Time to give thanks to The Staple Singers whose first comprehensive boxed set, 'Faith & Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976' (Stax/Concord), contains 80 songs on four CDs and one extremely rare 7" vinyl single: "Faith and Grace" b/w "These Are They." It marks the first time this single has ever been released in any format since they originally had 500 pressed and sold them as a 78 r.p.m. at gigs.
Indeed, the Staples are (at the risk of sounding redundant) a staple of Americana music. Their distinct history is perhaps the American dream, captured in Greg Kot's latest I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway. Longtime pop music critic for the Chicago Tribune, Kot finally gives us a unique insight into both the family and the music.