Joseph Spence The Spring of Sixty-Five
- Released: March 31, 1992
- Label: Rounder Select
Option - Sept.-Oct./92, p.129"..The interplay of the voices and Spence's guitar is unlike anything I've heard in American gospel music (or anywhere else)...devotees of real folk music will be fascinated by these distinctive, moving songs.."
Musician - 8/92, p.93"..considerably toned down from the freewheeling Folkways soloist...has a powerful charm of its own.."
- 1.Out on the Rolling Sea
- 2.Victory Is Coming
- 3.Harcourt Drowned
- 4.I Bid You Goodnight
- 5.Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
- 6.If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
- 7.Living on the Hallelujah Side
- 8.No Grave to Hold God's Body Down
- 9.The Crow
- 10.Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There
- 11.Troublesome Water
- 12.Live the Life I Sing About in My Song
- 13.When Jesus Calls Again
Personnel: Joseph Spence (vocals, guitar); Edith Pinder, Geneva Pinder Raymond Pinder (vocals).
Personnel: Joseph Spence (vocals, guitar); Geneva Pinder (vocals, treble); Raymond Pinder (bass voice).
Liner Note Author: Jody Stecher.
Recording information: Nassau, Bahamas (05/1965-06/1965); New York, NY (05/1965-06/1965).
Photographers: David Gahr; Guy Droussart.
Arrangers: The Pinder Family; Joseph Spence.
These recordings come from two separate occasions. Six tracks were recorded in New York City during Joseph Spence's first tour of the U.S., and prominently feature Spence's guitar and vocals, with harmonies and occasional lead vocals from his sister Edith Pinder. The other seven selections were recorded at the same sessions that yielded the Nonesuch Real Bahamas album, recorded in the backyard of the Pinders, with Spence accompanied by incredible vocals from the Pinder family, Edith, Raymond, and Geneva. Their vocals have the same rough-hewn rightness as Spence's guitar, and the voices intertwine and create spontaneous counterpoint, like some sort of coarse Bahamian vocal Dixieland ensemble. Or, as Jody Stecher says in the liner notes, "When the Pinders sing 'When Jesus Calls Again' they remind me of a big old living pump organ, complete with leaks and squeaks, and completely irresistible." ~ Roundup newsletter
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