Saturday, March 22, 2008

God-fearing bluesmen and "La Vecchia Signora"

The Delta BLUESMEN didn't just sing about WOMEN AND WHISKEY.
They also sang about the Church, the Saviour, the Good Book and the dangers of ignoring RELIGION.
Revenant Records' AMERICAN PRIMITIVE VOL. 1 RAW PRE-WAR GOSPEL (1926-38) is one of my favorite records. Blues legends such as Charley Patton, Blind Willie Davis and Jaybird Coleman sing about crossing the River of Jordan, that sinners need Jesus and that they are troubled about their souls.
Eighty-year-old songs sound as powerful as anything released in the past decade on this great compilation, culled from scratchy 78s. Find out more about the album by visiting Revenant Records, here.
I listened to it today, before lingering fatigue from INFLUENZA caught up with me.
Fellow flu sufferer Annika and I also enjoyed watching the 150th Derby D'Italia live on TV. The "Derby of Italy" pits INTERNAZIONALE against JUVENTUS. Today, visiting Juve beat league-leading, defending champions Inter, 2-1.

After a goalless first half, Mauro Camoranesi put Juventus ahead in the 49th minute. The great Alessandro Del Piero set up David Trezeguet to score the second for "la Vecchia Signora" in the 63rd minute. Maniche scored a late consolation goal for "nerazzurri." Like the pre-war gospel music, this match was magical.


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