In commemoration of the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marches 50 years ago, Legacy Records is set to release a new edition of The Staple Singers‘ live compilation, Freedom Highway Complete.
Featuring unreleased music, the newly remixed and remastered compilation was initially recorded by the legendary group (Mavis Staples, Pervis and Yvonne Staples) at Chicago’s historic New Nazareth Church on April 9th, 1965. The historic event not only birthed the Staples’ first live album, but was created in support and celebration of the historic Civil Rights marches in Alabama.
In honor of Black History month & Selma’s anniversary, VIBE is premiering an unreleased track from the Gospel, R&B and Soul group entitled “View the Holy City.”
The record starts off with Mavis’ vocals floating over the guitar and drums echoing, “I’m going to view that old holy city…,” painting a feeling of consolation that was oftentimes needed during the racially tense-filled times of the 60s. The interspersed 3-part harmonies add warmth to the simple, yet soul-stirring musical gem.
Produced by Nedra Olds-Neal and Steve Berkowitz, Freedom Highway Complete – Recorded Live at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church will be available as a single CD, a digital release online, and in a special 2LP configuration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. You can also pre-order Freedom Highway Complete on vinyl and more on Amazon.
Hit play below to relive the historic moment.