Slim and the Supreme Angels
If you know Howard Hunt (aka Slim) and his Gospel
sound —and if you’re a quartet enthusiast, you know them well—
then you’ve been waiting a while for this live
project.Producers: Howard Hunt, Jerry Peters, James Bullard
album release date: April 18, 2000
Recorded in Danville, Virginia in the summer of 1999, Slim and the
Supreme Angels offer up more of the stuff that has
made them legends: tight musicianship from expert
musicians, beautiful song-writing by Hunt, and all the
diverse toppings that go hand in hand with quartet
projects are on this disc from MCG Records.
While it's hard to pick one Angel over another, it's not hard to single out
Robert “Sugar” Hightower. Wearing a groove into the metal
with his rousing guitar
work, he's a legend in his own right. On “Saved and Sanctified”, the truth is thumped into
pocket, with Sugar taking over from vocals mid-track,
delivering riff after riff of hard-nosed, six-string
On vocals, the Supreme Angels demonstrate again that their
extreme moniker is no exaggeration.
Slow ballads in particular showcase their gift for
honey-dipped vocals. Take your pick of “Give Me Flowers” or
the gorgeous double-track story/song and title cut, “Blind
Hunt’s distinctively nasal-patterned tones carry the
day on a couple of cuts. In particular, the album-ending
“I Trust in God (Altar Call)” hits heavy, as he pours out his
simple and powerful testimony. The remake of "Stay Under The Blood"
can't be left unheralded either.
My personal favorite would have to be "He's The Way", as it wraps up all the
best elements of the Supremes into one package: great lyrics, traditional groove and
catchy melody while showcasing group and lead vocals.
In an era in Gospel where head-nod inducing urban jams
take prominence, rest assured
that traditional grooves can still get that nod going in a hurry too. Slim and
the Supreme Angels certainly do that on Blind Man.
review by Stan North—
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