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All Music Guide - J. Poet
The Lee Boys come from Miami, where they grew up in the Pentecostal House of God church that gave birth to the sacred steel tradition. Pedal steel guitar takes center stage in this family band's arrangements, but the style of playing owes very little to country steel or even Hawaiian slide guitar, the traditions that gave birth to the steel guitar. When combined with the fierce lead vocals of Derrick and Keith Lee, and the sanctified backing voices of guitarist Alvin Lee and bass player Alvin Cordy, Jr., you have music that'll have even non-believers hollering "Amen!" Testify opens on a deceptively sedate note with "Smile," a celebration of staying positive in the face of ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
The Lee Boys come from Miami, where they grew up in the Pentecostal House of God church that gave birth to the sacred steel tradition. Pedal steel guitar takes center stage in this family band's arrangements, but the style of playing owes very little to country steel or even Hawaiian slide guitar, the traditions that gave birth to the steel guitar. When combined with the fierce lead vocals of Derrick and Keith Lee, and the sanctified backing voices of guitarist Alvin Lee and bass player Alvin Cordy, Jr., you have music that'll have even non-believers hollering "Amen!" Testify opens on a deceptively sedate note with "Smile," a celebration of staying positive in the face of trouble. It suggests the early songs of Stevie Wonder; Roosevelt Collier's steel purrs like a kitten, but you can sense the lion lurking just under the surface. The group takes off on "Going to Glory" and doesn't let up for the next six tracks, with blistering steel and the rhythm section of Cordy's bass and Earl Walker's drum driving the band's powerful vocals. On the traditional "I'm Not Tired," a variation of "Motherless Children," they bring in some New Orleans funk; "Always by My Side" and the title track are straightforward R&B-fueled funk. Collier's steel is powerful throughout, growling like a wrathful avenging spirit and soaring like a soul set free from the confines of this sinful earthly existence. The album closes with four meditative tunes: "Wade in the Water" is a slow-burning number that plays guest Gia Wyre's lead vocal off Alvin Lee's stinging lead guitar; "Praise You" suggests the funk of Earth, Wind and Fire; "Feel the Music" rides a quiet R&B groove and gives Collier a chance to lay out before things wrap up with "We Need to Hear from You," an AndraƩ Crouch tune taken at a slow, soulful pace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2012
  • Label: Evil Teen Records
  • UPC: 651751121126
  • Catalog Number: 1211
  • Sales rank: 57,384

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smile (4:32)
  2. 2 Going To Glory (3:48)
  3. 3 I'm Not Tired (5:45)
  4. 4 So Much To Live For (4:53)
  5. 5 Always By My Side (5:14)
  6. 6 Testify (5:54)
  7. 7 Sinnerman (6:30)
  8. 8 Wade In The Water (6:06)
  9. 9 Praise You (4:26)
  10. 10 Feel The Music (6:18)
  11. 11 We Need To Hear From You (5:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Lee Boys Primary Artist
Alvin Lee Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Warren Haynes Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Brian Graber Trumpet
Jimmy Herring Guitar, Guest Appearance
Derrick Lee Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mark Mullins Trombone
Barney Floyd Trumpet
Jason Mingledorff Tenor Saxophone
Gia Wyre Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Keith Lee Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Matt Grondin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Soloist
Emanuel Roosevelt Collier Pedal Steel Guitar, Group Member
Alvin Cordy Jr. Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Nate Werth Percussion
Matt Slocum Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Earl Walker Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Alvin Lee Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer
Derrick Lee Composer, Vocal Group
Mark Mullins Horn Arrangements
Glenn Lee Composer
Gia Wyre Vocal Group
Traditional Composer
Keith Lee Composer, Vocal Group
The Lee Boys Arranger
Matt Grondin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steve Berson Mastering
Emanuel Roosevelt Collier Arranger
Jonathan Walker Vocal Group
Alvin Cordy Jr. Arranger, Composer
Andre Crouch Composer
LaTonya Bethune Vocal Group
Glenesa Lee Vocal Group
Earl Walker Arranger
Aaron Marable Art Direction
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