The Campbell Brothers

Pass Me Not

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Although the Campbell Brothers are certainly a gospel group and not a secular R&B one, the opening deep soul grooves of "Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Saviour," followed by quasi-psychedelic wafts of sustain, clue you in that this is not your average gospel act. Certainly it's the guitar work, rather than Kate Jackson's serviceable gospel singing, that makes this worthy of attention for gospel fans, and perhaps for some secular blues and soul listeners as well. Some of the cuts employ steel guitar to some of the most eye-popping ends you'll hear in any kind of 1990s music, such as the jump blues-ish "Jump for Joy" and the curling sustain that colors a lot of this disc (sounding at times like a hybrid of the steel guitar and the theremin). The rollicking instrumental numbers tend to show the playing to its best advantage, yet the languid ballad "End of My Journey" has some of the most moving steel passages.

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