A Completely Off-the-wall Collection of Covers from Out in Gonzoland that Somehow Work in a Wacky Way as a Chesive Collection of Fun! Includes Telex's Classic "Rock around the Clock", Cornershop's Version of "Norwegian Wood" (In Hindi!), Fantastic Plastic Machine's Spaced Out Version of the Eurythmics' "There Must Be an Angel" is Probably Played in the Ballrooms of Mars...and The List Goes On. A Characteristically French Presentation Package, Realized by Beatrice Ardisson, Wife of French TV Personality Thierry Ardisson, Purveyors of Great Music.
Ben Harper's history with the Blind Boys of Alabama has been an evolving one that has moved from being a guest on their Higher Ground offering and touring with them in Europe, to the Blind Boys joining Ben and the Innocent Criminals on-stage at the front and back of their show. This album began as a series of rehearsals for collaboration on a Blind Boys of Alabama record. Recorded in two sessions, the vibe in the room was loose and creative enough that the two acts ended up with an album of material for a joint release.
On their umpteenth release, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama mix some modern blues and R&B into their core gospel sound. The rhythm section, led by the organ of the legendary Booker T. Jones, keeps the accompaniment simple as the group soars through some traditional material ("Closer Walk with Thee," "Every Time I Feel the Spirit, "), a few originals by lead vocalist Clarence Fountain, and a transcendent version of Bob Dylan's "I Believe in You."
A treasure trove of previously unreleased material, this brings together 25 new tracks, all recorded between 1953 and 1957. Only two songs, "Heaven on My Mind" and "I'm Going Through," were ever released in any form, but the quality of the material is certainly as high as any of their early sides. Here's one of gospel's greatest groups, singing their hearts out in their absolute prime.