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Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama
There Will Be A Light
Virgin Records

Ben Harper has an eclectic body of work and has dabbled in blues, alternative folk and 20's jazz. Harper expands his musical aspirations as he sinks his teeth into unadulterated gospel with the Blind Boys of Alabama. Ben Harper and the Blind Boys have had an evolving history. After touring Europe with the legendary group he was a participant on their breakthrough disc Higher Ground. There Will Be A Light began as a rehearsal collaboration record for the Blind Boys. The result is an astonishingly well crafted gospel montage with a large amount of original material penned by Harper specifically for the disc. Musically, the record touches on rock, soul, country blues and even some contemporary textures.

This is truly partnership rather than a Ben Harper solo record. "Satisfied Mind" features The Blind Boys and Ben sharing lead vocal duties. Harper takes control minus the Boys on the 70's slow groove "Where Could I Go", reminiscent of such greats as Curtis Mayfield and Al Green. "11th Commandment" serves as an acoustic prelude to a cover of the O'Keefe/Dylan spiritual exaltation "Well, Well, Well". The classic harmonies of the five Blind Boys take center stage on the acapella "Mother Pray". The disc ends with some hand clapping church gospel with "Church On Time".

There Will Be A Light is an uplifting and poignant collection. It comes as no surprise that the merger of these great artists got three Grammy nominations.

-Tony Engelhart

Track Listing:

1. Take My Hand
2. Wicked Man
3. Where Could I Go
4. Church House Steps
5. 11th Commandment
6. Well, Well, Well
7. Picture Of Jesus
8. Satisfied Mind
9. Mother Pray
10. There Will Be A Light
11. Church On Time

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