Taking tracks off of their own albums and other projects, The Blind Boys of Alabama hit another career high with the entertaining disc Duets.
Beginning the release with a collaboration with Ben Harper, the Blind Boys delve into the gospel rhythms of "Take My Hand." Susan Tedeschi delivers one of her best recorded performances to date on "Magnificent Sanctuary Band." Harp genius Charlie Musselwhite brings dark gravity to the tale behind bars material on "I Had Trouble." And, Bonnie Raitt and the Blind Boys explore transcendental themes on the Richard Thompson-penned "When the Spell is Broken."
But, it is the last part of Duets that is so transfixing. Lou Reed is, well, Lou Reed; he outdoes even the Blind Boys of Alabama on the stellar track "Jesus." Marva Wright takes everyone straight to church on "How I Got Over," and Asleep at the Wheel adds buoyancy and bounce to the delightful "The Devil Ain’t Lazy."
One of the best albums of their illustrious career, Duets is a goldmine for the ages.
Duets is out now on Time Life Entertainment.