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We'll Never Turn Back

By: Mavis Staples

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Mavis Staples Artist Snapshot:

A lead vocalist in the renowned gospel group, the Staple Singers, from a very young age, Mavis Staples has had a career that has spanned more than five decades. During that time, Staples was also deeply involved in the 1960s civil rights movement, and later worked with R&B/pop icons such as Curtis Mayfield and Prince. Though her solo work is often overlooked, her post-millennial recordings have found her in fine form, particularly 2007's much-lauded WE'LL NEVER TURN BACK.

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1   Down In Mississippi (Cd) Buy Buy
2   Eyes On The Prize (Cd) Buy Buy
3   We Shall Not Be Moved (Cd) Buy Buy
4   In The Mississippi River (Cd) Buy Buy
5   On My Way (Cd) Buy Buy
6   This Little Light (Cd) Buy Buy
7   99 and 1/2 (Cd) Buy Buy
8   My Own Eyes (Cd) Buy Buy
9   Turn Me Around (Cd) Buy Buy
10   We'll Never Turn Back (Cd) Buy Buy
11   I'll Be Rested (Cd) Buy Buy
12   Jesus Is On The Main Line (Cd) Buy Buy

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4 out of 5 stars ****, February 11, 2008
By Lindsey
Well Never Turn Back is comprised of beautfully, haunting melodics and at times uneasing riffs that seem to always catch your attention.

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Album Description

From the liner notes, by John Lewis:

When I listen to this music, it takes me back. It takes me back to the red clay hills of Georgia, to the Black Belt of Alabama, and the Delta of Mississippi. It takes me back to the moans and groans and pains of an oppressed people yearning for freedom. It takes me back to the time when hundreds and thousands of us decided we were "sick and tired of being sick and tired," as Fannie Lou Hamer said. It takes me back to the days when ordinary people inspired by a dream decided to quench our hunger and thirst for justice in the fountains of mercy and love.

Back then, some people thought legalized segregation in America would never come to an end. But those of us in the Civil Rights Movement were inspired by a higher calling. And even if it cost us our very lives, "we weren''t gone to let nobody turn us `round". We believed that the action of peace, the way of non-violence, and the power of love could overcome our oppression and remind our oppressors of their own humanity. Through the power of this faith our nation witnessed a non-violent revolution of values, a revolution of ideas that changed America forever.

The music you are listening to right now was the soul of that revolution. It was this music that gave us hope when it seemed like all hope was gone. It was the heartbeat of this music and its steady, reassuring message that bound us together as one solid force. So when we were beaten, arrested and jailed; when we stood together on picket lines or marched through the streets of the Deep South; when we faced the guns drawn, the billy clubs and the bullwhips raised; when we were teargassed, trampled by horses, or scattered by fire hoses, it was these songs that lifted us and pushed us to a higher place.

It is my hope that when you hear Mavis Staples, when you hear the Freedom Singers, and the other artists on this CD, that you too will be inspired. I hope this music will help you find the courage to stand up, speak up, and speak out and answer the call of your own conscience. It is my hope that this music will help you see what ordinary people with extraordinary vision can do when they decide they will never turn back.

Rep. John Lewis

Product Notes

As musical activists in the 1960s civil rights movement, the Staple Singers were powerful voices for equality and change. And more than 40 years after Pops''s daughter Mavis spent a night in a West Memphis, Arkansas, jail at the behest of a racist cop, she still remembers the terror of the experience, as well as the counsel of Dr. Martin Luther King. That episode is at the centerpiece of "My Own Eyes," one of the most moving offerings on this collection of songs of racial struggle in the ''50s and ''60s, produced by guitarist Ry Cooder and featuring backing from the original Freedom Singers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Throughout, the album proves both emotionally chilling and spiritually uplifting. On J.B. Lenoir''s "Down in Mississippi" and Marshall Jones''s "In the Mississippi River," for example, Cooder makes fine use of pounding percussion and snaky electric guitar to capture the danger and fear inherent in the Deep South at the time, while the title song and "Jesus Is on the Main Line" draw on gospel and the traditional framework of church hymns to promise positive solutions. Staples, who adlibs on several cuts, connecting the injustice of yesterday to the continuing marginalization of blacks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, remains a remarkable performer, employing a throaty sensuality that rises from a deep well of tremulous emotion. If her album is musically uneven at times, her artistry and strength continue to shine as undimmed beacons. --Alanna Nash

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