Rev. Gary Davis

Lifting the Veil: The First Bluesmen

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

This interesting collection draws from recordings in the Harry Smith archive and includes what sounds like songs taken from casual, private sessions with various country blues artists along with a few scratchy songs from commercial 78s. The sound is all over the map, but the value of sets like this aren't really in their sonic qualities but in their historical value. Worth noting here is Rev. Gary Davis' striking and stark "The Blood's Done Signed Your Name," a kinetic version by Leadbelly of "Gallows Pole," and Charley Patton's classic "Mississippi Boll Weevil."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Lead Belly 01:11 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Lead Belly 01:14 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis 01:25 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis 02:45 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis 05:37 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Lead Belly 01:35 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Lead Belly 01:49 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis 04:06 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Big Bill Broonzy 03:22 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Leola B. Wilson 02:51 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis 07:03 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis 03:44 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Buddy Boy Hawkins 03:03 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: William Moore 03:02 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: William Moore 03:04 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Gus Cannon 03:13 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Ramblin' Thomas 02:29 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Charley Patton 03:11 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Charley Patton 03:09 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Reverend Rubin Lacy 03:25 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Reverend Rubin Lacy 03:01 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Edward Thompson 02:59 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Ramblin' Thomas 03:07 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Ramblin' Thomas 03:06 Amazon
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Rev. Gary Davis feat: Ramblin' Thomas 02:54 Amazon
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