Joseph Spence

The Spring of Sixty-Five

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These recordings come from two separate occasions. Six tracks were recorded in New York City during Joseph Spence's first tour of the U.S., and prominently feature Spence's guitar and vocals, with harmonies and occasional lead vocals from his sister Edith Pinder. The other seven selections were recorded at the same sessions that yielded the Nonesuch Real Bahamas album, recorded in the backyard of the Pinders, with Spence accompanied by incredible vocals from the Pinder family, Edith, Raymond, and Geneva. Their vocals have the same rough-hewn rightness as Spence's guitar, and the voices intertwine and create spontaneous counterpoint, like some sort of coarse Bahamian vocal Dixieland ensemble. Or, as Jody Stecher says in the liner notes, "When the Pinders sing 'When Jesus Calls Again' they remind me of a big old living pump organ, complete with leaks and squeaks, and completely irresistible."

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