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Blind Willie JohnsonDark Was The Night

Label:Columbia – CK 65516, Legacy – CK 65516
Series:Mojo Workin': Blues For The Next Generation
Format:
CD, Compilation
Country:US
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Genre:Blues
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Tracklist

1If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:08
2Dark Was The Night
Humming [Humming & Moaning], GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:19
3Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
VocalsWillie B. Harris
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:01
4Church, I'm Fully Saved Today
VocalsWillie B. Harris
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:07
5Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:12
6Bye And Bye I'm Goin' To See The King
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
2:51
7Let Your Light Shine On Me
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:08
8John The Revelator
VocalsWillie B. Harris
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByTraditional
3:16
9I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:03
10God Moves On The Water
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
2:59
11Trouble Will Soon Be Over
VocalsWillie B. Harris
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:07
12Praise God I'm Satisfied
VocalsUnknown Artist
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:11
13Mother's Children Have A Hard Time
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:21
14It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:09
15The Soul Of A Man
VocalsWillie B. Harris
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:13
16Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
VocalsWillie B. Harris
Vocals, GuitarBlind Willie Johnson
Written-ByW. Johnson*
3:03
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Notes

Mojo Workin' Series - Blues For The Next Generation

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 074646551622
  • Matrix / Runout: DIDP-095579 G2 1A 04
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L422
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 7271

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Dark Was The Night (CD, Compilation)Columbia, Legacy489892 2Europe1998
New Submission
Dark Was The Night (CD, Compilation)Columbia, LegacyCK 65516US1998
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Dark Was The Night (CD, Compilation, Mono)SME RecordsSRCS 9460Japan1999
New Submission
Dark Was The Night (CD, Compilation, Reissue)Columbia, LegacyCK 65516USUnknown

Reviews

  • Gronk73's avatar
    Gronk73
    One of the true giants of American music, Blind Willie Johnson cut thirty sides from 1927 to 1930, dying in poverty and obscurity fifteen years after his final session. This disc collects just over half of Johnson's recorded output, including his best-known song 'It's Nobody's Fault but Mine' (which Led Zeppelin "borrowed" without crediting Johnson, a practice that the obscenely wealthy British band followed shamelessly throughout its career). On that piece and eleven others, Johnson played bottleneck guitar (reportedly with a pocketknife), and it is this technique for which he is most famous, but on the remainder of his recordings he exhibited a nimble picking style that I find every bit as pleasing as the more popular bottleneck material. He sang from his chest in a gruff bass voice, and often was accompanied by his wife Willie B. Harris on backing vocals. You may find yourself thinking that the lyrical message is a bit samey, and it is: Johnson was, after all, an evangelist. (The single non-religious number in his repertoire, 'When the War Was On,' is not included here.) Even when you've grown numb to the lyrics, however, you'll be awed by his musical genius and the sheer force of his conviction. Blind Willie Johnson's name is legendary for a reason.
    • RevengeOfPluto's avatar
      The namesake song of this compilation is now spiraling across space on Voyager 1 to show extraterrestrials the feelings of sorrow and loneliness, and boy is that a good decision. Blind Willie Johnson's life is one of non stop tragedy, and his music is a depressing reflection of said life. This is excellent blues music that demands its listener to always be down.

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