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the staple singers freedome highwayFor an atheist, I can sure get spirited away by gospel music and Freedom Highway is a solid example of some of the best. Actually a compilation of the original 1965 in-church release and subsequent added material, the album is best (in my opinion) when it's slow and almost mournful. Move Along Train, What You Gonna Do? and The Lord's Prayer are among my favorites.

The Staple Singers is a family affair grounded in traditional Gospel who gained popularity with their hit “I'll Take You There“. You might also recognize “Pops” Staples for his glorious role as a voodoo doctor in True Stories. The band, continuing a connection with Byrne, even covers one of my personal favorite Talking Heads songs, Slippery People on their album Turning Point.

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Posted on May 18, 2009