Encore by Joseph Spence on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (the album cover features a black and white photograph of Joseph Spence playing guitar and singing outdoors).

Joseph Spence - Encore: Unheard Recordings Of Bahamian Guitar And Singing


  • £29.99

Encore is a new album produced from previously unheard archival recordings by the legendary Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence, made in 1965 at the height of his career. 
Spence’s radically innovative guitar style transformed elements of Bahamian traditional music into adventurous, joyful improvisations and influenced players worldwide. His powerful singing stemmed directly from the rhyming tradition created by Bahamian sponge fishermen early in the 20th century. 
The music is punctuated by Spence’s unique, sometimes otherworldly vocalisations including humming, short bursts of lyrics, and near-scat singing. Some of the recordings include singing by Spence’s sister Edith Pinder and her family members Raymond and Geneva Pinder. 
Producer Peter K. Siegel captured these performances at Spence’s only New York concert, at the performer’s cottage in Nassau, Bahamas, and at Siegel’s apartment in Manhattan. 


  1. Won’t That Be A Happy Time? 
  2. Out on the Rolling Sea 
  3. Down By the Riverside 
  4. Bimini Gal 
  5. The Crow 
  6. In Times Like This 
  7. Death and the Woman 
  8. Give Me that Old Time Religion 
  9. Run Come See Jerusalem 
  10. Brown Skin Girl 
  11. The Glory of Love 
  12. Great God What Do I See and Hear? 
  13. That Glad Reunion Day 


  • US import 
  • LP housed in heavy-duty old-school Folkways jacket with insert 
  • CD housed in digipack case 




also available: 
Joseph Spence - Music Of The Bahamas   LP 


also on Smithsonian Folkways: 
Leyla McCalla - Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute To Langston Hughes   LP | CD 
Charlie Parr - Last Of The Better Days Ahead   2LP | CD 
Various - The Village Out West: The Lost Tapes Of Alan Oakes   2CD 
He Jinhua - Songs Of The Naxi Of Southwest China   CD 


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Traditional/folk music collection 


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