Staple Singers’ ‘Be Altitude: Respect Yourself’ Getting 50th Anniversary Reissue

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Stax Records and Craft Recordings have announced that a 50th anniversary edition of The Staple Singers‘ 1972 classic, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, will be out on June 24.

The reissue will be out on 180 gram vinyl, with all-analog remastering from the original stereo tapes by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl.

The album was the Staples’ fourth with Stax and was a new high in the coming together of their gospel roots, socially conscious lyricism and pop-friendly R&B sensibility.

The record, which featured some of Staple Singers’ signature hits since 1948, earned the band international stardom. The album’s title was a nod to the Beatitudes, eight blessings proclaimed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew.

Be Altitude: Respect Yourself peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on R&B, the band’s highest ranking on the list. Two of its songs, “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There,” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and are among Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

(Photo: Stax Records)

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