- Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Real World
- ASIN: B001CUXZUO
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Spirit of the Century
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I had heard the Blind Boys of Alabama before on a couple of cuts of a Charlie Musselwhite CD, but I never thought they could be this good. There are some powerful tunes here! My favorites are the Tom Waits compositions Jesus Gonna Be Here and Way Down In The Hole, the traditional classic Motherless Child, and a blistering rendition of the traditional Soldier. The highlight of the CD is Amazing Grace sung to the tune of House of the Rising Sun.
Its ironic that the presence of Amazing Grace, which is kind of an obligatory country/gospel song, almost kept me from buying the CD. I am not fond of the traditional tune but the BBofA give it a memorable arrangement. Its simply tremendous.
Blues greats John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite accompany the Blind Boys here, giving the music extra thrust. Even if you are not a spiritual person, you can't help but have the spirit move you when you hear this CD which is rockin' gospel at its best.
I am not a music critic nor do I know much about gospel music but I know what I like. Using their voices and drums they create a clean and simple but powerful reaction from the listener. Other instruments are used sparingly I liked the heavy voice with the bass and running drums in Run for a Long Time.
The traditional call and response style used in Good Religion is done very well. The strong version is held up by the bare bones of the style.
The Last Time the final cut on the CD is very strong and sad. Is this the last time they will work together. It just may be the last time to sing or write a review who knows what the future holds?
The opening track is one of the best. Starting with a big double bass (Danny Thompson), Clarence Fountain's smooth vocals are laid over Hammond's insistent Dobro and David Lindley's soulful slide guitar, followed by a sinewy harp solo. Add Michael Johnson on drums you have a savory concoction. Lean and mean, it ain't nothing but the gospel played blue.
More slide guitar follows on "No More," where we get our first taste of all four singers. "Run On for a Long Time" features richly textured vocals and spirited drums-this is a head-shaking, toe-tapping take on the traditional song. Clarence Fountain, George Scott, Jimmy Carter, and Joey Williams generate a subdued excitement, the result of their sincerity and precise-but never precious -harmonies, lead cuts, and hearty gospel inflections. There's a gentle power here.
While this is a spiritual album, it's also fun and slightly irreverent. "Good Religion" includes a few Little Richard type howls (showing L.R.'s gospel roots), and, of course, "Amazing Grace" set to the riffs of "House of the Rising Sun" gives a smile of joy and surprise. It's an instant classic. The group also does the Jagger/Richards "Just Wanna See His Face," with great bass by Thompson and some wailing background vocals.
Still, it's the basic liturgical sound of the blues mixed with the anguish and hope of spirituals that fuel the listener's emotional response.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this cd for a song used on a tv series, the wire. The other songs are inspiring.Published 9 months ago by Ameridith Taylor
t is the best of The Blind Boys albums. The version of Amazing Grace with House of the Rising Sun music is a masterpiece. If You like these Boys, You will love this album... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paulo V. Petruzzelli
This is good music. The song Amazing Grace has a tune similar to House of the Rising Sun, which is a bit unusual.Published 17 months ago by Katherine Lakes
Wow! Not a bad song on the whole CD, and several songs just spine-tingling GOOD!!!!! I had the privilege of attending a live performance of the Blind Boys recently--it was a great... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Celsus
I love this album so much I played it at least once a week. I first heard it on my husbands smart phone and could not stop listening to it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Clarice
Was making my father a gift of music, mighty clouds from the early - mid 70's, Dixie hummingbirds from the 60's, sensational nightingales form the 70's, so on and so forth. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by 1104