With three Grammy Awards in three years, the Blind Boys of Alabama have reached a pinnacle of recognition long-denied them during their 60-plus-year career (which has spawned just as many albums).

With three Grammy Awards in three years, the Blind Boys of Alabama have reached a pinnacle of recognition long-denied them during their 60-plus-year career (which has spawned just as many albums). Now, the fields are fertile for obscure Blind Boys reissues: Witness this 1982 set cut for Peace International, the gospel imprint of Philadelphia International's soul greats Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. While the formula of pairing the Boys' definitive gospel vocals with younger instrumentalists has proven captivating on recent efforts by the group, this reissue, with only a few exceptions, is an experiment that simply didn't gel. Although constitutionally incapable of singing anything poorly, the Boys were hopelessly saddled with tired disco rhythms, busy horn sections and strings in an apparent attempt to modernize them. In this case, modernization failed.—GE