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There Will Be A Light by Ben Harper And The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: Gospel, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
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Singer/songwriter and gospel group build on collaboration to create a fresh album.

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  1. 1. Take My Hand
  2. 2. Wicked Man
  3. 3. Where Could I Go
  4. 4. Church House Steps
  5. 5. 11th Commandment
  6. 6. Well, Well, Well
  7. 7. Pictures Of Jesus
  8. 8. Satisfied Mind
  9. 9. Mother Pray
  10. 10. There Will Be A Light
  11. 11. Church On Time
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Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Following Ben Harper's guest appearance on the last Blind Boys album, 'Higher Ground', the well known singer/songwriter and the octogenarian gospel group decided they got on so well that they'd record a full album together. Ben Harper was so inspired by the Blind Boys that he secreted himself away to pen an album of gospel material. Not known for being a Christian, you couldn't be faulted for wondering whether Harper has found Jesus when you hear these songs. The pairing is superb and most of the material sprang from Harper's pen with a sprinkling of covers thrown in. This is the perfect blend of blues, soul and gospel and near enough every track is a highlight, whether it's the sparse spare arrangement and juxtaposition of "Where Could I Go"'s blues vocals and brittle guitar or the full on impact of the brilliant "Take My Hand" which opens the album. The popular gospel song "Satisfied Mind" is given a stupendous reworking whilst the swampy groove of "Church House Steps" is pure Blind Boys gospel at its best. Ben Harper has captured the gospel heart of the group with some great songs here. Sounding simultaneously traditional and fresh, the blend of instruments and voices make this a powerfully earthy album and as far as the mainstream is concerned, The Blind Boys Of Alabama are the fashionable end of today's gospel music! They're an institution that keeps on making amazing music.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 12463
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Virgin CDVUS254
Items: 1
Release Date: 2004

Singer/songwriter and gospel group build on collaboration to create a fresh album.

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Posted by Steven Whitehead in Buckinghamshire at 21:30 on Feb 26 2011

There is also a live version of the album on DVD. It was recorded at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York and has some really intersting bonus features (making of, etc.). Well worth tracking down.

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