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Format: CD
Sku: 60110907
UPC: 074645283524
UPC 14: 00074645283524
Release Date: 4/27/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole ~ Blind Willie Johnson
2. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed ~ Blind Willie Johnson
3. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine ~ Blind Willie Johnson
4. Mother's Children Have A Hard Time ~ Blind Willie Johnson
5. Dark Was The Night - Cold Was The Ground ~ Blind Willie Johnson
6. If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down ~ Blind Willie Johnson
7. I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge ~ Blind Willie Johnson
8. Jesus Is Coming Soon ~ Blind Willie Johnson
9. Lord I Can't Just Keep From Crying ~ Blind Willie Johnson
10. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning ~ Blind Willie Johnson
11. Let Your Light Shine On Me ~ Blind Willie Johnson
12. God Don't Never Change ~ Blind Willie Johnson
13. Bye And Bye I'm Goin' To See The King ~ Blind Willie Johnson
14. Sweeter As The Years Roll By ~ Blind Willie Johnson
Disc 2
Song Title
1. You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond ~ Blind Willie Johnson
2. When The War Was On ~ Blind Willie Johnson
3. Praise God I'm Satisfied ~ Blind Willie Johnson
4. Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There ~ Blind Willie Johnson
5. Take Your Stand ~ Blind Willie Johnson
6. God Moves On The Water ~ Blind Willie Johnson
7. Can't Nobody Hide From God ~ Blind Willie Johnson
8. If It Had Not Been For Jesus ~ Blind Willie Johnson
9. Go To Me With That Land ~ Blind Willie Johnson
10. Rain Don't Fall On Me, The ~ Blind Willie Johnson
11. Trouble Will Soon Be Over ~ Blind Willie Johnson
12. Soul Of A Man, The ~ Blind Willie Johnson
13. Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right ~ Blind Willie Johnson
14. Church, I'm Fully Saved To-Day ~ Blind Willie Johnson
15. John The Revelator ~ Blind Willie Johnson
16. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond ~ Blind Willie Johnson
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Blind Willie Johnson (slide guitar, vocals).
Muze PNote Reissue producers: Lawrence Cohn, Gary Pacheco.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1927 and 1930. Includes liner notes by Samuel Charters.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by David Mitson (Sony Music Studios, Los Angeles, California).
Muze PNote This is part of Columbia/Legacy's Roots N' Blues series.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Artist Overview

An enormously influential gospel bluesman, Blind Willie Johnson played slide guitar with a haunting intensity that rivals Robert Johnson. His brief recording career ended with the onset of the Depression, but he continued performing up until his death from pneumonia in 1945.
Artist Influences
Blind Blake

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Anthology Of American Folk Music
Muze Music Compilations Roots Of The White Stripes
Muze Music Compilations Public Enemies (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are M
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Doors Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations 1950's Gospel Classics
Muze Music Compilations Great Blues Guitarsists:string Dazzle
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/20/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1993
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 52835
Music Label Name Label : Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00074645283524

Professional 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..."

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