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If I Had My Way: Early Home Recordings

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If I Had My Way: Early Home Recordings
If I Had My Way: Early Home Recordings


When young John Cohen went to the home of Reverend Gary Davis in early 1953, Cohen could not have known the importance of the recordings he made. These historic recordings of the Reverend predate his seminal albums and feature Davis singing with his wife and another preacher, a rarity among Davis recordings. The 18 tracks provide a window into the world of this blind preacher caught between the blues and the church. Fans of Davis's work will find theese recordings to be a revelation, as a full ten songs were never recorded again and cannot be heard elsewhere.


  1. Name
  2. If I Had My Way
  3. If The Lord Be For You
  4. Twelve Gates to The City
  5. You Got To Move
  6. We Are the Heavenly Father's Children
  7. A Friend Like Lonely Jesus
  8. Get Right Church
  9. Marine Band
  10. Shine On Me
  11. There's Destruction on This Land
  12. He Stole Away
  13. The Uncloudy Day
  14. Say No to The Devil
  15. I Belong to The Band
  16. Give Me A Heart to Love
  17. He Never Has Left Me Alone
  18. Got On My Travelling Shoes
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