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Duets (2009)

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Format: CD
Sku: 212442624
UPC: 610583317725
UPC 14: 00610583317725
Release Date: 10/27/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Take My Hand ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
2. Magnificent Sanctuary Band ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
3. Perfect Peace - (previously unreleased) ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
4. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
5. Secular Praise ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
6. I Had Trouble ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
7. When the Spell Is Broken ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
8. Nothing But the Blood ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
9. Welcome Table ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
10. None of Us Are Free ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
11. Jesus - (previously unreleased) ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
12. How I Got Over - (live) ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
13. Devil Ain't Lazy, The ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama
14. One Kind Favor - (previously unreleased) ~ The Blind Boys of Alabama

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Ben Harper; Ben Sandmel.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Chris Goldsmith; Dan Zanes; John F. Hammond; John Chelew .
Muze PNote The Blind Boys of Alabama, who originally met and formed back in 1939 at the Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, AL, have had an amazing seven-decade career, one that has seen them release their own brand of gospel on every possible medium the history of recording has to offer, from 78s and LPs to eight-track tapes, cassettes, and CDs, and the consistency of their sound and approach through all of this makes them a venerable national treasure. Always, in all of their configurations, a gospel group, the Blind Boys have still done a fair amount of secular material, often as vocal guests on other artists' projects, and this delightful 14-track compilation assembles some of those. It's a surprisingly varied set, ranging from rock and light reggae to country, Western swing, and blues, and finds the Blind Boys backing up Ben Harper (the wonderful "Take My Hand"), Solomon Burke (the striking "None of Us Are Free"), Timothy B. Schmit (the beautiful ballad "Secular Praise"), and on previously unreleased tracks with Toots Hibbert ("Perfect Peace"), John Hammond ("One Kind Favor"), and Lou Reed (the chilling, anguished "Jesus," one of the best recordings Reed has done in years). This isn't a duets album in the normal sense, since the Blind Boys are present on these sides mostly as background vocal support, but once they enter the song's arrangement, everything invariably gets lifted to a new plane, and while the results may not technically be gospel, one would be hard put to call it anything else. ~ Steve Leggett

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 Let It Burn
Muze Music Compilations St Peter 57Th St
Muze Music Compilations Say Amen:gospel Funk From Jewel Recor
Muze Music Compilations Real World 25
Muze Music Compilations Shoutin Down The Aisles
Muze Music Compilations Three Wooden Crosses:inspirational Hi
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Is The Answer
Muze Music Compilations High Cotton:tribute To Alabama
Muze Music Compilations Ske Dat De Dat:spirit Of Satch
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 : 10/27/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 24962-D
Music Label Name Label : Saguaro Road
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 : 00610583317725

Professional Reviews

Billboard (p.32)
- "[T]he Blind Boys meld nyabinghi reggae and gospel on 'Perfect Peace,' while a collaboration with bluesman John Hammond on 'One Kind Favor' sounds like a doom-filled soundtrack to a midnight bayou tour."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Blind Boys Of Alabam
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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