Blind Willie Johnson The Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  CBS 52835

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 9/2/93, p.64
"...adds no new discoveries to his discography, but it boasts clearer sound than the Yazoo reissues..."
Q - 9/93, p.96
4 Stars - Excellent - "...[THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS] are as crude as you'd expect...nonetheless, the intensity and strangeness of 'Dark Was The Night' suggests [Blind Willie Johnson] belongs among the heavy hitters..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
  • Buy for $0.992.Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
  • Buy for $0.993.It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
  • Buy for $0.994.Mother's Children Have A Hard Time
  • Buy for $0.995.Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
  • Buy for $0.996.If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down
  • Buy for $0.997.I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge
  • Buy for $0.998.Jesus Is Coming Soon
  • Buy for $0.999.Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
  • Buy for $0.9910.Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
  • Buy for $0.9911.Let Your Light Shine On Me
  • Buy for $0.9912.God Don't Never Change
  • Buy for $0.9913.Bye Bye I'm Going To See The King
  • Buy for $0.9914.Sweeter As The Years Roll By

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond
  • Buy for $0.992.When The War Was On
  • Buy for $0.993.Praise God I'm Satisfied
  • Buy for $0.994.Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There
  • Buy for $0.695.Take Your Stand
  • Buy for $0.996.God Moves On The Water
  • Buy for $0.997.Can't Nobody Hide From God
  • Buy for $0.998.If It Had Not Been For Jesus
  • Buy for $0.999.Go To Me With That Land
  • Buy for $0.9910.The Rain Don't Fall On Me
  • Buy for $0.9911.Trouble Will Soon Be Over
  • Buy for $0.9912.The Soul Of A Man
  • Buy for $0.9913.Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right
  • Buy for $0.9914.Church, I'm Fully Saved Today
  • Buy for $0.9915.John The Revelator
  • Buy for $0.9916.You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Blind Willie Johnson (slide guitar, vocals).
Reissue producers: Lawrence Cohn, Gary Pacheco.
Recorded between 1927 and 1930. Includes liner notes by Samuel Charters.
Digitally remastered by David Mitson (Sony Music Studios, Los Angeles, California).
This is part of Columbia/Legacy's Roots N' Blues series.
A bottleneck guitarist of consummate skill, Blind Willie Johnson was a traveling evangelist who preached the gospel by playing and singing such message-heavy tunes as "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole," and "If It Had Not Been for Jesus." But there is not a whit of squeaky-clean, Sunday-morning sweetness to Johnson's music. Overwhelmingly intense, Johnson's performances are all open wounds and raw nerves. THE COMPLETE collects everything the artist ever recorded, and makes a case for Johnson as one of the most passionate, affecting bluesmen of all time.
It is Johnson's singing that truly startles. A gruff yet finely nuanced bass, Johnson sings with a voice that could grind glass, wrenching out spiritually committed messages in a manner both primal and sublime. Johnson also displays great variety, be it the stark, understated intensity of "Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground" (where he wordlessly vocalizes in a hush over ghostly riffs) or the full-tilt prophetic perfection of "John the Revelator" (a duet with Willie Harris). THE COMPLETE BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON is an utterly essential set of the most hair-raising gospel blues ever put to tape. Be prepared.
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  • Sales Rank: 65,274
  • UPC: 074645283524
  • Shipping Weight: 0.37/lbs (approx)
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