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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B0002MPPVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take My Hand
2. Wicked Man
3. Where Could I Go
4. Church House Steps
5. 11th Commandment
6. Well Well Well
7. Picture of Jesus
8. Satisfied Mind
9. Mother Pray
10. There Will Be a Light
11. Church on Time

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When The Blind Boys of Alabama open their mouths to sing, what comes out is older than salvation, older than redemption, it is the sound of oppressions & struggle. It is the sound of revelation & liberation. It is a sound as old as time. The Blind Boys of Alabama are the pyramids of gospel music. The birthplace of sacred soul. What started out as me working with them on a couple tracks, blossomed & bloomed into an entire record in eight days. It all happened so fast. If it weren't for the recordings that prove that this magic actually happened I would not be entirely aware of what went on. - Ben Harper.

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Jam Nation hero Ben Harper tones down his lap-slide guitar flash in favor of the holy spirit for this blend of originals and gospel classics, his first full-length album with the historic singing group. They've worked together before, on the Blind Boys' excellent Higher Ground and Spirit of the Century, but here the pairing that Harper has termed "a spiritual soul movement" sounds like an outright tent-revival mission. His fevered wah-wah strutting and sweet high voice take their places in the chorus alongside the raw-throated howl of Blind Boys leader Clarence Fountain and his fellow bass George Scott, who plead for salvation like powerful old lions on "Take My Hand." The group's alto, Jimmy Carter, sails over the funky, hiccupping blues beat put down by Harper's Innocent Criminals on the classic "Satisfied Mind." The best cut may be Harper's "Picture of Jesus," a country-music-informed adventure in old-school church harmonizing with the passionate power to touch souls. --Ted Drozdowski

Customer Reviews

If you like the Blind Boys you'll lobe Ben Harper.
Sammie
I saw most of this album performed live at the Santa Barbara Bowl this August and have been looking forward to "There Will be a Light"'s release ever since.
Matthew R. Linden
This album is one of his many different approaches to the art of making music.
Marsha Stephens

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Janice Sims VINE VOICE on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this CD. I'd heard of the Blind Boys of Alabama ever since I was a little girl. My grandparents and my parents loved them. You get to a point in your life when you'll finally listen to your parents' music, so I purchased this CD with the thought:I'm not gonna be thrilled but at least I'll find out what my folks have been talking about all these years. Boy, was I wrong! Is this gospel music? If it is, then I love gospel music. To me, it's a combination of rock, soul, and gospel. I can hear a little old school soul here. Otis Redding comes to mind. Especially when Ben and The Blind Boys of Alabama sing the third song, Where Could I Go? I'd never heard of Ben Harper before but he's now one of my favorite singers. I love his high, soulful voice. Of course it's sexy. Is that blasphemous, thinking gospel music is sexy? I don't think so. Remember Sam Cooke and Ray Charles? Both were rooted in gospel. Both were incredibly gritty soul singers. At any rate, this CD will move you right out of your seat and have you dancing. It's rock, it's soul, it's gospel. It's fantastic!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Sean Brickell on September 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Blind Boys of Alabama have deservedly won three consecutive Grammy Awards for Gospel music. Know what? I hear #4 for this CD.

Can I get a witness? Say A-men, y'all!

Ben Harper has put himself in very deep water this time around. Performing a selection or two with BBA is one thing, but to hang pure for an entire 11 songs over a full CD is altogether a new level. He rises to the challenge by toning down the theatrics and cleverness that will ultimately make him a bonafide rock star. Thank heavens, in more than one way.

The resulting CD is filled with genuine emotion. There isn't a single artificial syllable or note.

Picking the best o' the bunch ain't possible for me as the selections are so consistently strong. Nonetheless "Satisfied Mind," "Take My Hand," and "Jesus" will definietly be included on some future "Greatest Hits" collection.

I believe!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Wolovick on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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Let me begin by stating a potential bias, Ben Harper is one of my top five bands/artists of all time. There was a period in time when he was competing for #1, but my like for Ben Harper took a bit of a hit after his last studio album release "Diamonds on the Inside". Going into the aforementioned album Ben Harper had this

remarkable streak of doubling his previous album's sales every time he released a new disc. I saw a documentary about him, and in it they attributed this to Ben's constant touring and positive word of mouth. It would then follow, that the latest album didn't get so much positive word of mouth. Its not bad, but in my opinion it is clearly the worst album he has released.

However, Ben Harper still had a strong enough reputation in my book that I purchased "There Will be A Light" when I saw it on the new releases without having a clue who the Blinds Boys of Alabama were and what to expect on the album. Well... the Blind Boys of Alabama are a group of blind gospel singing old men from Alabama, and Ben Harper collaborates with them on this album to produce an album that while being gospel in nature is really so much more than that. This is a truly inspired effort. Any doubt I had after Ben's release of "Diamonds on the Inside" was erased after this release. Its not even that it is his best record, it is just that you feel the energy and effort that the older Ben Harper albums have in this recording. But in the end, it is gospel. So anyone who likes Ben Harper should be forewarned, if you couldn't see yourself listening to gospel or if you are anti religious. You might want to steer clear. Luckily for me, I find the sound neat.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr Jeremy Buddle on October 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is terrific. I bought it on the strength of the song titles , which deal with spiritual and soulful themes, and a vague knowledge of the Blind Boys of Alabama via an outstanding performance they gave on Australian TV a few years ago of the standard House Of The Rising Sun. I was delighted with how good these 11 new songs are . They were all recorded earlier this year at two separate studio sessions, and my favourite ones were the chugging blues of Church House Steps , the uplifting slow ballad There Will Be A Light (the title song) , and particularly the awesome Wicked Man, which is really exciting. Ben Harper is is wonderful form on vocals , and the whole thing is really an inspired piece of music. It is a great joy to listen to a new album for the first time and be thoroughly happy with it the way I am with this album !

Highly recommended!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kwells44 on October 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I saw the Blind Boys in concert earlier this year and was blown away by them. I had never been to a show before where EVERYONE was smiling! Not knowing Ben Harper's music personally, but having heard of his critical acclaim, I bought the CD because of the Boys and think Ben Harper's involvement takes them to a higher level. If you like music with passion and intelligence, I would think you would have to like this disc unless you are repulsed by openly Christian references.
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