Rev. Edward W. Clayborn (1926-1928)
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||Your Enemy Cannot Harm You||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Gospel Train Is Coming||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let That Lie Alone (C-733)||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let That Lie Alone (C-734)||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||There'll Be Glory (C-737)||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Death Is Only a Dream||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let Jesus Lead You||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jesus Will Make It All Right||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bye and Bye When the Morning Comes||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jesus Is Sweeter Than Honey In the Comb||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||With My Saviour I Shall Be||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||O Lord, I'm In Your Care||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Everybody Ought to Treat Their Mother Right||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Then We'll Need That True Religion||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Never Will Know Who Is Your Friend||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In Time of Trouble Jesus Will Never Say Goodbye||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Letter from Father||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||God's Riding Through the Land||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Men Don't Forget Your Wives for Your Sweetheart||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||If My Saviour Holds My Hand I Will Go||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jesus Went On Man's Bond||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Heard the Angels Singing||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||3:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Shall Not Be Moved||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Wrong Way to Celebrate Christmas||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||This Time Another Year You May Be Gone||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Have a Home In the Sky||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Just Beyond the Jordan River||Rev. Edward W. Clayborn||2:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Whereas Blind Joe Taggart was technically the first "guitar evangelist" to cut phonograph records, he only beat Rev. Edward W. Clayborn to the Vocalion recording studio by one month, and on his records, Clayborn was billed as "the Guitar Evangelist". First released in 1994, the Document label's 27-track Clayborn edition demonstrates a much more uniform and strongly focused body of work than Taggart's piecemeal legacy, which is believed to include a small number of worldly blues recordings. The two men sang in a somewhat similar manner, although closer comparisons for Clayborn would be Henry Thomas (on his 1927 "Jonah in the Wilderness") and especially Blind Willie Johnson, although Clayborn applied his slide to the neck of his guitar much more lightly than Johnson. Clayborn's repetitive guitar plucking has been described as "hypnotic," and that word is entirely accurate, for this is an important element in his powerfully transformational art. With the exception of "Death Is Only a Dream," which is a waltz in 3/4 time, his basslines are steady, two-tone alternations which, when listened to in uninterrupted sequence, represent intimate rituals of the most direct and honest sort. Another important parallel exists, and that is with indigenous North American drumming which has more to do with straightforward repetition of tones than with the polyrhythmic traditions of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. As he imparts moral advice and reassuring spiritual observations, Clayborn's gently insistent voice and incessant ostinato accompaniment are a fascinating combination, and impressionable listeners may get won over for keeps by the man's sincerity and the understated power of his mode of expression. It would be foolish and unfair to evaluate these recordings by entertainment-based standards, and any assessment of their true cultural value needs to stem from a respectful awareness of the spirituality and utterly unpretentious human feelings expressed therein. In 2005, JSP wove Clayborn's works throughout the first half of their four-CD box set Blind Willie Johnson & the Guitar Evangelists. That approach makes for good listening, but in a very real way Document's unflinching presentation of 27 consecutive Clayborn recordings may still be the best way to utterly divest oneself of preconceptions about how vintage African-American sacred music is supposed to sound. For those who are willing to meet Clayborn on his own terms, this disc may be richly savored as a mystic oratorio in 27 movements.
i was a sinner 'fore this, and i'll be a sinner after; but the Rev. Clayborn puts me in the graces. if ya listen to blind willie johnson, and other bible totin' bottleneck guitarists...have a listen here. rev. clayborn: a lesser known bottleneck evangelist, god knows why.
Amazing...a must-buy for any acoustic blues fan or Blind Willie Johnson fan!
If you like Blind Willie Johnson but want something with less intense vocals, no female singer, and the slide in Spanish tuning opposed to Vestapol, then Rev. Edward W. Clayborn is your man! This CD is listed as being blues, but I think Mr. Clayborn would be angry to see it not listed as gospel which it purely is. A great disc for a great deal. A must-buy for any acoustic blues fan! I don't know of anybody who's heard of this guy, but that needs to change!!!
Years Active: '20s, '30s