500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Staple Singers, I'll Take You There
Writer: Alvertis Isbell (Al Bell)
Released: June '72, Stax
15 weeks; No. 1
It was a good day’s work at Stax in 1971 when the Staples cut both "Respect Yourself" and "I’ll Take You There." The latter — a funk vamp promising heavenly or sexual devotion, depending on your perspective — was "written on the spot," said bassist David Hood. "We always tried to do material that was inspirational," said Roebuck "Pop" Staples, "in addition to whatever else it was."
Appears on: Bealtitude: Respect Yourself (Stax)
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