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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00A196P68
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Slide Brothers are steel guitarists Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. The joyous music these artists create extends far beyond Sacred Steel to encompass blues, rock and soul. Robert Randolph - the most successful artist to emerge from the Sacred Steel tradition - wanted to share the extraordinary talents of these masters with audiences throughout the world.

The Slide Brothers shift easily between genres, incorporating both traditional gospel repertoire as well as and secular material. To underscore the album's diversity, a stirring instrumental version of the spiritual classic "Wade in the Water," is followed by a vibrant and bluesy cover of Fatboy Slim's 1999 hit "Praise You" (featuring vocals by blues queen Shemekia Copeland and backing by Robert Randolph & the Family Band). Jimmy Carter of the famed Blind Boys Of Alabama joins Aubrey Ghent to provide lead vocals for "My Sweet Lord."

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'A Clapton protege and all-round slide genius, Robert Randolph has brought together some really special sparring partners for this release...deeply felt, expertly expressed, this is steel guitar from the top drawer.' --Guitarist, (Jamie Dickson) * * * *

'Randolph selflessly allows himself to be upstaged by the incredible talents of the Slide Brothers, and we thank him profusely for it...some gleeful, awe-inspiring slide and steep playing.' --Guitar & Bass, (Steve Bailey)

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I like the slide guitar. But here we get it by truckloads! In other words, for me it`s too much. The repotoare is ok, but nothing that I would load my i-phone. As the booklet tells us, this was usually played in churches. This is what gives it the 3 star.
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An outstanding outing by some of the best slide steel players in the world. This should be in the collection of anyone who considers themselves a lover of blues and roots music.
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This was an excellent CD, I would recommend to anyone. Very pleased with it. Quick service as usual! More please!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I get an Amen? 19 Feb. 2013
By To The Max"Bax" - Published on Amazon.com
These are songs of celebration, gospel music laced with rock, funk, and blues by co-producers John McDermott and Robert Randolph. Embracing the philosophy that "traditional gospel and secular music should not be divided but celebrated."

"Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers is The Slide Brothers' debut album. Practitioners of the sacred steel musical tradition that developed in the House of God Church in the 1930's."

From the Bio...

"The Slide Brothers are Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own."

Some of the songs included, the Allman Brothers classic "Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Fatboy Slim's trip-hop hit "Praise You," two Elmore James tracks, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord," and an instrumental version of the spiritual "Wade in the Water."

This is high energy electrified slide praise music using the guitar to mimic the sounds of voices and to raise the level of celebration wherever the faithful gather.

Making special appearances with the band are Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, the Blind Boys of Mississippi,and the aforementioned Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

"Other players include Marcus Randolph (drums) and Danyel Morgan (bass) from Robert Randolph's Family Band; jam master-of-all-trades Jason Crosby on keys; blues queen Shemekia Copeland, who leads the rave-up "Praise You"; and a once-in-a-lifetime pairing of bassist Billy Cox (from Jimi Hendrix' Band Of Gypsys) and former Stevie Ray Vaughan drummer Chris Layton on a monster version of "The Sky Is Crying". (Robert Randolph and Chuck Campbell swap steel licks on this one while Cooke sings the blues.)"

"Despite its role in church services, this dynamic, high energy music had never been heard outside of church. As a new century dawned, rumors of an extraordinary new form of slide guitar began to attract interest among blues fans who long favored the electrified sound of slide guitar masters such as Elmore James and Duane Allman. Where the music of Muddy Waters or the Allman Brothers showcased traditional six string slide guitar, critics and fans alike were jolted by the an even more potent brand of slide guitar being performed on pedal steel instruments. As the center core of the Sacred Steel movement was its artistic purity. Ted Beard, Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent and other pedal steel icons within the church had fostered a rich, uniquely American art form unspoiled by commercialism.
Robert Randolph has become the most successful artist to emerge from the Sacred Steel tradition. Randolph was trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church and his dynamic use of the instrument has earned him international acclaim.Randolph's mission is to share the extraordinary talents of these legendary masters with audiences throughout the world."

"The Slide Brothers were recently featured as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour, thrilling sold out audiences across the US and Canada with their interpretations of such Hendrix signature songs as "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady". Their acclaimed performances have won fans who had never witnessed the infectious appeal of the sacred steel. Their enthusiastic reactions came as no surprise to Robert Randolph. "My goal is to open the door for people in the same way that musical doors have been opened for me," explains Randolph.

Great vocal performances accompany the amazing slide on both the religious and secular tracks of this offering. Dynamic, high energy music sure to lift your spirits and take you to a better place. "Help Me Make It Through" is one of the most pleasing tracks that I have heard in some time.

5 stars easily.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a "Sacred Steel" super group recording! 2 Mar. 2013
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm been a huge fan of Campbell Brothers (Phil, Chuck and Darrick) since I discovered their early CDs on the Arhoolie label. I've seen them play in person at least a dozen times and I'm never surprised to see how they grab an audience unfamiliar with the "spirit" of sacred steel music from their first song. There is no way you can sit still when the Campbells are playing. A few years ago the International Folk Alliance Conference began hosting a yearly sacred steel showcase and Sunday morning brunch. It was always full. At the first of those I got to hear the three Campbells play along with Calvin Cooke and Aubrey Ghent (two other sacred steel masters) and purchased a DVD of this all-star event. I always hoped there'd be a CD of this supergroup. Leave it to Robert Randolph - the next generation of SS players - to use his more prominent name and reputation with the "secular" audience to gather the musicians noted above and record this album. To add icing to the cake, he brought in singer Shemeika Copland to join the group on one track. There are a few other musicians here too (drums, bass and organ) but the guys noted above (including Randolph on a few tracks) are the reason for this album.
The songs are wide ranging in source from the traditional "Wade in The Water" and "Motherless Children" to two songs by blues legend Elmore James" and two composed by rock guitar legends (George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and Greg Allman's "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'")
The 8-page booklet includes a two page essay on the project, a track listing (which who is playing or singing on each of the 11 tracks) and photos (for some reason Phil Campbell, who plays on the CD, is not shown).

If you already love Sacred Steel, you'll want this album. If Robert Randolph's name brought you here but you are unfamiliar with the "elders", then start here and check out their other albums.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Great Guitar! 2 Mar. 2013
By Misterian - Published on Amazon.com
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I am fairly reserved when it comes to 5-star ratings, but this gem is definitely deserving. From the first note to the last, this album rocks! These soulful covers don't lack any of the energy of the originals. They are full of gooey, syrupy guitar and deep vocals. The arrangements are all tight, but it's the guitar that really shines on each track. Robert Randolph is a genius for assembling and highlighting all this talent. This CD exceeded all of my already-high expectations. This album is a must for any guitar enthusiast. You won't be disappointed!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Robert Randolph 2 April 2013
By Baby Bull - Published on Amazon.com
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Very enjoyable if you like slide guitar, these gentlemen are masters at their craft. It was interesting to hear them step outside their normal musical selections and stretch a little bit.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE 25 April 2013
By Lester L. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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You can tell they've been to church. This one will get your toes to tapping. A very nice effort. You won't be able to nod off to this one.
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