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Blind Boys of Alabama Audio CD
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As a teenager, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon dreamed of working with his heroes, except his weren’t the typical heroes for a kid growing up in the Midwest during the 1990s. When his friends were getting into punk and hip-hop, the seventeen-year-old Vernon was obsessed with gospel music. As teenagers, he and his best friend—and future band mate—Phil Cook steeped themselves in ... Read more in Amazon's Blind Boys of Alabama Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Realworld
  • ASIN: B0007GAEDU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Atom Bomb 2:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Demons 4:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Talk About Suffering 4:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Know I've Been Converted 2:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Old Blind Barnabas 3:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Spirit In The Sky 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Faith And Grace 3:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. New Born Soul 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Presence of The Lord 5:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Moses 3:570.69  Buy MP3 

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Anyone who's heard the Blind Boys of Alabama's take on the otherwise throwaway Rolling Stones song "Just Wanna See His Face" will know what to expect here; that is to say adding gospel fervour into rock n roll songs and lifting them to a higher plane. Putting Jagger and co firmly to shame in terms of longevity (the Blind Boys have been around in some form since the 40s,with leader Clarence Fountain helming the group since it's inception), Atom Bomb exudes the same passionate-sound of their celebrated Spirit of the Century LP- if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Covering everything from Cold-War paranoia (the title track) through otherwise-cheesy pop tunes ("Spirit in the Sky", sounding as good as it's ever going to get) to an appropriation modern hip hop in "Demons", the group achieve a perfect balancing act of novelty and widespread appeal. Along the way, they even succeed in breathing life into some gospel classics- just take a listen to "Presence of the Lord". Like Johnny Cash whose later recordings trod the same tightrope, the group succeed without compromising their integrity or passion, and the accessibility of the album should ensure that it will reach a wider audience. --Thom Allott

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The hardest working band in the business is back with a new album, new friends and an old message. With guests David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) on guitar, Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and the amazing Billy Preston on Hammond Organ, the producer John Chelew has again assembled a stellar band that provides the basis for the glorious tones and harmonies of the Blind Boys. The dark, menacing rap from Gift of Gab from Blackalicious (on "Demons") is an unexpected, but great, surprise that shows the Blind Boys are the most adventurous "old guys" around. The album pulls off the unique trick of sounding totally familiar whilst at the same time pushing the boundaries of the gospel/blues genre.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No slowing down 4 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
This band was formed in 1937 and two of its original members are still right there, still on the road. Contemplate that, Mick and Keith - you have at least another 25 years to go. And it seems they're just hitting their stride now. Gospel, like every genre, has its unique delights and its straightjacketing conventions, so the trick is to bend it without breaking it, keep it fresh and keep it gospel at the same time. The Blind Boys push with all their might at the boundaries with huge effervescence energy. They aren't tired, they aren't slowing down. Here's the mix for this album : guest stars David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Billy Preston (ex-Beatles), Charlie Musselwhite (I thought he was dead); songs - Bill Withers' "Demons", Eric Clapton's "In the Presence of the Lord", Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" (yeah, that one, but this time it doesn't sound sappy), the 1950s Cold War classic "Jesus Hits like an Atom Bomb", and a bunch of trad stuff which nobody wrote. It's all mean and moody, fast and flashy, slam bang rocking and rolling, there's no hanging around at all. "Demons" is the standout for me, featuring rapsters Blackalicious doing some bawling for Jesus - the hip-hop witchfinder generals. This is gospel remixed by Albrecht Durer. If you like this sort of thing, this is definitely gonna be the sort of thing you like. I like this sort of thing. Gotta dock them one star though because as cds go it's very short.
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Having first come across this group on one the Jools Holland `and friends' albums, I fell in love with their distinctive sound and determined to hear more of their music.

The group have an incredibly long history, stretching back to the late thirties. Because they have so much experience and are so used to working together they are capable of producing simply sublime close harmony gospel with a streak of soul and the roots of rock. You can just feel their faith as they pour their hearts and souls into the songs, to produce some of the most classic gospel ever committed to tape. They have an absolute joy at making music that is totally infectious and will leave you feeling uplifted.

Not afraid to mix it up a bit, the boys have teamed up with rappers for `Demons' which works surprisingly well, turned to a Charlie Mingus composition for the title track and a Blind Faith number in `Presence of the Lord'. There are some traditional gospel numbers as well, the stand out being `Old Blind Barnabas', a track that just rocks along.

Going right back to the birth of soul and rhythm and blues, this is a classic album from a class act.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Consecutive Grammy Winner Earns 5 Stars! 17 Mar 2005
By D. Sean Brickell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Blind Boys of Alabama are so much more than a gospel group, albeit they're undoubtedly the most successful such minstrels in history. This CD -- to my ears -- will win their fifth consecutive Grammy in 2005. That's quite a predicition for a March release, but you'll believe me when you listen.

I particularly enjoy how they retool modern classics, illustrated here by Blind Faith's "Presence Of The Lord" or Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky." In each instance the Boys put their signature vocals and arrangements to good work, making them both standards and refreshingly new.

Not a weak cut anywhere to be found. Solid commitment to the higher spirit that guides their lives consistently shines through.

Can I get a witness? Lord-amighty, I say yeah! A-men brother, and count your blessings.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel+Blues+Soul+Funk+Rap+Rock = SPECTACULAR!!! 7 May 2005
By Gregory Bravo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this CD at one of those "listening stations" in a record store-- and bought it 15 minutes later! (...even though I had to scrounge in my pockets for my last 13 bucks.) It hasn't been off my rotation since. I'd never heard of these guys before, never really listened to so-called Gospel music before-- honestly, virgin ears. But.... wow! Spectacular.

For those coming from other musical regions (I myself am partial to blues,) or for those who never considered "Gospel" before, I beg you, give this album a try. While this album is broadly defined as "Gospel" there is so much more musically here. There is Gospel, of course, but also a healthy dose of blues (Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica), a hint of funk, a sprinkling of soul, a new interpretation of rock (Clapton, Norman Greenbaum), and one (surprisingly effective) nugget of rap--- all stirred with a soul-nourishing positive vibe, and filtered through the Blind Boys' unique musicality.

This is a very special and magical brew that will bring you up and leave you there, even after the music stops.

Give it a try!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is in my auto CD player right now! 20 Jan 2006
By S. K. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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Even if you aren't into gospel music, you will like this CD.

A little Blues, a lot of funk. I have played this cd over and over and will be purchasing more of the Blind Boys of Alabama.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I KNOW I'VE BEEN CONVERTED 23 Jan 2008
By Sharon Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From gospel came hip-hop, blues and rock n roll. The Blind Boys of Alabama's "Atom Bomb" puts various genres of music together to spread the good word while staying true to their gospel harmonic roots. I was first introduced to The Blind Boys of Alabama a few years ago when I went to see them with my grandmother in Charleston, NC (soulful live performers) they were GREAT! My favorite song on the album is "I Know I've Been Converted" lead by founding member Jimmy Carter who belts and testifies about turning his life and spirit over to God (Hallelujah). The "Atom Bomb is a must have for new and old Blind Boy of Alabama fans a like!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Generally excellent. 21 Jan 2007
By B. Ault - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Blind Boys get help from David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Billy Preston, and Charlie Musselwhite on this release - not that they need it, but wow, what players. There is great, authentic stuff here. A particular standout is the atmospheric "Demons", a memorable production. (Yes, it includes guest rappers The Gift of Gab, but I'm 53 and I STILL like it, so......)

In a way, I wish I could give it 4.5 stars, because two cuts feel like filler. Still, it's easy to recommend.
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