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Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Heavenly

Audio CD

Disk ID: 785980

Disk length: 59m 55s (13 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1997

Label: Unknown

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Tracks & Durations

1. Yitho Umlilo Ovuthayo 3:50
2. Knockin' on Heaven's Door 5:43
3. Oh Happy Day 5:44
4. People Get Ready 5:56
5. Take My Hand, Precious Lord 5:07
6. Sohlabelelu Hosana 4:09
7. I'll Take You There 6:41
8. Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain 3:09
9. River of Dreams 5:31
10. Jesus is My Leader 3:10
11. Chain Gang 3:53
12. He Showed Me His Hands 2:54
13. Ilungelo Ngelakho 3:58

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Heavenly is an interesting concept gone wrong. Ladysmith Black Mambazo are South Africa's best-known gospel group, the singers who brought the mbube style of the country to the world via Paul Simon's Graceland. So it was not a bizarre idea to make a recording of well-known "gospel" songs with other American singers and musicians. It's all in the presentation, and the presentation here is pretty out there. Lou Rawls walks through Sam Cook's "Chain Gang." Dolly Parton leads them in a high-pitched, maudlin version of Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door." A cadre of tunes from the pop gospel pantheon like "Oh Happy Day" and "People Get Ready" get similar treatments. The opening track shows what great singers they are, but the rest of the album hardly showcases this talent. Get one of their "Best of" albums instead. --Louis Gibson

Other Versions

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Tracks: 13, Disk length: 59m 41s (-1m 46s)


Tracks: 13, Disk length: 1h 1m 22s (+1m 27s)


Tracks: 14 (+1 tracks), Disk length: 1h 4m 32s (+4m 37s)

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