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Guadalcanal Diary’s souped up cover of the traditional “Kum-Ba-Yah” is probably the most fun you’ll ever have listening to the song. Attaway plays the vocal seriously and, believe it or not, the band enhances the song through some amazing playing.
Whats really fascinating about the song is how producer Don Dixon and the band play with dynamics. Its starts very soft and then becomes really loud. Indeed, sometimes its soft and loud in the same line. Try adjusting your headphones to that!
When I saw them perform at the Danbury Hilton, singing along with this as their closer was the hit of the night. You don’t have to have any religious leanings at all to enjoy it. You can imagine its ironic if you want (I don’t think it is) or you can enjoy singing a religious song. Whatever – its a great version of this traditional tune.
This is an appropriate end to Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man. Moving on to their second album, Jamboree, next.