Joseph Spence - Encore: Unheard Recordings Of Bahamian Guitar And Singing
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.
Won’t That Be A Happy Time?
Out on the Rolling Sea
Down By the Riverside
In Times Like This
Death and the Woman
Give Me that Old Time Religion
Run Come See Jerusalem
Brown Skin Girl
The Glory of Love
Great God What Do I See and Hear?
That Glad Reunion Day
- US import
- LP housed in heavy-duty old-school Folkways jacket with insert
- CD housed in digipack case
Joseph Spence - Music Of The Bahamas LP
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