The Staple Singers, Turning Point (1984)
I love checking out the “out of place” albums by a heritage act – sixties and seventies groups that ‘failed’ in the 1980s…that sort of thing. The Staple Singers were making gospel gems and spirituals through the late 1950s and early 1960s and then political funk and soul in the late 1960s and early 1970s and then in the 1980s they released this. Which is no real failure at all but it’s something of a pivot. A disco-tinged soul-pop record that feels like it makes more sense now than it might have at the time. And is a hit in my mind for their cover of Talking Heads’ Slippery People. That’s the reason I wanted this anyway. That and the fact that a mate was selling it fairly cheap. It’s a pretty solid album too all up.
Sample Track: This Is Our Night
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