Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - The Sermon

Wednesday 1st December 1993
Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - The Sermon

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20580-CAS2381
LABEL: Specialty 479
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tony May

As is constantly said in the music press, Ace are doing a wonderful job in reissuing gems from long-buried goldmines. They've certainly excavated the Specialty vaults, bringing daylight to 27 more tracks from the fab five following 1991's 24 track-er 'O Lord Stand By Me/Marching Up To Zion'. These maestros can do no wrong in my book, they whip up far more intensity and fire than almost any of the talented competition. Having said that, you can see why the earlier CD was released first, if you see what I mean. 25 of these tracks are previously unreleased, quite a lot are alternative takes, and, well, you can tell why they wanted to do it again. The sound too is comparatively thin and uneven in places. Though there are highlights such as a sizzling "Precious Lord" and the novelty title track, the previous release used up most of the creamier stuff. Interesting diversions into humour and jazz though.

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