The Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama

This Is Gospel: The Best of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama

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A long-running group that has been one of the mainstays of the black gospel tradition since the 1930s, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama are anthologized well by Calvin Records' THIS IS GOSPEL series. Although the current incarnation of the group has edged into the musical mainstream since the 1980s, this 20-track anthology focuses entirely on the more traditional early lineup. The only hint of crossover comes from the sanctified cover of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which their powerful vocal blend turns into a pure hymn.

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Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:28
2
3:21
3
3:32
4
2:52
5
3:20
6
2:52
7
4:14
8
2:34
9
2:37
10
2:26
11
2:24
12
2:39
13
4:30
14
2:46
15
2:26
16
3:44
17
2:09
18
2:36
19
2:54
20
4:24
21
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