Blind Boys Of Alabama:down In New Orl CD (2008)

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Label Premiere Productions Inc.
SKU 206678752
UPC 610583224726
UPC 14 00610583224726
Format CD
Release Date 1/29/2008
Author Blind Boys Of Alabam
Compilation Appearance Gospel Live From Mountain Stag (Live)
Compilation Appearance WowGospel 2003: 30 of the Year's Top Gospel Artists and Songs
Compilation Appearance Christmas Gospel Heritage
Compilation Appearance Three Wooden Crosses:inspirational Hi
Compilation Appearance An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
Compilation Appearance St Peter 57Th St
Compilation Appearance Jesus Is The Answer
Compilation Appearance Say Amen:gospel Funk From Jewel Recor
Compilation Appearance High Cotton:tribute To Alabama
Compilation Appearance Let It Burn
Compilation Appearance Shoutin Down The Aisles
Compilation Appearance Redemption Songs
Compilation Appearance Blues People
Compilation Appearance Real World 25
Compilation Appearance Ske Dat De Dat:spirit Of Satch
Technical Info
Engineer Jimmy Hoyson; Wesley Fontenot; Paul "Scooby" Smith; Jimmy Hoyson
Producer Chris Goldsmith; Chris Goldsmith
CatalogID 19548
Lable Name Time/Life Music
Released 01/29/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00610583224726
Musical Guests
Allen Toussaint
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Caleb Butler, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, Ben Moore , Jimmy Carter , Billy Bowers, Tracy Pierce, Joey Williams (vocals); Carl LeBlanc (banjo); Ralph Boyd Johnson (clarinet); Darryl Adams (alto saxophone); John Gilbert (tenor saxophone); Alvarez "Big Al" Huntley, Raymond "Taff" Williams, John Brunious (trumpet); Keith Anderson , Jerome Jones, Tyrus Chapman (trombone); Bennie Pete, Benjamin Jaffe (tuba); David Torkanowsky (piano, keyboards); Allen Toussaint (piano); Ronald Guerin (upright bass, electric bass); Shannon Powell (drums); Harry Cook (bass drum); Sammy Cyrus (snare drum).
Additional personnel: Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Audio Mixer: Jimmy Hoyson.
Liner Note Author: Ben Sandmel.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Photographers: Shannon Brinkman; Mark Gooch.
Arranger: Chris Goldsmith.
While they may not hail from the Crescent City, the Blind Boys of Alabama obviously have a strong connection to its musical traditions, a fact made unmistakably clear on DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS. With the able assistance of such estimable local heroes as Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the long-lived (they've been recording since the 1940s!) gospel icons deliver a straight-from-the-heart tribute to the spirit of New Orleans, giving their arrangements of traditional spiritual tunes a Big Easy tweak. The country blues song "You Got to Move," for instance, is transformed into a banjo-and-tuba Dixieland offering, and the gospel classic "Uncloudy Day" becomes a brass-band rave-up. Even the less overt stylistic adaptations bear the distinctive bump of New Orleans grooves, settling in seamlessly under the Blind Boys' rich, soulful voices.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] superweapon of roots-music uplift: Full-throated versions of standards such as 'I'll Fly Away' and 'Down by the Riverside' will raise goose bumps..."
Uncut (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Unmistakably spirited renditions of standards 'How I Got Over' and 'Down By The Riverside' provide timely comments on post Iraq/Hurricane Katrina America."
JazzTimes (p.76) - "[T]he Blind Boys' personal connection to an older strain of gospel singing gives their performances an imposing weight..."
Dirty Linen (p.51) - "[T]he lead singers are consistently spirited..."
Dirty Linen (p.49) - "The group eschews the obvious...instead presenting the classic 'Down By The Riverside' with energy and style, fueled by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band..."
No Depression (p.69) - "[O]ne of the more soul-lifting efforts to be recorded in the Crescent City in the post-Katrina era."
Q (Magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his meld of styles makes for an album of heavy-duty testifyin' to chase demons from your soul."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Made] with typical gusto, throwing themselves into impassioned performances of 'You Got To Move', 'Uncloudy Day' and more....Honest, soulful music."
Harp (magazine) (p.97) - "[T]hey're a determinedly adaptable bunch....[They] never lose track of the Boy's gospel roots, even as they cover new ground."
Disc 1
1 Free At Last
2 Make a Better World
3 How I Got Over
4 You Got to Move
5 Across the Bridge
6 You Better Mind
7 Down by the Riverside
8 If I Could Help Somebody
9 Uncloudy Day
10 Prayer, A
11 I've Got A Home
12 I'll Fly Away
Product Attributes
Artist Blind Boys Of Alabam
Label Time Life Music
Music Format Compact Disc

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