The debut studio album from Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Unclassified resurrects the spiritual fervor of gospel, gutbucket soul of the blues, earthy power of R&B and raucous energy of rock. Led by pedal steel guitarist Randolph, who has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix, RRFB was named Best New Artist at the recent W.C. Handy Blues Awards and New Groove of the Year at the Jammy Awards. With Unclassified, the secret is out. Is this a big-tent revival? A funky throwdown? A jam-band juggernaut? Unclassified is all that, and so much more. The story of Robert Randolph is Hollywood-issue: kid from the gritty Jersey streets is saved from the bad life by playing steel guitar in a House of God Church. Of course, it wouldn't mean a thing if the guy couldn't play, but he can really tear it up. By updating the sacred-steel tradition with heavy doses of blues, funk, and rock, he's not only emerged with his own sound, but he's brought the music full circle, returning those pop-music styles to their gospel roots. The disc reaches some terrific heights from the very start with a fiery trio of opening songs: "Going in the Right Direction," "I Need More Love," and "Nobody" are joyous, uplifting romps brimming with the fervor of gospel music. Four instrumentals show the breadth of the sound, from the country-tinged "Squeeze" to the modal and slightly spaced-out "Calypso" to the scorching gospel-infused closer "Run for Your Life." A couple of the slower tunes impede the album's momentum, but at its best Unclassified comes awfully close to capturing the intensity of the Family Band's live shows--which is no small feat indeed. --Marc Greilsamer
Manufacturer: Spring Hill
Brand: Capitol Christian Distribution
Anthony Burger was a piano virtuoso with an incomparable style of playing, who commanded a stage with his keyboard acrobatics. A much beloved member of the Gaither Homecoming Family for more than a decade, Anthony Burger was also a celebrated solo performer and recording artist. His untimely death in 2005 left a profound void. The Burger Estate, in conjunction with Spring Hill Music Group, is releasing a new CD, The Hymns Collection, featuring the renowned keyboardist playing such timeless classics as ?Old Rugged Cross,? ?What A Friend We Have in Jesus,? ?Sweet Hour of Prayer,? ?Softly and Tenderly? and more. Anthony Burger may no longer be thrilling Homecoming audiences, but his legacy lives on through his astounding talent for playing music.
Delightful instrumentals of some of your favorite traditional hymns for prayer, meditation and listening enjoyment. Stan's sonic arrangements combine contemporary electronic sounds with what has been called "high church." These selections may be used for preludes, offertories and incidental music in church services.This product is manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
The Graceland McCullough Tigers grew out of a unique tradition of religious worship in the Carolinas known as "trombone shout bands," in which the main musical focus was a mass of 10 trombones jubilantly swaying & swinging, playing away with blissful spiritual abandon. Here they present a powerful live recording, featuring Horace Brown Jr. & the Dirty Dozen Brass band.