Atom Bomb - The Blind Boys Of Alabama

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Jubilee got its start in the 1930’s when black vocal quartets began to spring up on college campuses around the southern United States, and, The Blind Boys have kept the spirit of jubilee fresh and alive for sixty-six years running .Atom Bomb, the latest release by The Blind Boys of Alabama is ‘da bomb’ indeed. Sadly, it’s the last album to feature the wailing tenor of George Scott who’s ‘gone up to the spirit in the sky’, passing away in his sleep at age, 75 in March of 2005. But the disc is a fitting tribute to George and offers their most pioneering, praise-worthy exploration of jubilee gospel to date.Atom Bomb features musical contributions from guitarist, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, blues harp master, Charlie Musselwhite and it even melds gospel and rap with The Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious blessing the mic on one outstanding track. But the boys truly shine when their time-honored harmonies are given free reign. Conviction never comes into question from word one, when the album opens with the almost acapella, 'Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb'. Those who choose to duck and cover will miss out on the rapture of one of the Blind Boys' best recordings to date.