STYLE: Blues RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24-4153 LABEL: Vanguard VCD795882 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
After Peter, Paul & Mary's rendition of "Samson & Delilah" rescued this aged blues gospel man from abject poverty, streams of white folk musicins poured to Gary's New York home to learn some of the dazzling guitar licks that flowed from the good reverend's gnarled fingers. Not only that but his career took an unexpected upturn as witness this performance, recorded live at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Here he shows all his guitar virtuosity of swing and syncopation on instrumentals like "Buck Dance" and "Twelve Sticks" while his gravelly, pickled-in-brine voice is a quintessential blues experience which makes most white boys sound like gauche beginners. This set has been lovingly remastered from the original tapes and though the two previously unreleased tracks are below parr, his stunning version of the haunting classic "I Will Do My Last Singing In This Land Somewhere" is worth the cost of the album alone.
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