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A Closer Walk With Thee
Martin Simpson
A Closer Walk With Thee
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Christian, Gospel
 
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Guitar Player magazine called it "musical balm for the grunge-weary soul" and named it one of 1994's Ten Best Albums. Martin Simpson's phenomenal virtuoso finger-picking, slide and melodic guitar work shine in these interp...  more »

      
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All Artists: Martin Simpson
Title: A Closer Walk With Thee
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Gourd Music
Original Release Date: 5/11/1994
Re-Release Date: 8/14/2001
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Christian, Gospel
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 090167011728, 090167011742, 5020393100724

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Album Description
Guitar Player magazine called it "musical balm for the grunge-weary soul" and named it one of 1994's Ten Best Albums. Martin Simpson's phenomenal virtuoso finger-picking, slide and melodic guitar work shine in these interpretations of hymns, spirituals and camp meeting songs from the American Gospel tradition. Joe Weed and others sit in on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and more. You'll hear the heavenly glory - and the deep roots of rhythm and blues - in these old favorites and little-known treasures including Wayfaring Stranger, I'll Fly Away, Down in the Valley to Pray, Palms of Victory, Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, Go Down Moses, Watch the Stars and the title tune. Selections from this recording recording appear in the Ken Burns film "Not for Ourselves Alone" and in the documentary "Delta Jews".

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CD Reviews

Jesus would like this one
01/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Martin Simpson takes American Gospel songs and gives them a wonderful blues twist. Mark Twain said one of the things he wouldn't like about heaven was the angel choirs. This is no angel choir. This is gospel a la mid-western praries, truckers, small cafes and bars, rough edges. God on a slide guitar. Well worth the listen."
One walks on water.
S. Grooms | St Paul, MN USA | 08/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have several Martin Simpson albums. Each one is masterful and musical, and they live well. You can play them for years.

This album certainly fits that mold. Simpson brings his creativity and skill to all of these wonderful old tunes. It is a sweet, pleasant album.

But that's not why I'm talking to you now. What I want to tell you about is the next-to-the last cut, a mix of Bright Morning Star and Watch the Stars. If Martin Simpson never did another thing in his life after performing this piece I'd put him up for guitar sainthood. The other tunes on this album are holy and sweet and thoroughly likable, but this one walks on water . . . dances on water. It is one of the most beautiful and moving guitar pieces I'll ever hear."