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Pure Religion & Bad Company
Rev Gary Davis
Pure Religion & Bad Company
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop, R&B, Gospel
 
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A stunning mixture of gospel vocals and deftly played blues and ragtime instrumentals from the guitar playing evangelist. Recordings from 1957 demonstrate Davis's amazing ability to both sing and play with a passion and sk...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rev Gary Davis
Title: Pure Religion & Bad Company
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: 2/14/1992
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop, R&B, Gospel
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074003527, 093074003541

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Album Description
A stunning mixture of gospel vocals and deftly played blues and ragtime instrumentals from the guitar playing evangelist. Recordings from 1957 demonstrate Davis's amazing ability to both sing and play with a passion and skill unparalleled. They also contain the first recorded performances of the Davis classics Hesitation Blues and Cocaine Blues. Reverend Gary Davis remains one of America's truly great folk artists. "...mandatory listening...the single best source of his passionate singing and playing..." (One of the top five blues releases of 1991) -- Pulse!

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CD Reviews

Classic
Bigthumb | 11/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the classic albums. Rev Davis plays blues/ragtime picking acoustic guitar. If you don't know him yet then this is a good example of his excellent work. Personal, individual and heartfelt like the best country blues but very free with his guitar arrangements. Proper."
Cocaine Blues/Instrumental
Mark Schlesinger | Columbus, OH | 07/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think the vocal version of "Cocaine Blues" belongs to another label. Rock fans may know the song by George Thorogood, by the way. Fantastic accoustic guitar work. Also check out Blind Willie McTell, Lonnie Johnson, and of course Robert Johnson and Robert Lockwood, Jr. for accoustic country blues mastery."