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Complete Folkways Recordings
Joseph Spence
Complete Folkways Recordings
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Sam Charters first recorded Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence on Andros Island in July 1958. Spence, long out of work as a stonemason, had used his time to perfect a unique style of playing. Charters took Spence as a model ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Joseph Spence
Title: Complete Folkways Recordings
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: 7/13/1992
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Acoustic Blues, Slide Guitar, Traditional Folk, Caribbean & Cuba, Bahamas
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074006627, 093074006641

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Sam Charters first recorded Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence on Andros Island in July 1958. Spence, long out of work as a stonemason, had used his time to perfect a unique style of playing. Charters took Spence as a model for what he wanted to hear in other Bahamian guitarists.

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The complete Folkways Recording review
andrew westhead | Bermuda | 12/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Well, it has to be said firstly, that on hearing this CD I was amazed,even shocked to hear Joseph Spence.It really is like nothing else! I bought the CD to accompany the Guitar Tablature book of the same title,after hearing Ralph McTell play some of Spences work.The recording was made in 1958 and you can tell!It plays alittle like an old 78 record.It perhaps isnt the type of CD you would sit down to and relax whilst listening to it.From begining to end,Spences excentricities permiate each piece,with grunts and groans spontanious laughter and singing part of a song,and then stopping as if forgetting the words! It is however amazing how this grows on you to become very interesting listening-my 4 and 6 year old neice and nephew will testify to that! If you are an acoustic guitarist and wish to hear some outstanding guitar playing,get this CD.It has 9 pieces altogether and each one is gem.You will find them uplifting and make you wish that you were playing them!"Face to face that I shall know Him" and "Bimini girl" are my favourites plus "The Lord is my Shepard" which I can now play to some degree!Spence maximises the potential of the dropped"D" guitar tuning using the bass D to great effect.So,guitarists who want a finger twisting Challenge, or listeners who want an aural challenge I would certainly recomend this CD.Well thats it from me. Now back to my guitar to dream!"