A collection of live and studio tracks from the vaults of HOB Records, I Saw the Light features the booming lead voices of Clarence Fountain and Louis Dicks as the group roars through 15 standards in trademark Five Blind Boys of Alabama hard gospel style. Only the twist of a lyric away from being straight secular soul, the group does a live version here of its 1950s gospel hit, "I Can See Everybody's Mother," and deliver a breakneck, foot-stomping take on Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light." Listeners looking for a historical retrospective of the group's 50-year career should probably pass this one by, but for a straight-ahead set of deep soul gospel, with no frills or fills, look no further.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett