Demons and Angels: The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This three-disc "ultimate collection" is an impressive compilation of recordings made featuring Rev. Gary Davis during a period spanning 1956 to 1966. An obvious labor of love, Demons and Angels was compiled and produced by one of Rev. Davis' former students -- Stefan Grossman who paid Davis five dollars a lesson "regardless whether it would last an hour or several days." Going beyond gathering various performances, this set examines Rev. Davis' unique fingerpickin' acoustic guitar style from several distinctive points of view. Unfortunately the liner notes booklet sheds no light into the nature, exact recording dates, or venues of these performances. Presenting Davis in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This three-disc "ultimate collection" is an impressive compilation of recordings made featuring Rev. Gary Davis during a period spanning 1956 to 1966. An obvious labor of love, Demons and Angels was compiled and produced by one of Rev. Davis' former students -- Stefan Grossman who paid Davis five dollars a lesson "regardless whether it would last an hour or several days." Going beyond gathering various performances, this set examines Rev. Davis' unique fingerpickin' acoustic guitar style from several distinctive points of view. Unfortunately the liner notes booklet sheds no light into the nature, exact recording dates, or venues of these performances. Presenting Davis in such varied settings allows enthusiast and student alike the unique perspective of hearing one of America's premier folk musicians in a most intimate situation. Disc one features songs recorded at Columbia University in 1958 and 1959 by student John Gibson. Judging from the occasional verbal instruction, as well as the lack of an audible audience, it is surmised that Davis is participating in some degree of formal instruction. Disc two includes home recordings, presumably documented by Grossman during his one-on-one mentoring sessions between 1964 and 1966. Disc three rounds off Demons and Angles with various live performances from 1962-1966. The impact that Rev. Gary Davis had on musicians such as folk icon Dave Van Ronk and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is obvious. The profound influence affected not only their choice of material, but more insidiously performance and delivery styles as well. Nowhere is this more evident than the live readings of "Let Us Get Together," "Lord, Search My Heart," and "Cocaine Blues." Rev. Davis' liquefied fretwork foreshadows Kaukonen's stunning virtuosity, while his sly, talking-blues delivery seems tailor made for Van Ronk's decidedly Greenwich Village approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351611727
  • Catalog Number: 6117
  • Sales rank: 79,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buck Dance (3:14)
  2. 2 Soldier's March (7:54)
  3. 3 Baby, What You Going to Do (3:30)
  4. 4 Twelve Sticks (the Dozens) (1:46)
  5. 5 Save up Your Money, John D. Rockerfeller Put the Panoc On (1:55)
  6. 6 I Am the Light of the World (3:39)
  7. 7 Nobody Cares for Me (2:27)
  8. 8 Slippin' Til My Gal Comes in Partner (3:41)
  9. 9 Blues (3:05)
  10. 10 Crucifixion (7:30)
  11. 11 Rag Blues in C (2:44)
  12. 12 Blues in E (3:12)
  13. 13 Square Dance Verses (0:32)
  14. 14 Don't Know Where to Go (3:31)
  15. 15 He's My King (1:50)
  16. 16 I'm Throwin' up My Hands (Ain't Gonna Work No More) (3:33)
  17. 17 Cross and Evil Woman Blues (3:56)
  18. 18 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (3:14)
  19. 19 I'm So Tired of Being All Alone (4:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Am the True Vine (3:02)
  2. 2 Lord, Stand by Me (3:45)
  3. 3 Won't You Hush (4:13)
  4. 4 Mean Old World (3:13)
  5. 5 Moon's Going Down (3:39)
  6. 6 Sportin' Life Blues (5:46)
  7. 7 God's Gonna Separate (2:50)
  8. 8 Soon My Work Will All Be Done (3:45)
  9. 9 Blow Gabriel (3:23)
  10. 10 Get Right Church (3:11)
  11. 11 I Want to Be Saved (4:10)
  12. 12 Oh Glory, How Happy I Am (4:36)
  13. 13 There's Destruction in This Land (5:53)
  14. 14 Tired, My Soul Needs Resting (2:15)
  15. 15 Georgia Camp Meeting (2:47)
  16. 16 Bill Bailey (4:36)
  17. 17 Honey Get Your Towel Wet (3:14)
  18. 18 She Wouldn't Say Quit (3:07)
  19. 19 You're Going to Quit Me Baby (4:37)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Going to Sit Down on the Banks of the River (3:41)
  2. 2 Twelve Gates to the City (4:30)
  3. 3 I Heard the Angels Singing (4:18)
  4. 4 Twelve Sticks (the Dozens) (2:50)
  5. 5 It's a Long Way to Tipperary (3:35)
  6. 6 When the Train Comes Along (4:40)
  7. 7 Little Boy, Little Boy Who Made Your Britches (2:48)
  8. 8 All Night Long (2:04)
  9. 9 Who Shall Deliver Poor Me (3:00)
  10. 10 Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (3:37)
  11. 11 Lord, Search My Heart (3:55)
  12. 12 Lord, on Your Word (4:24)
  13. 13 Let Us Get Together (2:53)
  14. 14 Cocaine Blues (3:28)
  15. 15 Devil's Dream (2:14)
  16. 16 Blow Gabriel (4:06)
  17. 17 Sun Is Going Down (3:21)
  18. 18 Spoonful (3:12)
  19. 19 Whistlin' Blues (6:56)
  20. 20 Virgin Mary (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rev. Gary Davis Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Stefan Grossman Cover Photo
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Rev. Gary Davis Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Joe Alper Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
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