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Format: CD
Sku: 206678752
UPC: 610583224726
UPC 14: 00610583224726
Release Date: 1/29/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Free At Last ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
2. Make a Better World ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
3. How I Got Over ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
4. You Got to Move ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
5. Across the Bridge ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
6. You Better Mind ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
7. Down by the Riverside ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
8. If I Could Help Somebody ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
9. Uncloudy Day ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
10. Prayer, A ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
11. I've Got A Home ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
12. I'll Fly Away ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Jimmy Hoyson.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Ben Sandmel.
Muze PNote Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Shannon Brinkman; Mark Gooch.
Muze PNote Arranger: Chris Goldsmith.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Chris Goldsmith; Chris Goldsmith

Engineer: Jimmy Hoyson; Wesley Fontenot; Paul "Scooby" Smith; Jimmy Hoyson

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Allen Toussaint
Muze Guest Artist Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Muze Guest Artist Hot 8 Brass Band

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Gospel Live From Mountain Stag (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Wow Gospel 2003
Muze Music Compilations Wow Gospel 2004
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Imus Ranch Record II
Muze Music Compilations Let It Burn
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Is The Answer
Muze Music Compilations Ske Dat De Dat:spirit Of Satch
Muze Music Compilations St Peter 57Th St
Muze Music Compilations Real World 25
Muze Music Compilations Say Amen:gospel Funk From Jewel Recor
Muze Music Compilations Three Wooden Crosses:inspirational Hi
Muze Music Compilations High Cotton:tribute To Alabama
Muze Music Compilations Shoutin Down The Aisles
Muze Music Compilations Blues People

Associated Artists and Works

Duets ~ Alabama, Blind Boys of (The)
Butler, Sam Jr.
Fountain, Clarence
There Will Be a Light [Slimline] ~ Harper, Ben
Isbell, Jason
Mahal, Taj
The Five Blind Boys of Alabama

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/29/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 19548
Music Label Name Label : Time/Life Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00610583224726

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)
- 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)
- 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)
- "[T]hey're a determinedly adaptable bunch....[They] never lose track of the Boy's gospel roots, even as they cover new ground."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Blind Boys Of Alabam
Product attributeLabel:   Time Life Music
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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