The Staple Singers: Cleotha Staples, Yvonne Staples, Mavis Staples, Roebuck "Pops" Staples (vocals); Pervis Staples.
Personnel: Pervis Staples (vocals); Jimmy Johnson , Eddie Hinton, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Steve Cropper (guitar); Clayton Ivey (organ); Marvell Thomas, Barry Beckett (keyboards); Al Jackson, Jr. , Roger Hawkins (drums).
Additional personnel: Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass guitar); Eddie Hinton, Marvell Thomas, Steve Cropper.
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Recording information: Ardent Recording Studios, Memphis, TN (09/1968-04/1973); Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (09/1968-04/1973); Pampa Recording Studios, Warren, MI (09/1968-04/1973); Satellite Recording Co., Memphis, TN (09/1968-04/1973); Stax Studios, Memphis, TN (09/1968-04/1973).
Arrangers: Al Bell; Steve Cropper.
The Staple Singers' trio of major chart successes, the inspirational "I'll Take You There," "Respect Yourself," and "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)," are only the tip of the iceberg of this collection, which also includes the gospel group's version of the Band's "The Weight" and Sly Stone's "Everyday People." Reflecting the major business changes in the late 1960s at Stax Records, the family recorded at Muscle Shoals in Alabama, and the freshness of the backing musicians' approach to their material is reflected in the supple reggae tinge to many of the rhythm tracks.