I’m always partial to a bit of gospel, but The Staple Singers add another dimension to this sound! Their superior, soulful and most glorious vocal layers heal the frayed edges of my mind, and to say they soothe my ears is something of an understatement. I love the way they weave threads of funk, blues and soul into their stirring tapestry of sound – the blues element most probably coming from Roebuck (“Pops”) Staples’ love for Charley Patton (a Gospel bluesman who he was heavily influenced by).
Going Away was released as a 45 in 1959 on Indiana label, Vee Jay Records. It featured as the B-side to their sublime track, I’m Leaning, which I couldn’t resist including below!! You can really hear the bluesy elements in this song and I love the rolling locomotive rhythm…needless to say, the vocals are as enriching as always!!