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Be What You Are

LP (Item 23801) Stax, 1973 — Condition: Very Good+

Warmly grooving 70s soul from The Staple Singers – recorded in a fuller Memphis mode that's miles from their gospel roots, but still plenty darn nice! The style here is very much in keeping with the hit Staples mode of the time – righteous, full, but still nice and earthy at the bottom – a beautiful blending of the group's one male and three female vocals – served up with some slight electric touches in the rhythms. Tracks are tight and catchy, but never poppy – and titles include "If You're Ready", an obvious follow up to "I'll Take You There" – plus "Tellin Lies", "Love Comes In All Colors", "Drown Yourself", "I Ain't Raisin No Sand", and a nice version of "Grandma's Hands".  © 1996-2021, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Cover has a cut corner.)

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

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