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Errol's Pick

"Don't Lose This" is the title of an album of previously unreleased music by gospel legend Pops Staples that comes out on Tuesday. And there's a sweet story behind it. Just before passing away 15 years back from a concussion he'd suffered, Pops Staples gave his daughter Mavis Staples an unfinished record and said, "Mavis, don't lose this here". And I'm so glad she didn't. The record is a sumptuous mix of soul, blues and country. Despite being ill, Pops' voice sounds gorgeous and his tremolo-laden guitar induces chills every time I hear it. According to the label that's releasing "Don't Lose This", Mavis held the album a secret for more than 10 years, listening to it only with her brother and sisters. She says she finally decided that she didn't want to leave this world without releasing it so she asked Jeff Tweedy, who produced her last 2 albums, if he could work his magic on "Don't Lose This".

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