Joseph Spence: The Complete Folkways Recordings, 1958
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||Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer||Joseph Spence||6:15||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||There Will Be a Happy Meeting In Glory||Joseph Spence||6:09||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Brownskin gal||Joseph Spence||5:18||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||I'm Going to Live That Life||Joseph Spence||6:28||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Face to Face That I Shall Know Him||Joseph Spence||4:30||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Jump In the Line||Joseph Spence||5:41||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Bimini gal||Joseph Spence||6:20||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||The Lord Is My Shepherd||Joseph Spence||5:47||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Glory, Glory When I Lay My Burden Down||Joseph Spence||4:48||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
These recordings of Joseph Spence, made by Samuel Charters in 1958, display one of the most inventive guitar styles ever put to tape. Spence improvised on traditional tunes in a manner comparable to African-Americans Elizabeth Cotten and Mississippi Fred McDowell, like them adding rhythmic and melodic accents and changes in unexpected ways. In addition to his guitar work, he possessed an unparalleled vocal style. The closest match is the deep-voiced blues singer Howlin' Wolf. Charters met Joseph Spence, who was well-known to people on the island of Andros in the Bahamas, somewhat unintentionally while looking for Bahamian folk music. The recordings were made with field equipment, and the sound quality reflects this. As with all field recordings, this is a blessing and a curse. The lack of a studio preserves the "authenticity" of the folk sound, while the vocals on some tracks end up too low in the mix, thus de-emphasizing one of the most interesting aspects of the music. Nonetheless, the songs on this collection are intriguing and novel, even to the seasoned folk music listener. Spence's complexity of guitar work and uniqueness of vocal style are an unmatched combination.
Born: August, 1910 in Andros, Bahama
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s