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There Will Be a Light

Ben Harper, Blind Boys of AlabamaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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: #27,704 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.

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

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will get you out of your seat...and dancing! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I Hear Grammy Award #4 September 23, 2004
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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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for my soul October 12, 2004
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning surprise October 20, 2004
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet gospel music
Great album with a lot of thought put into the use of the Blind Boys from Alabama's talents. Some very emotional and moving songs.
Published 4 months ago by Patrick Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !
Everything you are expected from Ben Harper !
Bless this artist ! He is a genius !
The Blind Boys was a discovery and I loved it :-)
Published 7 months ago by Zagaro Nora
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Style After All
I got this because I heard a song from it on Music Choice TV Channel that was just awesome. I did enjoy that song, but for me, I guess this just isn't my style of music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gracee
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Harper is Genius & transcending
This album is one of his many different approaches to the art of making music. This has that bluesy feel like most but has more of a gospel message than others. Great album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marsha Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars There Will Be a Light
The songs that Ben Harper has written are totally amazing and really fit the showcase the talent of both himself and the Blind Boys of Alabama. I was blessed beyond all measure! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Connie Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars we are going to make it to church on time
absolute must for church folks. this music is real food for your soul. Church on Time is a song that will play in my car every Sunday rushing to late to church. Amen
Published on March 29, 2012 by Sheriff Buck Sagebrush
5.0 out of 5 stars I like other Ben Harper - will I like this?
Blown away, just totally blown away. A GREAT CD. Soulful, yet with an edge to it. I see why this won a Grammy for best gospel album. It should have won album of the year. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Alan D. Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible music
I'm listening to "There Will Be A Light" as I type. I've listened to it so many times I've lost count! Read more
Published on May 6, 2010 by Robert Hentrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Just a great album, very accomplished and inspirational. If you like the Blind Boys you'll lobe Ben Harper.
Published on April 1, 2008 by Sammie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album.
This is a great album. Their version of "Pictures of Jesus" is one of the more perfect songs I've ever heard.
Published on January 17, 2008 by Matthew J. Bring
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