Blind Willie Johnson – American Epic: The Best Of - 1928-31 Haunting Blues - Sealed 180 Grm LP
Blind Willie Johnson – American Epic: The Best Of
Third Man Records – TMR-462
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
16 Jun 2017
A1 John The Revelator
A2 It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
A3 If I Had My Way, I'd Tear The Building Down
A4 God Moves On The Water
A5 The Soul Of A Man
A6 I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
A7 Church, I’m Fully Saved Today
A8 Let Your Light Shine On Me
B1 Mother's Children Have A Hard Time
B2 Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying
B3 Trouble Will Soon Be Over
B4 Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
B5 Bye And Bye I’M Goin’ To See The King
B6 Praise God I'm Satisfied
B7 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
B8 Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Columbia Records
Copyright (c) – Third Man Records, LLC
Copyright (c) – Lo-Max Records Ltd.
Licensed To – Third Man Records, LLC
Engineered At – Endpoint Audio Labs, Inc.
Mastered At – Audio Mechanics
Lacquer Cut At – Nashville Record Productions
Pressed By – Third Man Pressing
Art Direction – Nathanio Strimpopulos
Compiled By [Album Compiler], Editor [Album Editor] – Bernard MacMahon
Executive-Producer – Jack White (2), Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett*
Lacquer Cut By – WG*
Mastered By – Duke Erikson, Ellis Burman, John Polito, John Tefteller, Nicholas Berg*, Peter Henderson
Producer [Album Producers] – Adam Block, Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson,Peter Henderson
Producer [Associate Producer] – Jack McLean, Patrick Ferris
Remastered By [Audio Restoration and Remastering] – Duke Erikson, John Tefteller, Nicholas Berg*,Peter Henderson
Transferred By [78 RPM Transfers By] – Nicholas Berg*
Vocals – Willie B Richardson (tracks: A1, A5, A7, B2, B3, B6, B7)
Vocals, Guitar – Blind Willie Johnson
Single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish, with black poly-lined inner sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 8 13547 02430 5
Matrix / Runout (Etched, Runout Side A): TMR-462-A LYE WG/NRP [TMP encircled]
Matrix / Runout (Etched, Runout Side B): TMR-462-B JOINED BLOWN IN HILLS [TMP encircled] WG/NRP
Blind Willie Johnson is different. You can actually detect his regret,his anguish, and his utmost yearning for salvation in hissandpaper-like voice, his superb slide-guitar playing and his songwriting. All the songs on this LP are great.
Many of the songs taken up and popularized by Johnson's contemporaries and successors were written by him, and they're all here: "John the Revelator," "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed," "If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down," "Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying," "It's Nobody's Fault but Mine," and of course "Dark Was the Night--Cold Was the Ground." Dark Was the Night is a worthy introduction to this seminal artist's work.
That said, if you have never heard this music before, be sure to prepare yourself, because the spiritual force and gravity of this music may leave you exhausted and perhaps even frightened. Johnson's voice is one of the most unique and haunting instruments to have ever been recorded. The man's singing bespeaks experiences and a life lived that is almost too painful to contemplate. The lyrics of these songs are almost transcendentally poetic...the religious imagery is used to ask the most fundamental of philosophical questions. The female accompaniment of these songs only makes them a more poignant commentary on the human condition. Johnson's guitar work is similar in nature. In combination, this music is about as raw and emotive as human musical production can get. I think Wim Wenders is correct when he says that this music will teach you more about the American experience than just any history book. And Ry Cooder is surely right in his observations about this music.
These songs strip it and you bare; you simply have no place to hide. You will get ripped to shreds, ponder the nature of existence, and then eventually get "healed" as John Lee Hooker famously sang not too long ago. This is "deep" blues, about as deep as the blues and gospel can get.
Blind Willie Johnson was born in 1897 near Brenham, Texas (before the discovery of his death certificate, Temple, Texas had been suggested as his birthplace). When he was five, he told his father he wanted to be a preacher, and then made himself a cigar box guitar. His mother died when he was young and his father remarried soon after her death.
It is thought that Johnson was married twice, first to a woman with the same first name, Willie B Harris, and later to a young singer named Angeline, who was the sister of blues guitarist L.C. Robinson. No marriage certificates have yet been discovered. As Angeline Johnson often sang and performed with him, the first person to attempt to research his biography, Samuel Charters, made the mistake of assuming it was Angeline who had sung on several of Johnson's records. However, later research showed that it was Johnson's first wife.
Johnson was not born blind, and, although it is not known how he lost his sight, Angeline Johnson provided this account to Samuel Charters: She said when Willie was seven his father beat his stepmother after catching her going out with another man. The stepmother then picked up a handful of lye and threw it, not at Willie's father, but into the face of young Willie.
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
A human moan set to a blues hymm...
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Blind Willie Johnson - Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
Can you imagine how astonished Blind Willie Johnson would be to learn that 50+ years after his death, tens of thousands of people, all over the world, were streaming his music through YouTube. In the 30s, he would play in ragged clothing, in the streets and stations, for anybody who would listen. Now his music is immortal, helping endless generations of folks dealing with life's sorrow.
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Blind Willie Johnson - Soul Of A Man
this must be the most beautiful and deep blues song ever recorded. Skip james also be a contender.
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|Format||LP, 180 Gram|