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Album Review

Released around the same time in 2006 as the acclaimed documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, this 21-track compilation features many of the troubled singer/songwriter's finest compositions. A well-regarded outsider artist who has struggled with mental illness, Johnston is responsible for an impressive number of lo-fi classics that channel pop culture through his own quirky sensibility, many of which are presented here, including "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Speeding Motorcycle," and "Sorry Entertainer." Johnston's high-pitched voice is matched to melodies and lyrics that are remarkably lovely and affecting, making this a rewarding collection. (Note: Many of the songs featured on Welcome to My World are also available on the second disc of The Late Great Daniel Johnson: Discovered Covered, with the first disc consisting of renditions by high-profile alternative rock acts such as the Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, and Beck.)

Customer Reviews

Genius is Pain

This album is incredible. If you're basing on whether to spend $9.99 or not on this based on my review, just click the Buy button. Ok? Daniel Johnston needs to be unleashed to the world, and that starts by you spreading the word. Listen. Listen and learn. It's difficult for me to put into a review on how powerful this album and artist truly is. Inspirational to say the least. Prophetic.


After watching "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" i had to have this album. The sound quality on this is about as good as you are going to get for Daniel Johnston. I would definetly recommend this album, But be warned its not for everyone.

The Genius And Daniel Johnston

Agreed. Anybody who has seen the documentary about Daniel Johnston will identify the charm and genius of his songwriting and performing. This album can easily be considered the soundtrack to the film. Great stuff— Thank you Daniel.


Born: January 22, 1961 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As with other talented but troubled artists such as Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, and Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston fights a daily battle with the chronic mental illness that has plagued him nearly his entire life. However, despite recurrent bouts of delusional behavior wherein he has physically endangered himself and others, Johnston has carved out a respectable, influential career as a singer/songwriter of extraordinary talent who has grown since his first crudely recorded cassette was released in...
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