The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – Deep River (1992) {Elektra Nonesuch 9 61441-2}

The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - Deep River (1992) {Elektra Nonesuch 9 61441-2}

The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – Deep River (1992) {Elektra Nonesuch 9 61441-2}
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Gospel / Black Gospel / Soul / Blues / Southern Gospel / Contemporary Gospel

On their umpteenth release, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama mix some modern blues and R&B into their core gospel sound. The rhythm section, led by the organ of the legendary Booker T. Jones, keeps the accompaniment simple as the group soars through some traditional material (“Closer Walk with Thee,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit, “), a few originals by lead vocalist Clarence Fountain, and a transcendent version of Bob Dylan’s “I Believe in You.”

1992’s “Deep River” was a watershed of sorts for the Blind Boys; the support of a major label, terrific keyboards and production from legendary Stax sessionman Booker T. Jones, fine bass playing from James Jamerson Jr. (yes, son of the famed Motown session bassist of the ’60s), and top-drawer material from Bob Dylan and others. At the end of the day, though, it’s the Blind Boys themselves who deliver the goods, making “Deep River” one of the finest gospel albums of the ’90s. Make no mistake–this isn’t contemporary Christian pop in any way, shape, or form. “Deep River” is hardcore southern gospel of the old school: lots of shoutin’, lots of testifyin’, an in-the-pocket rhythm section, those deep, soulful harmonies, and the unbelievable power of lead vocalist Clarence Fountain; imitated by many and matched by none. I’ve had the album since it was released and it’s one a short list of albums that I always reach for when I’m down, particular favorites being “God Said It,” “Down On Bended Knee,” “I’m Getting Better All the Time,” and the version of that old staple “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” From start to finish “Deep River” will move the feet and feed the soul of even the most hardened agnostic.

The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – Deep River (1992) {Elektra Nonesuch 9 61441-2}