Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama 1948-1951

Published Monday 11th September 2006
Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama 1948-1951
Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama 1948-1951

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20275-11567
LABEL: Acrobat Music ACMCD4204
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Such is the ongoing international popularity of the Blind Boys that reissues of their vintage years are beginning to appear. And this is a fascinating one, giving us the six tracks the group recorded for New Jersey's Coleman Records in 1948 and the 22 sides the team cut for Philadelphia's Gospel Records in 1950 and '51. These fascinating sides pre-date the sensational recordings the group made for Hollywood's Specialty Records but there's still much here which is rich and timeless, be it the call and response fervour of "By And By", the mournful and moving "Death Had Taken Mother Home" (though unfortunately there' some distortion on the 78 from which it was dubbed); and their first successful recording "See Everybody's Mother But Mine". If you're a devotee of the classic quartets then this compilation is definitely one you'll want.

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Posted by evon wright in niagara falls new york @ 16:08 on Feb 18 2011

i love your songs they really encouage me i was a little girl when my father was playing your records god bless you all and i still listen to them

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