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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Aaron Neville's voice has been one of the most distinctive in popular music since the 1960s. He is a natural for the sounds of spiritual music because of its otherworldly quality. This double-disc collection showcases Neville's performances of traditional hymns such as "Ave Maria," "Amazing Grace," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" among others. Other cuts here, some from more modern sources, and some not specifically oriented to gospel though they are more often than not arranged as such great production by Barry Beckett and Art Neville among others lends weight and wisdom to the arrangements. It matters not because ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Aaron Neville's voice has been one of the most distinctive in popular music since the 1960s. He is a natural for the sounds of spiritual music because of its otherworldly quality. This double-disc collection showcases Neville's performances of traditional hymns such as "Ave Maria," "Amazing Grace," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" among others. Other cuts here, some from more modern sources, and some not specifically oriented to gospel though they are more often than not arranged as such great production by Barry Beckett and Art Neville among others lends weight and wisdom to the arrangements. It matters not because Neville's heart is in every track. Whether it's his fairly radical version with melismatic improvisation on Edwin Hawkins Singers "Oh Happy Day," backed by a full-on choir, or his deeply moving "Bridge Over Troubled Water," his understated read of Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" or Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer," the dedication to the material is the same. Likewise, interpretations of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," and "Gotta Serve Somebody," are authoritative and revealing. Neville, whose immense talent hasn't always produced great recordings, delivers on all fronts here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Chordant
  • UPC: 724356098725
  • Catalog Number: 60987
  • Sales rank: 45,552

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aaron Neville Primary Artist, Vocals
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horn, Ensemble
Charles Neville Tenor Saxophone
Phil Perry Background Vocals
Sid Page Violin
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Alvin Chea Background Vocals
Jim Cox Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Steve Ferrone Drums
James Gadson Drums
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
James Harrah Guitar
Jim Horn Saxophone
John Jarvis Piano, Keyboards
Mortonette Jenkins Background Vocals
Sam Levine Tenor Saxophone
Dean Parks Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Patrick Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Wardell Quezergue Conductor
Michael Rhodes Bass, Bass Guitar
Shane Theriot Electric Guitar
David Woodford Trumpet, Saxophone
Monalisa Young Background Vocals
Burt Callahan Violin
Bridgette Fiddmont Background Vocals
Lee Thornberg Horn
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass, Bass Guitar
Blue Miller Acoustic Guitar
Michael Goods Keyboards
Mark Beckett Percussion
James Gadsen Drums
Greg Liesz Guitar
Oskar Ozolinch Violin
Jonathan Gerhardt Cello
Judith Armistead Violin
Anamaria Brandon Vocals
Jacquelyn Gouche Farris Background Vocals
Sandtown Children's Choir Ensemble
Margann Turnipseed Vocals
John Chung Law Violin
Stacy Chamblin Vocals
Lauren Lemmier Viola
Brian McCloud Drums
Greta Hardey Vocals
Burton Callahan Violin
Bridget Fiddmont Background Vocals
Jennifer Kuylen Vocals
Michelle Zeller Vocals
Richard Woehrie Viola
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Aaron Neville Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Art Neville Composer
Ivan Neville Composer, Producer
Paul Simon Composer
Charles Neville Composer
Barry Beckett Producer
Malcolm Burn Composer
Jim Cox Horn Arrangements
Ervin Drake Composer
Edwin Hawkins Arranger
David Farrell Engineer
Irvin Graham Composer
Marty Grebb Composer, Producer
Pete Greene Engineer
Chris Harris Composer
Lee Baxter Hayes Composer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Steve Lindsey Composer, Producer, Engineer
Gary Lux Producer, Engineer
Robby Matthes Composer
Cyril Neville Composer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Wardell Quezergue Arranger, Choir Arrangement
Jimmy Shirl Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Gabe Veltri Engineer
Brock Walsh Composer
Matthew Beckett Computer Editing
Mark Mazzetti Producer
Blue Miller Composer
Willie Green Composer
Eleanor Farjeon Composer
Public Domain Composer
Tony Hall Composer
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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    This is a deep and moving collection - you've never heard Ave Ma

    This is a deep and moving collection - you've never heard Ave Maria or Amazing Grace until you've heard Neville's version. The music ranges far and wide, traditional gospel songs, a bit of Dylan, Seeger, Lennon, etc. Very special collection

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Aaron Neville voice like an angel

    Hi,

    Aaron Neville has one of the most unusual voices. Even if you don't remember his name, you'll remember the voice especially when he sings "Ava Maria." Gospel Roots has a nice mix on it. I think you'll enjoy his southern style. Another voice that is pleasant to the ears. You can relax with this album. I haven't purchase his older albums which I plan to do so in the near future. I see he sings with his brother/s.
    Sincerely, mlsjazzi

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