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THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA “Higher Ground” 2002
March 1, 2013, 8:16 am
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THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA “Higher Ground” 2002: Higher Ground, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama’s second album for Real World, is even more of a crossover effort than 1997’s Spirit of the Century. It sports a classics-heavy track listing, including great choices of inspirational material from R&B legends Stevie Wonder (“Higher Ground”), Curtis Mayfield (“People Get Ready”), Aretha Franklin (“Spirit in the Dark”), Prince (“The Cross”), Jimmy Cliff (“Many Rivers to Cross”), and George Clinton (“You and Your Folks”). Another inspired choice is the backing band, sacred-steel guitarist Robert Randolph and the Family Band, who provides a rock-solid rhythm, yet also lends the feeling necessary to frame the vocals. Leads Clarence Fountain and George Scott, who’ve been performing together for over 50 years, direct the ensemble with gospel fire; Fountain’s original, “Stand by Me,” is a rollicking jubilee number done with all the energy of his mid-’50s performances. Elsewhere, Randolph contributes some great licks to “I May Not Can Se,” another group original, and Ben Harper stops by to deliver a piercing high tenor on “People Get Ready.” (Allmusic)trax:

01 People Get Ready 02 Spirit In The Dark 03 Wade In The Water 04 Stand By Me 05 The Cross 06 Many Rivers To Cross 07 Higher Ground 08 Freedom Road 09 I May Not Can See 10 You And Your Folks / 23rd Psalm 11 I Shall Not Walk Alone 12 Precious Lord
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