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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EKV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Only a few months away from a fatal heart attack, the elder statesman has some trouble getting the fingers and voice box to do his bidding on this 1966 session. But his inner flame burns bright. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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Well, for one very clean, very simple picking on the old guitar.
Alfred Johnson
You can tell that he is really at peace, and listening gives you just a little hint of that same peace in your own soul.
Kavity Killer
If you treasure blues music, you need this particular collection.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kavity Killer on August 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this album about five times before I noticed something unusual. The simple songs, the traditional lyrics, the rhythmic guitar, when added up, when listened to with something resembling sensitivity, convey a staggering and intense gentleness and peace. This guy RADIATES peace like some swami or guru. The beauty, though, is that he's not laying any philisophical trip on you. He's just being himself! You can tell that he is really at peace, and listening gives you just a little hint of that same peace in your own soul. He's one of a kind. Thank God for Mississippi John Hurt.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Mackler on November 24, 2000
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this is my first written review, and i've chosen to write about this album in particular because it's my favorite. i've been listening to it now for three or four years, and i also play his style of guitar, and this album has just grown and grown on me. he is his own little symphony orchestra, with his voice, his guitar basslines and his treble lines (which usually play the melody) working so well together...it's just music. if you haven't listened to this album (which is one of the best by m.j.h.) then give yourself a treat and do it. i tell you, this is brilliant stuff. another good album of his is the Immortal M.J.H. it truly is immortal. and anyone who says he was a better musician in 1928 as a young man doesn't know what they're talking about. voice more silky, yes, but as a guitarist and all-around singer he IMPROVED dramatically in 35+ years of practice alone on his front porch. please, buy this!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hoser Joe on August 30, 2005
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I have had this selection on vinyl for many years. As Kavity Killer (Dentist per chance?) notes this album is akin to a spiritual mantra. Mississippi John Hurt was counting days to his promised land when he recorded this music, in all of its profoundness, in 1966. Sometimes we miss the greatest poets in our own life, concentrating instead on sensationalist memorabilia. To listen to this simple music is nye on hearing the angels for any true lover of the folk-blues tradition. Buy it, this is no one just after fame and fortune here. This is timeless.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
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When I was a small child, sometimes I would lay awake in bed, listening. The adults were still up, laughing, talking, playing music. This is that tantalizing music that I never could quite hear. And it is just as good as I suspected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leo Hirschocker on March 13, 2011
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I heard Mr Hurt before but didn't pay him much attention, then a song off this album came along on Pandora and I was blown away. Considering when this was recorded it is unbelievable, strongly recommend it to any die hard blues fan.
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I first heard of MJH maybe a year ago and now he is my favorite musician hands down, no arguments. His music has an immediate calming affect with every word, and every pluck of his strings. There are other good songsters and blues musicians from his era, but none can do with a song what MJH can. He can take any song and make it fun, lively, gentle, and calming no matter what the subject of the song is. This album spans songs with serious subject matter from Joe Turner, and Waiting For You to less serious subject matter like Funky Butt, and The Spider. No matter what the subject matter is the feeling is always the same, he can go from singing about a spider to singing about a womanizer and the result is the same. His music transcends time, and no matter what the mood I'm in I can instantly be uplifted by his words and his song. No other musician can make me smile when I'm down like MJH, truly the gentle soul healer of the music world !
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It's hard to distinguish the quality of these last recordings from the recordings from 1928. The gentle acoustic guitar, soft voice and stories in the songs are as fresh in the later recordings as in the early recordings. The music never becomes tiring, so I load a full deck of John Hurt CDs and proceed with whatever else I want to be doing. I don't know why they call it "The Blues" when these recordings are so peaceful and refreshing to the spirit. When we should look back on our past, before electric instruments, beyond the popular entertainers of the day, into the life of everyday people ... we would probably see many musicians who entertained themselves and their neighbors just because they enjoyed doing it. With the recordings of John Hurt, someone captured magic in a bottle and preserved it for the rest of us to enjoy. This CD is just a bit of the special magic from those days. ENJOY !
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