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“Blind” Willie Johnson straddled that
spooky border between blues and spirituals. Among musicians, he is considered
one of the greatest slide or bottleneck guitarists, as well as one of the most
revered figures of depression-era gospel music. Covered by everyone from Peter,
Paul and Mary to Led Zepelin to Fairport Convention to Bob Dylan to Beck to The
White Stripes, he is one of those almost secret figures who seemingly influence
everything. Ry Coooder’s soundtrack to “Paris, Texas” was conceived
as a distillation of his work and spirit.

Willie Johnson’s life in itself reads like an early
blues, blinded at age seven by his own mother in a fight with his errant
father, living as an itinerant preacher and singer, having to live in the burnt
out ruin of his ramshackle house after a fire, on a wet mattress, which
eventually helped kill him, pneumonia, malarial fever and syphilis being a
powerful combo.

A major figure in the “eerie voiced”
blues genre genre typified by Robert Johnson, Skip James and others, that
sense-of-dread hellhound on my trail atmosphere which makes great movies…Here
is a collection of Blind Willie Johnson’s finest,with his slashing 12
string and scary slide all over them…Blind Willie’s song Dark Was The Night,
Cold Was the Ground was included on the Voyager Golden Record, sent into space
with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. Out there, there may be lifeforms hearing
the unheimlich sound of Blind Willie Johnson. Are you ready for it?

A rich, strange, and wonderful collection of Blind
Willie Johnson’s best! Lovingly packaged with wonderful memorabilia and
detailed notes by our man in the world of I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang,
Mr. Vic Templar! Beautifully remastered in RevOlasonic sound by Joe Foster and
Norman Blake at the secretly-located Studio 3!

A must for ANYONE who likes the magical, eerie and
scary sound of all the people mentioned above…”adapted” by Led Zep,
launched into space, covered by The White Stripes…surely you have to check
out Willie’s scary world of black cat bones and revelators and cold, cold
graves!

Weight 200 kg
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1. I KNOW HIS BLOOD CAN MAKE ME WHOLE
2. JESUS MAKE UP MY DYING BED
3. IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE
4. MOTHER'S CHILDREN HAVE A HARD TIME
5. DARK WAS THE NIGHT - COLD WAS THE GROUND
6. IF I HAD MY WAY I'D BURN THE BUILDING DOWN
7. I'M GONNA RUN TO THE CITY OF REFUGE
8. JESUS IS COMING SOON
9. LORD I JUST CAN'T KEEP FROM CRYING
10. KEEP YOUR LAMP TRIMMED AND BURNING
11. GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE
12. BYE AND BYE I'M GOIN' TO SEE THE KING
13. WHEN THE WAR WAS ON
14. PRAISE GOD I'M SATISFIED
15. GOD MOVES ON THE WATER
16. CAN'T NOBODY HIDE FROM GOD
17. THE RAIN DON'T FALL ON ME*
18. TROUBLE WILL SOON BE OVER
19. THE SOUL OF A MAN
20. EVERYBODY OUGHT TO TREAT A STRANGER RIGHT
21. CHURCH I'M FULLY SAVE TODAY
22. JOHN THE REVELATOR
23. YOU’RE GONNA NEED SOMEBODY ON YOUR BOND

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