Respect Yourself" is the name of a classic soul song by American R&B/gospel group The Staple Singers. Released in late 1971 from their album Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, the song became a crossover hit. The Staple Singers' version peaked at on KHJ, on the Hot 100, on the Hot Soul Singles chart and is one of the group's most recognizable hits
Be Altitude: Respect Yourself. Be Altitude: Respect Yourself is a 1972 soul album by The Staple Singers. It includes the hit songs "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself". Al Bell – Arranger, Producer. Terry Manning – Engineer. Jerry Masters – Engineer. Ralph Rhodes – Engineer.
Rise above your everyday tribulations. Let yourself fly. Its name echoed the Beatitudes, Jesus’ eight blessings during the Sermon On The Mount, according to the Gospel Of Matthew. But so you get the message that they want you to soar, the sleeve to Be Altitude: Respect Yourself found The Staple Singers smiling while posing in a jet engine. People, get ready, there’s a plane a coming; you don’t need no boarding pass, you just play the record.
Tracklist: 1. This World, 2. Respect Yourself, 3. Name The Missing Word, 4. I’ll Take You There, 5. This Old Town (People In This Town), 6. We The People, 7. Are You Sure, 8. Who Do You Think You Are? (Jesus Christ The Super Star), 9. I’m Just Another Soldier, 10. Wh. 3. Name The Missing Word. 4. I’ll Take You There.
This is the album on which The Staple Singers’ consolidated their gentle folk-gospel into something altogether funkier, and delivered with enough wit and variation to make people stand up and take notice. Until then, the family quartet of Pops Staples and his kids enjoyed a reputation as an acoustic gospel group, who took their subtle harmonising into the 1960s folk scene. Be Altitude jumps straight into solid syncopated southern funk with The World, then eases into what became the group’s theme song, Respect Yourself. It’s an almost five-minute version and, pushed on by the music behind her, Mavis works herself up into a foot-stomping testifyin’ frenzy that manages supremely angry and monumentally uplifting at the same time.
Be Altitude: Respect Your. has been added to your Cart. An excellent balance of gospel and soul the essence of the Staple Singers 1972's Be Altitude: Respect Yourself contains three Top 10 hits; Respect Yourself, I'll Take You There, and This World. The first two were also Pop Top 20 hits, with I'll Take You There going all the way to number one. Newly reissued, Be Altitude now contains two previously unreleased tracks! Go Unlimited.
This album is what probably the Staple Singers’ spring board to becoming more of a house hold name. The creative juices from the production, writers, musicians, songs and the Staple Singers’ vocal delivery must have been created by some kind of divine intervention! If you’re a big fan of the 70’s Staple Singers, this is definitely the album to start your collection.
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Written-By – William Friedman*, Herb Schapiro
Written-By – Luther Ingram, Mack Rice*
|A3||Name The Missing Word
Written-By – Bettye Crutcher, Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson
|A4||I'll Take You There
Written-By – Alvertis Isbell
|A5||This Old Town (People In This Town)
Written-By – Don Covay, William R. Stevenson*, Wilson Pickett
|B1||We The People
Written-By – Carl Smith , Marshall Jones
|B2||Are You Sure
Written-By – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson
|B3||Who Do You Think You Are? (Jesus Christ The Super Star)
Written-By – Roebuck Staples
|B4||I'm Just Another Soldier
Written-By – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson
Written-By – Bobby Bloom, Jeff Barry
- Manufactured By – Polydor Records Canada Limited
- Distributed By – Polydor Records Canada Limited
- Backing Band [Rhythm] – Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
- Engineer – Jerry Masters, Ralph Rhods*
- Engineer, Mixed By – Terry Manning
- Horns – The Memphis Horns
- Producer, Arranged By – Al Bell
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): STS 3002-A
- Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): STS 3002-B
|STS 3002, STS-3002||The Staple Singers||Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (LP, Album, ARP)||Stax, Stax||STS 3002, STS-3002||US||1972|
|UCCO-3082||The Staple Singers||Be Altitude: Respect Yourself +2 (CD, Album)||Stax, Stax 60th Anniversary||UCCO-3082||Japan||2017|
|TP-012||The Staple Singers||Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (2xReel, 2tr Stereo, 10.5" Reel, IEC)||The Tape Project||TP-012||US||2009|
|2325 069||The Staple Singers||Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (LP, Album)||Stax||2325 069||UK||1972|
|MFCD 832||The Staple Singers||Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (CD, Album)||Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Stax||MFCD 832||Japan||Unknown|