Staple Singers’ ‘Come Go With Me’ Box Set For Deluxe CD Edition

The anthology came out in vinyl and digital formats in February and was widely praised.

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A deluxe CD edition of the Staple Singers’ acclaimed Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection box set will be released by Craft Recordings on November 13. The anthology came out in vinyl and digital formats in February and was widely praised for its wide-ranging celebration of one of the most seminal acts in gospel and soul history.

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The set presents all of the group’s studio albums Stax, originally released between 1968 and 1974. Contained among that treasure trove of recordings are the family outfit’s best-loved songs, which became and remain landmarks of ther time. They include “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself,” “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me),” “Heavy Makes You Happy” and “Be What You Are.”

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Each album in the set has been remastered from the original analog masters by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl. The seventh disc offers a selection of rarities, non-album singles and live recordings made at the storied 1972 Wattstax festival.

Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection is housed in a slipcase that also includes a booklet with archival photos and liner notes. These are by American music specialist and curator Levon Williams (formerly of the Stax Museum and the National Museum of African American Music) and folklorist, ethnomusicologist and writer Dr. Langston Wilkins.

“A milestone of American musical history”

When the box set was issued on vinyl and digitally, it prompted high praise from such magazines as Uncut, Mojo and Paste. The latter wrote: “This marvelous run of records sounds brand new in these new all-analog pressings, with the earthy tang of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Bar-Kays horn section ripping out of the speakers with hip-shaking fervor…this is a milestone of American musical history, treated with the appropriate levels of respect and reverence.”

All six of the Staple Singers’ albums with Stax were also made available in hi-res 24-bit/192 kHz and 24-bit/96 kHz formats for the first time.

Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection is released as a deluxe CD set on November 13. Pre-order it here.

The full Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection tracklist is:

Soul Folk in Action
1. We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Together
2. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
3. Top of the Mountain
4. Slow Train
5. The Weight
6. Long Walk to D.C.
7. Got to Be Some Changes Made
8. The Ghetto
9. People, My People
10. I See It
11. This Year

We’ll Get Over
1. We’ll Get Over
2. Give a Damn
3. Everyday People
4. The End of Our Road
5. Tend to Your Own Business
6. Solon Bushi (Japanese Folk Song)
7. The Challenge
8. God Bless the Children
9. Games People Play
10. A Wednesday in Your Garden
11. The Gardener
12. When Will We Be Paid

The Staple Swingers
1. This Is a Perfect World
2. What’s Your Thing
3. You’ve Got to Earn It
4. You’re Gonna Make Me Cry
5. Little Boy
6. How Do You Move a Mountain
7. Almost
8. I’m a Lover
9. Love Is Plentiful
10. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)
11. I Like the Things About You
12. Give a Hand – Take a Hand

Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
1. This World
2. Respect Yourself
3. Name the Missing Word
4. I’ll Take You There
5. This Old Town (People in This Town)
6. We the People
7. Are You Sure
8. Who Do You Think You Are? (Jesus Christ the Super Star)
9. I’m Just Another Soldier
10. Who

Be What You Are
1. Be What You Are
2. If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)
3. Medley: Love Comes in All Colors / Tellin’ Lies
4. Touch a Hand, Make a Friend
5. Drown Yourself
6. I Ain’t Raisin’ No Sand
7. Grandma’s Hands
8. Bridges Instead of Walls
9. I’m on Your Side
10. That’s What Friends Are For
11. Heaven

City in the Sky
1. Back Road Into Town
2. City in the Sky
3. Washington We’re Watching You
4. Something Ain’t Right
5. Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday
6. My Main Man
7. There Is a God
8. Blood Pressure
9. If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another
10. Who Made the Man
11. Getting Too Big for Your Britches

Bonus Disc: Singles, Live & More
1. Stay With Us
2. Brand New Day (Theme from The Landlord)
3. Walking in Water Over Your Head
4. Oh La De Da
5. I Got to Be Myself
6. Trippin’ on Your Love
7. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom) (Live at Wattstax)
8. Are You Sure (Live at Wattstax)
9. I Like the Things About You (Live at Wattstax)
10. Respect Yourself (Live at Wattstax)
11. I’ll Take You There (Live at Wattstax)

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