Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

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The legendary Blind Boys of Alabama put their gospel-blues stamp on 12 holiday treasures with Go Tell It on the Mountain, their first-ever holiday release. This stunning collection offers a double dose of treats, in that it features such special guests as Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Shelby Lynne, Robert Randolph, Chrissie Hynde, and Tom Waits. The BoysSee more details below

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The legendary Blind Boys of Alabama put their gospel-blues stamp on 12 holiday treasures with Go Tell It on the Mountain, their first-ever holiday release. This stunning collection offers a double dose of treats, in that it features such special guests as Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Shelby Lynne, Robert Randolph, Chrissie Hynde, and Tom Waits. The Boys' trademark sound is a natural fit for such beloved holiday spirituals as "Born in Bethlehem" and the title track. But recent years have seen these Grammy winners put a spiritual spin on more contemporary material, and they do so here, largely with great success. Holiday standards like "The Christmas Song," sung with Lynne, and "White Christmas," featuring Les McCann, have an easy, loose feel, while the Harry Connick Jr. composition "I Pray on Christmas" (featuring the legendary Solomon Burke) offers a finger-snapping tempo sure to put a smile on even the grouchiest elf. "Away in a Manger" is transformed into a sultry 12-bar blues that completely turns this traditional carol on its end. Less easily transformed is "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," in which Me'Shell Ndegeocello speaks her lyrics as if roused from a long winter's nap. That aside, Mountain is a monumental holiday treat.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Here we go. Why can't record labels leave well enough alone? Here is the third Five Blind Boys of Alabama record on which the legendary Southern gospel quartet has to have celebrity guests collaborate with them in order to get played on National Public Radio. To make this one seem different than the last two -- and for the record, Higher Ground was a monster album, as the group was backed by Robert Randolph & the Family Band -- this one is a Christmas outing. Here, Solomon Burke lends his talents to "I Pray on Christmas" and Tom Waits on the title track, with Michael Franti stepping in for "The Little Drummer Boy," Chrissie Hynde and Richard Thompson "adding" to the traditional "In the Bleak Midwinter" (which makes sense since Danny Thompson is the bassist on this date). Other guests include Shelby Lynne, Les McCann, Aaron Neville, Robert Randolph and George Clinton (a ridiculous collaboration -- Randolph, a brilliant ambitious musician, doesn't need the fumbling Clinton for anything, especially to play with the Blind Boys), and Me'Shell NdegéOcello. And thank god for Mavis Staples, who adds dimension, depth, and texture to an already glorious sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0884108011423
catalogNumber:
115

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Boys of Alabama   Primary Artist,Vocals
Shelby Lynne   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Clarence Fountain   Vocals,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Solomon Burke   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Aaron Neville   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Tom Waits   Vocals,Guest Appearance
McCann   Piano,Vocals
Bobby Butler   Group Member
George Clinton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Franti   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chrissie Hynde   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Jerome   Drums
Meshell Ndegeocello   Piano,Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Medeski   Hammond Organ
Mavis Staples   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Danny Thompson   Double Bass
Ricke McKinnie   Group Member
Tracie Pierce   Group Member
Joey Williams   Group Member
Tracy Pierce   Group Member
Jimmy Carter   Vocals,Group Member
George Scott   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Harry Connick   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
John Chelew   Arranger,Producer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Erik Flettrich   Engineer
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer,Executive Producer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Henry Onorati   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Steve Sherman   Cover Photo
Chris Goldsmith   Arranger,Executive Producer
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Traditional   Composer
Blind Boys of Alabama   Arranger
Mike Glines   Engineer
James R. Murray   Composer
Warren Latimer   Engineer
Julie Gardner   Engineer

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