Candi Staton at Warner
Brothers – stepping out here on two classics for the label! First up is Candi –one of the best Candi Staton albums from the 70s – recorded for Warner
Brothers, but with strong southern production by Rick Hall and the Fame Studios team. The group includes classic Muscle Shoals players like Spooner Oldham, Roger Hawkins, and Jimmy Johnson – and although the record's a bit slicker than earlier efforts, it's still got a much more honest soul sound than some of Candi's other 70s recordings. Lots of good songwriting, too – and titles include "Here I Am Again", "Clean Up America", "A Little Taste Of Love", "As Long As He Takes Care Of Home", "Six Nights & A Day", and "Can't Stop Being Your Fool". Young Hearts Run Free is the album that really put Candi Staton on the map – and for good reason, too! After first breaking into the soul business as a mellow southern-styled singer cut by Rick Hall in the classic Fame mode of Muscle Shoals, Candi made a wise move to the Hotlanta sound and hooked up with producer Dave Crawford for this runaway hit album from the mid 70s! The title cut – "Young Hearts Run Free" – mixes the best elements of Candi's southern roots with a strident smooth groove that worked as well on the dancefloor as it did on the radio. Along with that cut, though, the album's got a great overall sound – kind of a mix of southern and modern soul styles, with a sophisticated approach that worked well for Candi. Other cuts include "I Know", "Run To Me", "Destiny", and "What a Feeling". Also with a nice cover of Al Green's "Living For You". CD features bonus tracks "As Long As He Takes Care Of Home (without rap)", "Young Hearts Run Free (single edit)", "Run To Me (ext version)", "Young Hearts Run Free (12" ext M&M mix 86)", and "Yougn Hearts Run Free (inst M&M mix 86)".