Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bahamian Guitarist: Good Morning Mr. Walker
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
You've never heard anything like Joseph Spence. The inimitable Bahamian singer and guitarist (and stonemason) recorded sporadically in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, displaying matchless guitar technique that, insisted the man ... more »
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You've never heard anything like Joseph Spence. The inimitable Bahamian singer and guitarist (and stonemason) recorded sporadically in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, displaying matchless guitar technique that, insisted the man who supervised this 1971 session, surpassed "the musicianship of almost all nonclassical guitarists." On top of his expert albeit unconventional playing, Spence growled, murmured, and scatted his way through a distinctive repertoire that included sea chanties, hymns, and pop tunes. This spontaneous 21-song album was recorded in a Boston apartment with Spence playing a borrowed Martin D-18. Surrounded by a circle of devotees, he comfortably sails through the likes of "Sloop John B." (it was a folk song before the Beach Boys got hold of it), "Will the Serpent Be Unbroken" (notice the revised title), and Spence's personal anthem, "Out on the Rolling Sea." In a single word: singular. --Steven Stolder
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i used to work in tower records in london and this was a saturday morning favourite to help nurse away the hangovers. the music is absolutely insane, it has no equal. old joseph spence, god bless him, was like sun ra with an acoustic guitar. even the grouchiest coustomers would leave with a wild gleeful smile on their faces."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you play the guitar or if you just appreciate great musicianship then this is an album to get. Joe Spence inspired many through the 60's and 70's...but no-one has yet to match his style or brilliance. Buy it and be amazed."
I'm into it, when the mood strikes
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 11/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After mentioning Spence in a review the other day, I decided I may as well review some of his own stuff, too. One of the things this disc has over the original Smithsonian/Folkways disc is the length. Spence hadn't really lost anything in the time between, but this disc is twice as long. It's more bang for your buck.
While I quite enjoy him when I am in the mood for him, he's an acquired taste, I would imagine. Even though I just said this disc is longer and more bang for your buck, I rarely ever listen to the whole thing through at one time. It's not his guitar playing, but yes for me, after 15 straight songs of his dribbling and gurgling and slurring and almost coughing his way through grunts that replace 85% of the lyrics to the songs he plays, I've usually had enough.
He was at times very entertaining, but that was as far as it went. What I mean is, he didn't have a large emotional range. He isn't going to make you laugh in one song and cry the next. I think of Spence as a court-jester (of and for the people, though) who happens to be a finger-picking master. Deep emotional impact is not his thing. He has alot of fun, and you will have fun, but don't expect any spiritual revelations while listening to his music.
Also, you Deadheads will probably get a kick out of his buoyant version of Bid You Goodnight.