Blind Joe Taggart - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol 2 1929-1934

Published Wednesday 20th September 2006
Blind Joe Taggart - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol 2 1929-1934
Blind Joe Taggart - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol 2 1929-1934

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20522-11607
LABEL: Document DOCD5154
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Street singer Blind Joe Taggart was a powerful guitar evangelist and there are some tremendous performances here. "Waded In The Water Trying To Get Home" featured a second guitar from Josh White (then only 14 and who was to grow up to become one of the giants of folk blues), "He Done What The World Couldn't Do" is an emotionally charged version of a song usually known as "Lord, He Sure is Good To Me" and "In That Pearly White City Above" offers some novel guitar work from Taggart. As well as these and other gospel tracks dubbed from hugely rare Paramount 78s there are also three secular recordings made by Six Cylinder Smith, who is believed to be Taggart. And if that wasn't enough, this album also features four recordings made by Blind Gussie Nesbitt (1930-1935). Nesbitt's "Motherless Children" has the singer approximating the wonderful false bass vocalising of Blind Willie Johnson. Finally, there are five recordings by Rev Edward W Clayborn whose rich voice and tasty bottleneck guitar should have gained more than the obscurity history rewarded him.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Oh Oh Lonesome Blues [Listen]
2. Pennsylvania Woman Blues [Take 1 - Test] [Listen]
3. Pennsylvania Woman Blues [Take 2] [Listen]
4. Wonder Will My Trouble Then Be Over [Listen]
5. Strange Things Happening In The Land [Listen]
6. Waded In The Water Trying To Get Home [Listen]
7. He Done What The World Couldn't Do [Take 2] [Listen]
8. He Done What The World Couldn't Do [Take 3] [Listen]
9. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down [Listen]
10. I Ain't No Sinner Now [Listen]
11. Pressin' Up That Sunny Way [Listen]
12. In That Pearly White City Above [Listen]
13. I Wonder Will My Mother Be On That Train- [Listen]
14. God's Gonna Seperate The Wheat From The Tares [Listen]
15. When I Stand Before The King [Listen]
16. I Ain't No Sinner Now [Listen]
17. Blind Gussie Nesbitt - Pure Religion [Listen]
18. Blind Gussie Nesbitt - Canaan Land [Listen]
19. Blind Gussie Nesbitt - Motherless Children [Listen]
20. Blind Gussie Nesbitt - I'll Just Stand And Wring My Hands And Cry [Listen]
21. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - Your True Friends [Listen]
22. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - Come And Go With Me To My Father's House [Listen]
23. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - When I Lay My Burden Down [Listen]
24. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - Where Shall I Be (When The First Trumpet Sounds) [Alternate Take] [Listen]
25. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - There'll Be Glory [Listen]

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