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Spirit of the Century

Spirit of the Century

by Five Blind Boys of Alabama Five Blind Boys of Alabama




From start to finish this album defies categorical classification. It employs the best of R&B, Afro-beat, folk, and blues while remaining true to the Blind Boys' gospel roots. And with a tasteful selection of material by Tom Waits, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and Ben Harper, in addition to their usual array of traditional gospel hymns and folk tunes, it will appeal to generations of listeners. Though varied in its stylings, the album works as a whole due to the high-quality production, arrangements, and musicianship throughout. The traditional "No More," in a slow and soulful arrangement, starts off with a plaintive slide guitar sampling of "Amazing Grace" and sits comfortably beside "Run for a Long Time," which features George Scott rapping over a percussive, groove-filled (à la Danny Thompson on double bass) and harmony- laden reworking of this classic. And the Stones' "Just Wanna See His Face," which is given a jubilee-like treatment that rivals the original, follows up a somber "Motherless Child" with grace and acuity. Other guests include Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, John Hammond on guitar and Dobro, and David Lindley on oud and electric slide. [Spirit of the Century received a deluxe reissue in 2016 by Omnivore Records. The expanded edition included seven previously unreleased live tracks recorded at a 2001 show at New York's famed Greenwich Village folk club The Bottom Line.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2016
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651010998
catalogNumber: 101099
Rank: 103346


  1. Jesus Is Gonna Be Here
  2. No More
  3. Run on for a Long Time
  4. Good Religion
  5. Give A Man a Home
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Soldier
  8. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
  9. Way Down In The Hole
  10. Motherless Child
  11. Just Wanna See His Face
  12. The Last Time
  13. Good Religion
  14. Way Down In The Hole
  15. Give a Man a Home
  16. Motherless Child
  17. No More
  18. Nobody's Fault But Mine
  19. The Last Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Boys of Alabama   Primary Artist
John Hammond   Bass,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Clarence Fountain   Vocals
David Lindley   Electric Guitar,Oud,Guest Appearance
John Chelew   Bass,Electric Guitar
John Hammond   Guest Appearance
Michael Jerome   Drums
Danny Thompson   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Joey Williams   Vocals
Jimmy Carter   Vocals
George Scott   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
John Chelew   Arranger,Producer
Henry Diltz   Cover Photo
Ben Harper   Composer
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Davin Seay   Liner Notes
Tristan Manco   Cover Design
Chris Goldsmith   Arranger,Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Blind Boys of Alabama   Arranger
Bryan George   Licensing

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