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The Soul Of A Man [Original recording remastered]

Blind Willie Johnson Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Complete Blues
  • ASIN: B0001BYLCQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning 3:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond 3:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. God Moves On the Water 3:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jesus Is Coming Soon 3:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. John the Revelator 3:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground 3:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Trouble Will Soon Be Over 3:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Let Your Light Shine On Me 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Soul of a Man 3:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Praise God I'm Satisfied (Johnson) 3:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge 3:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Can't Nobody Hide from God 3:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time 3:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole 3:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Rain Don't Fall On Me 3:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sweeter As the Years Roll By 2:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Bye and Bye I'm Going to See the King 2:540.89  Buy MP3 

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Twenty haunting spiritual blues songs recorded by the Mississippi slide guitar player cut in Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta between 1927 and 1930 .These tracks, including ' Dark was the Night' and ' It's Nobody's Fault but Mine' provided the inspiration for the Wim Wenders film, 'The Soul of a Man'. With informative notes and session details this set is part of the Complete Blues series, described by Uncut magazine as ' a dazzling, comprehensive story of the blues...the most user-friendly compendium on the market'.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Johnson 1 Mar 2009
By hunger
Format:Audio CD
Soul of a Man
If you are new to blues music, listen to this.
If you are an experienced listener, listen to this.
I believe "Dark was the night cold was on the ground" was put on a disc by NASA and sent out into the cosmos. If those in the know feel that this music is a fitting way to represent man to any alien life forms surely the least you can do is buy this CD. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Be warned though the intensity of "You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond" can cause grown men to weep.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Music! 15 May 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A fantastic CD full of haunting tunes and wonderful vocals. My other half and I like nothing better than to put this on of an evening. This is the blues as it should be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXEMPLARY SPIRITUAL BLUES - PAINED & HONEST 21 Dec 2010
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Blind Willie Johnson's life started and ended in tragic circumstances. Blinded when a young boy in an incident in which his stepmother threw lye (a corrosive alkaline substance) into his eyes as a result of catching his father with another woman. And dying in 1947 aged only 45, from pneumonia as a consequence of lying destitute in the ashes of his home in Beaumont, Texas for several days following its burning down, having been refused a hospital bed because he was blind.

His voice sounded like a man possessed and his guitar playing that was nothing short of sensational miraculous, often juxtaposing his singing as he plays beautiful fluid melodies on the higher register as his voice howls over the top, almost as if to contrast heaven with hell.

It is not a happy genre of music on this recording but it is crammed full of gutsy, earthy, gravelly spiritual blues sounds, among which I particularly liked "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning", "Dark Was The Night", "Let Your Light Shine On Me", and "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine".

A haunting but most enjoyable listening experience.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 8 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
This man sings from the depths of his soul. The duets with his wife and the slide guitar on this album are sublime. Eric Clapton said 'Dark was the night...' was the best slide guitar he'd ever heard.

Willie's confidence in Jesus Christ his saviour saturate this CD making this truely timeless music.
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