01 Stand By Your Man
02 How Can I Put Out The Flame (When You Keep The Fire Burning)
03 I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')
04 Mr And Mrs Untrue
05 Too Hurt To Cry
01 He Called Me Baby
02 Sweet Feeling
03 To Hear You Say You're Mine
04 What Would Become Of Me
05 Freedom Is Just Beyond The Door
Released in August 1970, as well as detonating hard and reaching #4 in the US R&B charts, ‘Stand By Your Man’ became a break-through single for Candi Staton, spending 14 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #24 When it came to the follow-up to ‘Stand By Your Man’, the formula was repeated with Candi taking on another country song ‘She Called Me Baby’. This song was written by country singer Harlan Howard and appeared on “Harlan Howard Sings Harlan Howard” released in 1961. It was first drenched in strings and sung from the female perspective as ‘He Called Me Baby’ by Jeanne Newman in 1965 and then, in more soulful form, by Ella Washington, whose version got to #77 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. As with Newman and Washington’s versions, Hall dressed the song in strings as well as belting brass. Staton’s definitive southern soul version of ‘He Called Me Baby’ got to #9 in the R&B chart and #52 in the Billboard Hot 100 when released in January 1971.
Both ‘Stand By Your Man’ and ‘He Called Me Baby’ – as well as their flips ‘How Can I Put Out The Flame (When You Keep The Fire Burning)’ and ‘What Would Become Of Me’ – appeared on Staton’s second album “Stand By Your Man”, released at the end of 1970. As with her singles and debut LP, “I’m Just A Prisoner” Capitol’s promotional rodeo ran wild and one advert even included the line, “Stand by your radio. Stand by your racks. Stand by for Candi Staton, a new American singing star.”
“Stand By Your Man” is one of the cornerstones of southern soul. As well as the tracks listed above it features other ear-Candi like ‘Mr and Mrs Untrue’, Freedom Is Just Beyond The Door’ and ‘Sweet Feeling’.
Ace Records are delighted to put it out again on 180gm vinyl with liner notes penned by our captive scribe Ian Shirley.
This is one of the greatest soul albums known to Stand-kind.