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The Rough Guide to Holy Blues

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The Rough Guide to Holy Blues
The Rough Guide to Holy Blues


This is a must-have album for blues and guitar enthusiasts. Includes many lesser known gems by artists shrouded in mystery. Lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques, the album brings to the fore hidden masterpieces that need to be heard.

A musical exploration of the close ties between gospel music and the blues. It highlights how the huge musical influence of the church had a profound impact on the blues.

The album includes tracks by many blues legends including Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Mississippi John Hurt, and features the legendary guitar evangelists Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis.

A particular highlight is Blind Willie and Kate McTell's classic duet "God Don't Like It', which warns us about hypocritical preachers, and like all the featured tracks goes to prove how blues and gospel, at once close relatives and mutual enemies, are above all musically complementary.


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  2. Reverend Gary Davis - The Angels Message To Me
  3. Blind Willie Johnson - Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
  4. Bukka White - I Am In The Heavenly Way
  5. Skip James - Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
  6. Blind Roosevelt Graves And Brother - Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)
  7. Blind Willie And Kate McTell - God Don't Like It
  8. Mississippi John Hurt - Blessed Be The Name
  9. Blind Joe Taggart - Gods Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares
  10. Blind Lemon Jefferson - He Arose From The Dead
  11. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - This Time Another Year You May Be Gone
  12. Bull City Red - I Saw The Light
  13. Charley Patton And Bertha Lee - Oh Death
  14. Josh White - Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed
  15. Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey In The Rock
  16. Barbecue Bob - Jesus Blood Can Make Me Whole
  17. Blind Willie Davis - I Believe I'll Go Back Home
  18. Mother McCollum - You Can't Hide
  19. Jaybird Coleman - I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan - Some O' These Days
  20. Blind Gussie Nesbit - Pure Religion
  21. Louis Washington - Run Sinner Run
  22. Blind Boy Fuller - Precious Lord
  23. Eddie Head And His Family - Lord I'm The True
  24. Lil McClintock - Sow Good Seeds
  25. Sam Collins - I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart
  26. Washington Phillips - Denomination Blues - Parts 1 & 2
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