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Spirit of the Century

By Blind Boys of Alabama (Artist)
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Item Specifications...

Record Label   Real World
Format   Explicit Lyrics
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.5" Width: 5" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 31, 2001
ISBN  0012174645  
EAN  0724385091827  
UPC  724385091827  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Jesus Gonna Be Here
2.  No More
3.  Run on for a Long Time
4.  Good Religion
5.  Give a Man a Home
6.  Amazing Grace
7.  Soldier
8.  Nobody's Fault But Mine
9.  Way Down in the Hole
10.  Motherless Child
11.  Just Wanna See His Face
12.  Last Time

Item Description...
Outline's Best of 2001Long known as the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, this venerable gospel institution has seen its ranks fluctuate in recent years. Rarely, however, have the soul-stirring harmonies of the group, recording here as a quartet, benefited from such stellar support. Producer John Chelew (best known for John Hiatt's breakthrough Bring the Family) has enlisted guitarists David Lindley and John Hammond, bassist Danny Thompson, drummer Michael Jerome, and harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite for a set that celebrates the bluesy underpinnings of gospel.

The selection of material mixes the traditional spirituals the group has been performing for more than a half century ("Nobody's Fault but Mine," "Motherless Child") with soulful readings from the more contemporary songbooks of Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, and Ben Harper. Harper's "Give a Man a Home" receives a majestic vocal from Clarence Fountain, while the album's most audacious cut pairs the lyrics to "Amazing Grace" with the melody from "House of the Rising Sun." --Don McLeese

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Blind Boys are Great!  Jan 11, 2007
I was not really familiar with the Blind Boys until I purchased this CD. I love their old-time blue-zy style and plan to purchase more of their music.
You don't have to be a big gospel fan to enjoy this  Feb 11, 2006
The Blind Boys reach out here to broaden their base beyond the traditional gospel fan. They start out by covering material by the Rolling Stones (I just wanna see his face from Exile On Main Street), Tom Waits, and others. They add some mainstraem guest stars to further broaden the appeal. There's blues, rock, soul here all blended together expertly.
This won a number of awards and deservedly so. I'm sure there's many people who didn't realize that they can enjoy gospel music until they listened to this.
You'll fall in love with the Blind Boys after listening to this CD  Sep 22, 2005
If you weren't already in love with the Blind Boys, you will fall in love with them and their music after listening to this CD.

Prior to hearing this, I wasn't a gospel fan, and wasn't really sure what my reaction would be. Since I bought this CD I have purchased about five others by the Blind Boys - and while they're all superb, this one is my favorite.

It's hard to pick favorite songs on this CD, although, "Run on for a Long Time," "Soldier," and "The Last Time" are a few. You'll find a lot of variety here, from uptempo tracks to more solemn and slow songs.

You might also recognize "Way Down in the Hole" as the opening track from HBO's series "The Wire."

Having toured with Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Peter Gabriel, the Blind Boys have earned their place in mainstream music culture, but maintain the traditional sounds that appeal to audiences around the world.
Unbelievable  Nov 15, 2004
I saw the Blind Boys of Alabama for the first time on Austin City Limits, singing "Amazing Grace." I remember being completely drawn in at the harmony and the rendition, as it sounded almost like a chain gang. The beginning cadence sounds a bit like "The House of the Rising Sun," but you forget about that once the vocals start in. The rest of the CD is equally moving. I've read other reviews claiming goosebumbs, tears, etc. -- my sentiments exactly. Bravo.

I heard a new song of their's (equally fabulous) on the radio a few days ago but suppose the CD has not yet been released -- I'm waiting!
Goosbumps  Dec 7, 2003
I plugged this CD in, put my headphones on and within 5 seconds I had goosebumps. Absolutely incredible. Tears in my eyes just thinking about it.

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