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Rev. Gary Davis

Postby david » Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:03 pm

I hate to make such an admission, but I don't own anything by the good reverand.

What would you folks recommend for the first purchase? I looked at the list of CDs available and it was a bit overwhelming (so much for a "complete works" option).
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby jeffl » Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:18 pm

David: I don't know where to find it, but my buddy Brian had a Rev. Gary Davis songbook, with about 50 of his songs in it. We learned alot of 'em that way. We found out later that learning 'em out of the book can produce some interesting variations from the way they were originally done. And, I'd contact MG at his website, which link was posted on a similar thread last week.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby jeffl » Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:28 pm

You have to google on "Reverend Gary Davis", not "Rev. Gary Davis", and there's tons of neat books,CDs, tabs, songbooks, vinyl, etc.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby david » Wed Sep 01, 2004 4:46 pm

The "tons" part was what got me. With so many CDs to choose from I thought I'd get some guidance from some of the good Reverand's fans before picking one at random.

I had no idea there were so many. I was looking for a "complete recordings" CD, but that appears to be unlikely. He was a prolific guitar scratcher.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby houndog » Thu Sep 02, 2004 6:42 am

Can I tell a wee story Woody Mann told a group of us last Nov.

Seems the teenaged Woody was intent on guitar lessons ( ie not blues) so he picked up the phone book and found the Re.Davis listed as a teacher,phoned him up and went round!

The rest is history as they say.

I would have loved to hear the reverse blues flow.

Son House " Ahhh hello,is that Woody Mann the guitar teacher"

Woody " Yes indeed,can I help you".

Son" Well Woody, I have been asked to do a come back lp ...trouble is I kinda forgot what I used to play ...can you help out?"

Woody." Certainly"

adios,
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby david » Fri Sep 03, 2004 3:23 am

I've heard a lot more about Davis than I've heard of him--and you don't hear much about him. It's been one of those synchronicity things where in the last week or so I've run across several covers of Davis songs, and references to his playing style.

I know there must be some serious Rev. Gary Davis fans on this board. Of the umpteen dozen CDs out by him, if you were going to recommend one to give a feel of what he was up to, which one would you recommend?
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby dcblues » Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:28 pm

I would start with Complete Early Recordings and Harlem Street Singer.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby bruneau » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:44 am

Hello David

You've got something from the reverand yet.
If not I've got "Blues and Ragtime"
If you want it, I can make a copy and send it.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby david » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:22 pm

Bruneau, I've sent you a message through the private message part of the board.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby bruneau » Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:07 am

Hello David,

Right Now I'm making a list in excel(from F.cking Microsoft)with what I have from cds, its gonna be a long list when it's finnished. I'll sent you what i managed to do today, tonight.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby blueswriter » Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:26 am

This is an amazing set of Reverend Gary Davis put out through Shanachie a few years ago including a Columbia University show in 1958, home recordings from 1964-66, and various concert tracks recorded between 1962 and 1966...

http://guitarvideos.com/assets/imagescd/davisbook.jpg

Amazon has a number of used copies (generally in excellent condition I've found) for around $26 each which isn't bad at all for a 3-disc, nicely packaged box set with a 40-page booklet by Stefan Grossman. You might not need this much of a guy who you don't have things by yet, but once you hear him, it's a safe bet you'll want to add this to your collection soon.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby david » Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:57 pm

BW, the link is faulty, or my browser is illiterate. Please post that again, as I would like the information.
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby blueswriter » Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:05 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-11-05 AT 10:07 AM (EST)]Hopefully this will work better. Below is the info on the box set from CD Universe - where it's going for $31 give or take a few cents. But if you go to Amazon.com and type in Reverend Gary Davis, you'll come up with the selections available, and then look for Demons And Angels.

http://www.revgarydavis.com/DemonsAngels.jpg

DISC 1: SLIPPIN' 'TILL MY GAL COMES IN PARTNER: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 1958-59:
1. Buck Dance
2. Soldier's March
3. Baby, What You Going To Do
4. Twelve Sticks (The Dozens)
5. Save Up Your Money, John D. Rockefeller Put The Panuc On
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Nobody Cares For Me
8. Slippin' 'Til My Gal Comes In Partner
9. Blues
10. Crucifixion
11. Rag Blues In C
12. Blues In E
13. Square Dance Verses
14. Don't Know Where To Go
15. He's My King
16. I'm Throwin' Up My Hands - (AKA Mountain Jack Blues)
17. Cross And Evil Woman Blues
18. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
19. I'm So Tired Of Being All Alone

DISC 2: I AM THE TRUE VINE: AT HOME 1964-66:
1. I Am The True Vine
2. Lord Stand By Me
3. Won't You Hush
4. Mean Old World
5. Moon Is Going Down
6. Sportin' Life Blues
7. God's Gonna Separate
8. Soon My Work Will Be Done
9. Blow Gabriel
10. Get Right Church
11. I Want To Be Saved
12. Oh Glory, How Happy I Am
13. There's Destruction In That Land (Message From Heaven)
14. Tired, My Soul Needs Resting
15. Georgia Camp Meeting
16. Bill Bailey
17. Honey Get Your Towel Wet
18. She Wouldn't Say Quit
19. You're Going To Quit Me Baby

DISC 3: TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY: IN CONCERT 1962-66:
1. I'm Going To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River
2. Twelve Gates To The City
3. I Heard The Angels Sing
4. Twelve Sticks
5. It's A Long Way To Tipperary
6. When The Train Comes Along
7. Little Boy, Little Boy Who Made Your Britches
8. All Night Long
9. Who Shall Deliver Poor Me
10. Jesus Met The Woman At The Well
11. Lord, Search My Heart
12. Lord, On Your Word
13. Let Us Get Together
14. Cocaine Blues
15. Devil's Dream
16. Blow Gabriel
17. Sun Is Going Down
18. Spoonful
19. Whistlin' Blues
20. Virgin Mary


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NOTES - Recorded between 1958 & 1966. Includes liner notes by Stefan Grossman.
3-CD Box;57 Tracks,36 Page Booklet

REVIEW: Entertainment Weekly (3/23/01, p.115) - "...It's a joyful mix of blistering musicanship - the sort of stoic wisdom that's gone the way of rural America..." - Rating: A JazzTimes (6/01, p.108) - "...Rev. Davis' eccentric genius shines brightly on this sprawling...substantial box..." Living Blues (5-6/02, pp.63,65) - "...This remarkable and diverse boxed set comes highly recommended..."
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RE: Rev. Gary Davis

Postby ricochet » Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:32 pm

In that picture the good Reverend is holding a Gibson that looks just like mine, though somehow I doubt his has Pete Townshend's signature inlaid on the fretboard underneath his hand.
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Rev. Gary Davis tab/sheet music?

Postby mainlineblues » Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:24 am

I am looking for tablature (or sheet music w/tab) of the late Rev. Davis, has anyone ever transcribed his music? I can't seem to find it anywhere. Please help.

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