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June 2001

Reverend Gary Davis
Demons and Angels: The Ultimate Collection
Shanachie

Shanachie Records presents a definitive portrait of the hugely influential folk blues icon Rev. Gary Davis in a comprehensive three-CD box set entitled Demons & Angels: The Ultimate Collection. Compiled by disciple and historian Stefan Grossman (who calls Davis "the Stravinsky of the acoustic guitar"), this sprawling set showcases the full stylistic range of Davis' music, encompassing blues, gospel, ragtime, minstrel songs and other bits of Americana. The recordings were culled from over 100 hours of studio, concert and home recordings. Disc one, Slippin 'til My Gal Comes in Partner, documents concerts at Columbia University from 1958 to 1959. Disc two, I Am the True Vine, is comprised of rare recordings done at home from 1964 to 1966. And disc three, Twelve Gates to the City, intersperses spirituals like "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well" and "Lord, on Your Word" with secular numbers like "Cocaine Blues." Rev. Gary's eccentric genius shines brightly on this substantial box.

Originally published in June 2001
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