Personnel: Clarence Fountain, Rev. Paul Exkano (vocals); George Scott (tenor); Olice Thomas (baritone); Rev. George W. Warren (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Ray Funk.
Recording information: Newark, NJ (04/1948-??/1951); Philadelphia, PA (04/1948-??/1951).
Photographer: Ray Funk.
These first recordings of the legendary gospel quintet feature the Five Blind Boys of Alabama performing a variety of classics, including "What Manner of Man Is This," "What More Can Jesus Do," and "Honey in the Rock," mostly a cappella or with minimal organ or guitar accompaniment. Made at the start of a career that was to stretch well into the 21st century, these early sides display a vitality and simple faith that still sounds emotionally moving decades later.