The Staple Swingers

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The Staple Swingers
Studio album by The Staple Singers
Released 1971
Recorded 1970-1971 at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Genre Soul
Length 45:06
Label Stax Records
Producer Al Bell
The Staple Singers chronology
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The Staple Swingers is a 1971 soul album by The Staple Singers.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

This would be The Staple Singers first album to be produced by Al Bell and recorded in Muscle Shoals. Other changes saw brother Pervis Staples be replaced by sister Yvonne Staples prior to the recording of this album. Released in 1971, this album would chart at. number nine on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Is a Perfect World"   Bettye Crutcher, Mack Rice, Tommy Tate 4:20
2. "What's Your Thing"   Mack Rice 4:21
3. "You've Got to Earn It"   Smokey Robinson, Cornelius Grant 3:28
4. "You're Gonna Make Me Cry"   D. Malone 5:04
5. "Little Boy"   Carson Whitsett 3:25
6. "How Do You Move a Mountain"   Myrna March, Adam Levy 2:34
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Almost"   Harold Thomas, Leroy Mason 4:16
8. "I'm a Lover"   James Mabone, Charles Bevel 3:43
9. "Love Is Plentiful"   Bettye Crutcher, Bobby Manuel 2:30
10. "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)"   Jeff Barry, Bobby Bloom 2:58
11. "I Like the Things About You"   Martha Stubb, Roebuck "Pops" Staples 3:21
12. "Give a Hand, Take a Hand"   Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb 3:55



Chart (1971) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 117
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 9


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1970 "Love Is Plentiful" - 31
1971 "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)" 27 6
"You've Got to Earn It" 97 11

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bowman, Rob. The Staple Singers: The Staple Swingers > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 07 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Staple Swingers > 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.