Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

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Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
Studio album by The Staple Singers
Released 1972
Recorded 1971-1972 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Genre Soul
Length 41:22
Label Stax Records
Producer Al Bell
The Staple Singers chronology
The Staple Swingers
Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
Be What You Are

Be Altitude: Respect Yourself is a 1972 soul album by The Staple Singers.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B- [2]

It includes the hit songs "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself". The musicians are the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns, augmented by overdubbed guitar, Moog synthesizer, Mellotron and harmonica by Terry Manning.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Time
1 "This World" Gary William Friedman, Herb Shapiro 3:36
2 "Respect Yourself" Luther Ingram, Mack Rice 4:54
3 "Name the Missing Word" Homer Banks, Bettye Crutcher, Raymond Jackson 4:00
4 "I'll Take You There" Alvertis Isbell 4:43
5 "This Old Town (People in This Town)" Don Covay, Wilson Pickett, Stevenson 4:39
6 "We the People" Booker T. Jones, A. Smith 3:50
7 "Are You Sure" Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson 4:27
8 "Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ the Superstar)?" Staple 4:10
9 "I'm Just Another Soldier" Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson 3:50
10 "Who" John Barry, Bobby Bloom 3:13



Chart (1972) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 19
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 3


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1971 "Respect Yourself" 12 2
1972 "I'll Take You There" 1 1
"This World" 38 6

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bowman, Rob. The Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect Yourself > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 07 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Be Altitude: Respect Yourself > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b "The Staple Singers US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  4. ^ "The Staple Singers US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-10-07.