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February 10th, 2018

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Blind Willie Johnson - You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond

No musician in history has had a better batting average than Blind Willie Johnson. Between 1927-30 he recorded something like 30 songs, perhaps 20 of them are stone cold classics, and a handful rank amongst the greatest things ever recorded. You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond perhaps isn't up there with John The Revelator and Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, but it's still an essential piece of gospel/blues history and the only song Johnson ever recorded twice. This is the more forceful, more vigorous of the two versions, with his astonishing vocal growl and slide guitar. Beefheart adapted the tune for his epic Tarotplane, but never quite matched the emotional heft of the original.

Blind Willie Johnson - You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond
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