You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion

You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion

by Rev. Pearly Brown
     
 
In many ways, Rev. Pearly Brown was the perfect itinerant preacher, playing on the street in Macon, GA. Unlike many buskers, however, he wasn't a blues or pop player; his music was strictly sacred, and this album, a reissue of his 1961 album plus a 1974 session from a California radio station, gives a clear picture of his music. Essentially it had two sides: there was

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In many ways, Rev. Pearly Brown was the perfect itinerant preacher, playing on the street in Macon, GA. Unlike many buskers, however, he wasn't a blues or pop player; his music was strictly sacred, and this album, a reissue of his 1961 album plus a 1974 session from a California radio station, gives a clear picture of his music. Essentially it had two sides: there was the slide guitar, heir of Blind Willie Johnson, in songs like "God Don't Never Change" (or Johnson's own "Nobody's Fault but Mine"), and there was also the country side, typified by his raw, ragged version of Roy Acuff's "The Great Speckled Bird." The 15 tracks that make up his album veer between the two styles, which co-exist perfectly well in his capable hands, but on the live cuts he's helped out by his wife and two musicians from the Dirty Butter Band (although he still talks about what street corner he might play on), who are basically dispensable; Brown has played alone long enough to fill out the sound by himself. He was, perhaps, the last real exponent of this sacred style that owed much to blues and "slave songs," as he called them (and maybe some were). He was also an accomplished guitar player with some powerful slide work. His kind of music, now a thing of history, is sorely missed.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297902523
catalogNumber:
9025
Rank:
110134

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Tracks

  1. God Don't Never Change
  2. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  3. You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion
  4. Savior, Don't You Pass Me By
  5. Motherless Children
  6. Oh What a Morning
  7. I Must See Jesus
  8. Nobody's Fault But Mine
  9. I Know It Was the Blood
  10. By and By (I'm Gonna See the King)
  11. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
  12. If I Never See You Anymore
  13. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)
  14. It's a Mean Old World
  15. Great Speckled Bird
  16. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
  17. You Gotta Move
  18. I'm on My Way to the Canaan Land
  19. Good By
  20. What a Morning

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