12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The legendary bluesman and gospel preacher recorded all 12 of these takes in one three-hour session, and passion and immediacy drip from every note. He plays in a finger-picked, country-blues style, and though he plays without accompaniment, his guitar sounds as rich and full as an orchestra; his voice grabs hold of each lyric with soul-stirring fervor. And what diversity in the material! “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” is an ominous lament, while “I Belong to the Band,” a song of acceptance in Christ, finds the reverend shouting with joy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The legendary bluesman and gospel preacher recorded all 12 of these takes in one three-hour session, and passion and immediacy drip from every note. He plays in a finger-picked, country-blues style, and though he plays without accompaniment, his guitar sounds as rich and full as an orchestra; his voice grabs hold of each lyric with soul-stirring fervor. And what diversity in the material! “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” is an ominous lament, while “I Belong to the Band,” a song of acceptance in Christ, finds the reverend shouting with joy.

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