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Spirit Of The Century

Blind Boys of Alabama Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B008B2IIWG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Jesus Gonna Be Here 4:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. No More 4:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Run On For A Long Time 3:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Good Religion 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Give A Man A Home 3:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Amazing Grace 4:260.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Soldier 5:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nobody's Fault But Mine 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Way Down In The Hole 3:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Motherless Child 4:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Just Wanna See His Face 4:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Last Time 2:550.69  Buy MP3 

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Although 2001's Spirit Of The Century was The Blind Boys of Alabama's first release for Real World, these men were no spring chickens. The gospel group had been making records and singing live together since before the start of the Second World War, their experience and wisdom making this record something of an instant classic. Backed by something of an all-star band (Ben Harper, Danny Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond…), the 'boys' spiritedly tackle an imaginative range of material, including Tom Waits' Jesus Gonna Be Here and Amazing Grace sung to the melody of House Of The Rising Sun.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets - this side of heaven! 19 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
You've got to take your hat off to a band who produce their best work after being together for over 60 years. This album combines undiluted gospel with a real blues feel and with plenty to remind you of Ry Cooder. The production is second to none, the session band has a number of heavyweights including John Hammond and Charlie Musselthwaite and the result is phenomenal. The music goes back to traditional stuff - Amazing Grace but to the tune of House of the Rising Sun and Nobody's fault but mine (Hat's off to Blind Willie Johnson)as well as more recent - a cover of the Stones Just wanna see His face - but the message and the music is uncompromising - Run on (you'd better leave that woman alone - a stark reminder of the 7th commandment) The vocal capacity and energy of these guys - whether in the studio or live (one of the best concerts I've ever been too) is stunning esp. when they must be knocking on 80 years old. Somebody must be looking after them!! A must for every serious music fans collection. I've played this to a number of my friends with the same result-they've all been knocked out!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gospel 17 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Spirit of the Century" is a Gospel music treasure, full of some of the most soulful singing you're ever likely to hear. Recorded in L.A. and released on Peter Gabriel's Realworld label, the album combines a number of traditional Gospel songs with a few newer tunes written by the likes of Ben Harper, Tom Waits, and the Rolling Stones. But don't worry - the Blind Boys aren't singing "Start Me Up" here. In the hands of these vocalists, even the contributions from secular artists are given a new spiritual dynamic that makes each song sound like it was pulled directly from an old southern hymnal. The bluesy, acoustic-bass driven backing music is decidedly rough around the edges. It is this up-front, almost reckless spiritual abandon that puts "Spirit of the Century" miles ahead of most of the calculated, market-savvy Christian music coming out of Nashville. Standout cuts include "No More," which contains echoes of the traditional "Amazing Grace," and "Amazing Grace" itself, which is set to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun." Uplifting message; awesome music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One that almost got away 21 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I only bought this album because I liked the look of the backing band. Great musicians one and all including one of my favourite guitarists, David Lindley, and the great Charlie Musselwhite who makes the harmonica sound like a rythmn and blues orchestra. The music is positively joyous. You can't fail to be moved by "The Last Time" and the standard of singing and playing, as well as the choice of material is awesome throughout. I hope I sound this good when I am that old. The album encompasses classic blues, gospel and r&b. Don't let it pass you by.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Boys of Alabama 2 July 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent CD, with tracks spanning over forty years, taken from The Blind Boys of Alabama's wide and varied career. The vocals are like honey, soulful, powerful, full of meaning, dripping through your ears. This is a fabulous CD to have on in the car, or just for chilling out to. I would recomend this to anybody who is a fan of blues and soul, in particular early American blues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius - pure and simple 21 Jun 2005
By Keith
Format:Audio CD
I bought this after hearing the uplifting track "Rock Me" on the second Jools Holland Friends album.
It is hard to find words to describe just how good this album is - I would never have envisaged buying a gospel album before, but this is simply awesome music.
Also recommend "higher Ground" which has a totally different feel to it, but with the same quality shining through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Moby lovers! 20 July 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Fans of current pop idol Moby's best-selling CD "PLAY" should not fail to listen to this album. I agree Moby is great, and he has certainly stimulated a lot of new listeners interest in gospel. But make no mistake, Blind Boys version of "RUN DOWN" blows Moby totally away. The album also highlights the genius of some modern blues writers like Tom Waits, proving that his best songs are as timeless as the best traditional gospel songs.
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