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)
Associated Artist/Work Alabama, Blind Boys of (The)
Associated Artist/Work Butler, Sam Jr.
Associated Artist/Work Fountain, Clarence
Associated Artist/Work Harper, Ben
Associated Artist/Work Isbell, Jason
Associated Artist/Work Mahal, Taj
Associated Artist/Work The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
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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