Joseph Spence was born in Andros, Bahamas, in 1910 as the son of a pastor.
The first recordings date from 1958. Joseph's repertoire ranges from calypso, folk and blues to gospel. He plays a steel-string acoustic guitar. His voice sounds like sandpaper.
Encore was produced from unreleased archive material. Innovative guitar playing, vocals, words, scatting. 13 titles of which perhaps "Down by the riverside" and "Give me that old time religion" are the best known as improvisations.
Beautiful audiophile production. The steel-string guitar pops out nicely. And then that voice.
Audiophile LP: Rating
1. Won't that be a happy time?
2. Out on the rolling sea
3. Down by the riverside
4. Bimini gal
5. The crow
6. In times like this
7. Death and the woman
1. Give me that old time religion
2. Run come see Jerusalem
3. Brown skin girl
4. The glory of love
5. Great God what do i see and hear?
6. That glad reunion day