There Will Be A Light CD (2004)

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Label Virgin Records
SKU 63504283
UPC 724357120623
UPC 14 00724357120623
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2004
Author B/blind Boys Harper
Associated Artist/Work Freund, Tom
Associated Artist/Work Harper, Ellen
Associated Artist/Work Relentless 7
Associated Artist/Work Relentless7
Technical Info
Engineer Jimmy Hoyson; Mike Glines; Jimmy Hoyson; Mike Glines
Producer Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals; Ben Harper
CatalogID CDVUS 254
Lable Name Virgin
Released 09/20/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724357120623
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ben Harper (vocals, guitar); Clarence Fountain, George Scott , Jimmy Carter , Tracy Pierce, Bobby Butler, Ricke McKinnie, Joey Williams (vocals).
Additional personnel: Marc Ford .
Audio Mixer: Jimmy Hoyson.
Recording information: Capitol Studio B, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Steve Sherman.
Arranger: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.
This collaboration between Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama draws heavily from blues and gospel traditions. Many of the songs on THERE WILL BE A LIGHT, particularly "Take My Hand" and "Mother Pray," are highly devotional. However, unlike many of the spiritual records on the market, this album is musically diverse and non-formulaic. And, despite the finely wrought production, Harper retains an earthy, organic feel throughout this intimate outing, which relies more on subtlety and nuance than blatant preaching.
THERE WILL BE A LIGHT also emulates Depression-era blues very well. "11th Commandment" and "Well Well Well" feature Harper's slide guitar, and his soulful playing harks back to the work of Robert Johnson and Elmore James. Unlike some revivalists, Harper shows that he understands--and has internalized--the Delta blues and gospel traditions. Of course, one can't overstate the contribution the Blind Boys of Alabama bring to this album. Their passionate harmonies add warmth and grace to each and every song.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "'Where Could I Go,' which plays like an elegantly spaced Fifties rock ballad, is a wonder....'Well, Well, Well' sounds like a lost, brilliant 78-rpm side."
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[T]his union of the slide-playing roots rocker and the veteran gospel septet feels relaxed and natural." - Grade: B
Uncut (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 - "It's as inspirational as you would expect from such a blues-gospel summit to be. Harper contributes stinging slide guitar and adds his own distinctive vocals to those of the magnificent Clarence Fountain."
Disc 1
1 Take My Hand
2 Wicked Man
3 Where Could I Go
4 Church House Steps
5 11th Commandment
6 Well, Well, Well
7 Picture Of Jesus
8 Satisfied Mind
9 Mother Pray
10 There Will Be A Light
11 Church On Time
Product Attributes
Artist Harper,B/blind Boys
Label Virgin Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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