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“Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk.” –The New York Times

"Fervent, inspired and joyful blues, R&B, soul, roadhouse rock and gospel…beautiful harmonies, true magic." –NPR

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1. Got Myself Together
2. Promised Land
3. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
4. Fannie Mae
5. The New And Improved Me
6. I Surrender All
7. Train Song
8. None But The Righteous
9. Dashboard Bar
10. Don't Spare Your Sword
11. I've Been A Loser
12. Please Don't Hurt Me
13. The Final Round
14. There Goes My Everything
15. There's A Train
16. And I Love Her
17. Walk In The Light

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The rough edged voices of Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon come together to create one of the sweetest sounds on earth. They're also one of the great blues acts of our time, for The Holmes Brothers bring their gospel roots to the juke joints as well as the church, ultimately finding salvation in both worlds. Here are the very best of their Rounder Records recordings, from the tough R&B of "Please Don't Hurt Me", the soaring gospel harmonies of "I Surrender All" to Popsy's tender reading of Tom Waits' "Train Song." Tracks: Got Myself Together / Promised Land / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby / Fannie Mae / The New And Improved Me / I Surrender All / Train Song / None But The Righteous / Dashboard Bar / Don't Spare Your Sword / I've Been A Loser / Please Don't Hurt Me / The Final Round / There Goes My Everything / There's A Train / And I Love Her / Walk In The Light.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great American music 1 Sept. 2002
By "blovi8or" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Righteous! The Essential Collection offers a savory taste of the Holmes Brothers, a venerable blues trio with a twist. From the first moments of the disc's opening track, "Got Myself Together," you know that this is not your typical "blues" band: the driving funky shuffle of the first verse is cut by a tight, three-part harmony "Yeah!" that proves these guys would be as comfortable in a sweltering Southern gospel revival as in a smoky Chicago club. Throughout this compilation, drawn from the group's four albums recorded for Rounder (In The Spirit, Where It's At, Soul Street, and Promised Land), the Holmes Brothers-Popsy Dixon and brothers Wendell and Sherman Holmes-offer the mature fruits of their decades of collaboration, and demonstrate their ability to move effortlessly between the blues, gospel, funk, soul and country.
Each member of the Holmes Brothers brings unique qualities to the group. Wendell Holmes offers solid, rhythmic guitar work throughout, reminiscent at times of Jimmy Reed (especially in "A New and Improved Me"), and a cracking, rough-edged voice that's both passionate and pained (a perfect blues combination). Sherman Holmes is steadfast on the bass, and gives smoky, slurred vocal lines, featured best in his gospel-tinged "Promised Land." Wendell and Sherman are the songwriters of the group, and their original works and arrangements are featured on eight of the disc's 17 tracks.
But the Holmes Brothers's shining moments come through the vocal work of drummer Popsy Dixon. On "Train Song," the spare piano and bass support a classic soul tenor straight out of a Stax session. He captures the feelings of loss and hope for redemption of the Tom Waits-penned tune ("It was a train that took me away from here/But a train can bring me home"). However, it is his falsetto-sometimes used in a doo wop fashion ("I Surrender All"), sometimes reminiscent of Philip Bailey ("When Something Is Wrong With My Baby")-that brings an extra degree of emotional depth to the group's performances. The highlight of the album is the devastating gospel lament "Don't Spare Your Sword." Dixon's heart-rending vocals, delivered across his range, express his grief over a wasted life of drugs and despair, and cries for both punishment and mercy.
In addition to "Sword," the Holmeses deliver several other traditional gospel performances ("None But The Righteous," "Please Don't Hurt Me," "Walk In The Light"), and even the one or two otherwise ordinary-sounding tunes on this disc are enhanced by the band's three-part gospel harmonies. Other highlights of the album include a rousing version of the jump blues classic "Fannie Mae," a Subdudes-esque "Dashboard Bar," a straight rendering of the chestnut country waltz "There Goes My Everything" (featuring bluegrass goddess Alison Krauss on fiddle), and a sultry, down-tempo, blues-soaked rendering of the Lennon/McCartney classic "And I Love Her."
Since the late 1990s, the Holmes Brothers have gained some well-deserved fame, including an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and work as Joan Osbourne's backing band during her 1997 tour with Bob Dylan. They have recorded two albums that are not on the Rounder label, and therefore are not included in this collection: Jubilation a 1992 gospel album on Peter Gabriel's Real World label, and the Osbourne-produced Speaking In Tongues, released in 2001 on Alligator Records. While these should also be added to the collection of any discerning blues fan, the heady mix of songs about sinfulness and salvation on Righteous! truly makes this an "essential collection" for lovers of American music.
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I'm with "Blovi8tor"... 7 Mar. 2005
By Expedient Note - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First came a concert that the Holmes Bros were the key act and then came the listening of this cd. I'm in total agreement with the fine review my Mr. Blovi8tor. This collection of various songs from various Holmes Bros is solid! A great place to start your appreciation of the Holmes Brothers, but, hopefully, not the cd to stop with. This recording will get your joy up; then it'll be time to appreciate their other cd's, specifically "Simple Truths" and "Speaking in Tongues". The Holmes' version of songs ("And I Love Her" is a great example) are different enough to distinguish their take on them as well as powerful enough to wipe out your memory of the original. I loved the Beatles' original version of "And I Love Her". That is, until I heard the Holmes Brothers. I cannot overstate the need for you to see these cats live. They are getting along in years; they're a treasure worth putting out the effort for.
They Can Sing, Play, and Groove! 18 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It was none other than Tom Nousaine who first turned me on to the Holmes Brothers--those Usenet dunderheads who think that Tom never listens to music but just takes measurements are as wrong about that as they are a lot of other things. For those who still have not heard of the Holmes Brothers, take it from Tom and me that you are in for a real treat if you give this new anthology from Rounder a spin in your CD player.

Blues, gospel, R&B, soul, country--it's all here, and then some. Great solos, great harmony, grits and hominy--it's all here, and then some. These guys can sing, these guys can play, these guys can groove--and then some.

This collection features 17 cuts, covering a variety of musical styles but always sounding honest, true, and yes, righteous. On top of that, the sound quality is robust and honest. This is the perfect CD for hot summer nights, guaranteed to make them even hotter, and very cool.
A spiritually infused stew of blues, gospel, and soul 1 Jun. 2007
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll just have to pile on the praises already summed up by the other reviews here: this compilation of music from the Holmes Brother is both righteous and essential.

Their spiritually infused stew of blues, gospel, and soul--seasoned with liberal dashes of funk and rock and roots--is well represented by this collection of tunes culled from more than a decade's worth of their recordings on the Rounder label. There are no half-hearted songs here. If you cannot grab the whole lot, then get a copy of this CD.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Righteous as always 15 April 2010
By F. noyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wanted the anthology CD as the first one I got I've enjoyed so much. I like this one, it just didn't blow me away.
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