite too.

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 04:45h, 01 March 2010 Reply

    THANKS !!!

  • billymac
    Posted at 09:02h, 01 March 2010 Reply

    Hi Nikos, I believe the Might Three were Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. I have sad news about them. Philadelphia International Records Building last week and they lost all their memorabilia.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 09:13h, 01 March 2010 Reply

    Billymac – go to the top of the class. Tragic news about the PIR Building. But at least their legacy is well and truly assured in the annals of time. Oh, for a Mighty Three to appear in today’s music market.

  • mavrtje
    Posted at 01:16h, 02 March 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this GREAT voice!!!

  • kritikul
    Posted at 05:32h, 02 March 2010 Reply

    What soul! I wish music would sound this raw and pure today. Great choice.

  • Jean Marie
    Posted at 11:47h, 02 March 2010 Reply

    Superb voice thanks from France.

  • Steve
    Posted at 13:53h, 02 March 2010 Reply

    Dope album. Thank you.

  • brianbrora
    Posted at 22:05h, 02 March 2010 Reply

    Great Post, Many thanks.

  • Antonis
    Posted at 12:45h, 03 March 2010 Reply

    Soulful and powerful voice. thanks for sharing.

  • Krisch
    Posted at 18:18h, 03 March 2010 Reply

    Thanks!

  • Bobby
    Posted at 22:52h, 04 March 2010 Reply

    Loved “I’m Just a Prisoner” – I’m sure this one is beautiful, too. So many thanks!

  • Eliah
    Posted at 12:05h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    Both albums are incredible! Thanks for sharing.

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 13:25h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    utter class! thank you.

  • Derek
    Posted at 11:25h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    Your blog is fantastic!It’s a real mine of gold…Thank you for your generosity!merci de tout coeur…

  • laurent
    Posted at 19:08h, 19 March 2010 Reply

    Wonderful voice, catchy rhythms and hooks, makes me feel very good.. added to my list of classic albums I now can’t live without anymore. I’d be even more happy to own one of the original records. Fantastic tunes you just can’t get enough of. Listening trough the album notice a very distinctive approach to the variety of love aspects. A must have. Support the artist.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:04h, 25 March 2010 Reply

    What a great album! Not very familiar with Candi’s work to be honest but will have to get a hold of that CD after this.
    Many thanks.

  • Aris
    Posted at 22:56h, 29 March 2010 Reply

    A must have. Thank you Raphy for a great quality rip, Trakbuv for the excellent write up and finally Nikos for running such an amazing blog. Congratulations.

  • Chris (Divided Souls Ent)
    Posted at 07:22h, 02 April 2010 Reply

    Thanks again for this one. I am not hip at all to this. This site is fantastic and fan friendly! LOL Thanks again and GOD BLESS

  • Gary
    Posted at 01:13h, 10 April 2010 Reply

    Thanks a lot. Keep it up.

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 13:40h, 11 May 2010 Reply

    love ‘blackmail’. so she’s gonna cut off her hands for cheating on her man? does the punishment fit the crime? but you might ask, what was she doing in the back of the car with the bloke in the first place? he only gave her a lift home… classic soul.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 03:16h, 15 June 2010 Reply

    playin a bit of catch up, just from the youtube track I can tell that I’ll love her. thanks!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:03h, 18 January 2011 Reply

    her voice is just amazing!! thanks

  • asher dust
    Posted at 22:45h, 08 August 2011 Reply

    Thank you..

    Great Album

    Very Good Blog

    #StayBless

  • Themroc
    Posted at 13:35h, 23 July 2013 Reply

    Great quality rip of a record in mint condition, but I have to say that the turntable seems to be set too fast and the pitch really too high. Can someone check on that? Because otherwise as I said it is a impeccable recording, really a pity.

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