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Spirit of the Century: Blind Boys Of Alabama - Amazing grace and beauty,
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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.
My personal favourite here has to be their rendition of Amazing Grace. To the tune of House of the Rising Sun rather than the traditional setting, it works unbelievably well and brings fresh depth and meaning to what would otherwise be a tired old warhorse.
A classic album, not to be missed.