People Get Ready

Album: People Get Ready (1965)
Charted: 14
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  • People get ready, there's a train a comin'
    You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
    All you need is faith, to hear the diesels hummin'
    Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

    So people get ready, for the train to Jordan
    Picking up passengers coast to coast
    Faith is the key, open the doors and board 'em
    There's hope for all, among those loved the most

    There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
    Whom would hurt all mankind, just to save his own, believe me now
    Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
    For there is no hiding place, against the kingdom's throne

    So people get ready there's a train a comin'
    You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
    All you need is faith, to hear the diesels hummin'
    Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

Comments: 16

  • Svante from Karlstad, SwedenPeople get ready was also recorded by the Red Squares and became a monster hit in Denmark in early 1967. Peaked at #2 on February 12, 1967. Red Squares were an English group from Boston, Lincolnshire that were based in Copenhagen in the mid-60's. Their major hit was Sherry /originally recorded by Four Seasons/ in the summer of 1966. That song also hit in Sweden in early '67.
  • Joe from Johnston, RiIf my recollection serves me well, you can find this song on the flip side of the Chamber's Brother"s single.."Time has come today."
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1985 {August 17th} a video of Jeff Beck's covered version of "People Get Ready", featuring Rod Stewart, was aired on the ABC-TV Saturday afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    Four weeks earlier "People Get Ready" peaked at #48 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and it spent seven weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #15 on Sweden's Topplistan Singles chart...
    "People Get Ready" was track four on side one from his fourth studio album, 'Flash', the album peaked at #39 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    As noted above, twenty years earlier in 1965 the Impressions' original version of "People Get Ready" peaked at #14 on the Top 100 chart, and at #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Geoffrey Arnold Beck celebrated his 75th birthday two months ago on June 24th, 2019...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th 1965, "People Get Ready" by the Impressions entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #84; and six weeks later on March 21st, 1965 it peaked at #14 {for 1 week} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    It peaked at #3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1958 and 1987 the group had forty-six records make the R&B Singles chart; sixteen made the Top 10 with four reaching #1 {"It's All Right" in 1963, "We're A Winner" in 1967, "Choice of Colors" in 1969, and "Finally Got Myself Together" in 1974}...
    Group leader Curtis Mayfield passed away on December 26th, 1999 at the young age of 57...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Oldpink from Farmland, InThe genius that was Curtis Mayfield, this time shown in a beautifully moving song.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThe Impressions were certainly one of the super groups of the 60s & 70s. They charted 38 times on the Pop chart; with two records making the Top 10, "It's All Right" {peaking at #4 in 1963} and "Amen" {peaking at #7 in 1965}...
  • Joe from Gallipolis, Ohthe impressions were telling people to get ready for the apocolypse
  • Luke from Scranton, PaI was listening to the newly-released "The Doors: Live in Boston" and the first verse of "Mystery Train" is almost identical to that of "People Get Ready." Just an interesting observation.
  • Phil from Sydney, AustraliaOf all the versions of "People Get Ready" I've heard, Human Nature's live version has 2 B the BEST version ever - no excuses!
  • Ann from Baltimore, MdEvery time I heat this song I think of the footage of people marching for civil rights and being beaten and arrested for wanting what was rightfully theirs. I also think about a life cut tragically short in Curtis Mayfield.
  • John from Boston, MaI agree with you, Al, that the original is the best, but Jerry does no one any dishonor by holding an opinion.

    And Eva Cassidy's version is fantastic. Nothing wrong with holding it in such high esteem.
  • Al from New York, NyJerry, with all due respect, you must be out of your mind! This song has been covered many times, but NO ONE...NO ONE does this better than the originators, The Impressions, helmed by the incomparable Curtis Mayfield. Eva Cassidy's version is ok, but I would say that next to The Impressions, the best covers I've heard are by James Taylor and Bob Marley's interpolation.

    You not only dishonor yourself, but Eva Cassidy as well-I'm sure she would be the first one to tell you how wrong you are.
  • Caren from Detroit Area, MiAnybody ever notice that Van Morrison cloned (stole?) this song when he wrote Tupelo Honey? Wonder if it was intentional or merely inspiration... but I wonder why it's not mentioned anywhere else.
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyYet another song in a long list that Eva Cassidy has covered and outshone all others. What an incredible voice and talent!
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis is #24 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
  • Craig from Madison, WiA perfect song. It's hard to believe that this song was written in the 60's, when it sounds as if its as old as the soil. I'm not religious, but I feel the spirit when I hear this song. My suggestion is listening to the Impressions version with headphones, they use stereo with the three voices extremely well. Also, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart did a very pretty version of this in the late 80's.
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