Item description for Atom Bomb by Blind Boys Of Alabama...
Fans of the stellar, down-home harmonizing of the Blind Boys of Alabama won't be disappointed by 2005's ATOM BOMB. The opening track, entitled "(Jesus Hits Like the) Atom Bomb," features the group's airtight vocalizing accompanied only by the spare, insistent bass pulse and brushes on a snare. Despite its topical lyrics, the song cuts straight back to the gospel hymns and field hollers of the rural south in the 1920s and '30s. Yet the Blind Boys are no museum artifacts, as "Demons," the album's second track, proves. Here guest star the Gift of Gab unfurls his verbally agile rap flow over a chugging groove, while the Boys' back-up vocals ebb and flow.
The Blind Boys show a special talent for bringing their church-like flair to material from the rock era, including a simmering rendition of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and an organ-drenched take on Eric Clapton's "Presence of the Lord." Yet the Blind Boys never lose track of their true roots. Their versions of old-school gospel tunes ("Talk About Suffering" and "Old Blind Barnabas") sound suitable for the ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC, if not for the slinky blues instrumentation and high-end production.
Outstanding musicianship from keyboardist Billy Preston, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, and guitarist David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos) adds a special sheen to ATOM BOMB, another winning disc from these gospel legends.
1. Atom Bomb (Jesus Hits Like The)
3. Talk About Suffering
4. I Know I've Been Converted
5. Old Blind Barnabas
6. Spirit In The Sky
7. Faith And Grace
8. New Born Soul
9. Presence Of The Lord
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Studio: Real World
Record Label Real World
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.51" Width: 4.92" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012335819 ISBN13 0724356395923 UPC 724356395923
Reviews - What do customers think about Atom Bomb?
Generally excellent. Nov 30, 1999
The Blind Boys get help from David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Billy Preston, and Charlie Musselwhite on this release - not that they need it, but wow, what players. There is great, authentic stuff here. A particular standout is the atmospheric "Demons", a memorable production. (Yes, it includes guest rappers The Gift of Gab, but I'm 53 and I STILL like it, so......)
In a way, I wish I could give it 4.5 stars, because two cuts feel like filler. Still, it's easy to recommend.
cool gospel blues retro supersized wonder Nov 30, 1999
If you like Gospel music and I mean real Gospel music you know what I mean, that Southern Black deep in the roots and heart of christianity seated in that deepest area of faith coming from the soul kind of Gospel music, then you really need to listen to this album, of course if you are into that kind of Gospel then you already know who The Blind Boys of Alabama are. the title track is wonderful in how it takes a fear of the Atom Bomb the way it was to the people in the late 40's and the 50's when people were building fallout shelters in their yards and schools started having drills for nuclear blasts and turns it into a worship of god. They also do a cover version of Eric Clapton's "Presence of the lord" that is way cool.
Unlistenable Nov 30, 1999
Not my taste, but not saying others wouldn't like it. To me, the singing sounds like a group of drunken hobos singing around a trashfire.
This CD is in my auto CD player right now! Nov 30, 1999
Even if you aren't into gospel music, you will like this CD. A little Blues, a lot of funk. I have played this cd over and over and will be purchasing more of the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Gospel+Blues+Soul+Funk+Rap+Rock = SPECTACULAR!!! Nov 30, 1999
I listened to this CD at one of those "listening stations" in a record store-- and bought it 15 minutes later! (...even though I had to scrounge in my pockets for my last 13 bucks.) It hasn't been off my rotation since. I'd never heard of these guys before, never really listened to so-called Gospel music before-- honestly, virgin ears. But.... wow! Spectacular.
For those coming from other musical regions (I myself am partial to blues,) or for those who never considered "Gospel" before, I beg you, give this album a try. While this album is broadly defined as "Gospel" there is so much more musically here. There is Gospel, of course, but also a healthy dose of blues (Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica), a hint of funk, a sprinkling of soul, a new interpretation of rock (Clapton, Norman Greenbaum), and one (surprisingly effective) nugget of rap--- all stirred with a soul-nourishing positive vibe, and filtered through the Blind Boys' unique musicality.
This is a very special and magical brew that will bring you up and leave you there, even after the music stops.