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Rev. Gary Davis: The Video Collection on DVD

By Rev. Gary Davis

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Guitar (Flatpicking)
Composed by Rev. Gary Davis. Boxed, Concert/Documentary. Vestapol. Blues. DVD. Duration 105 minutes. Published by Grossman's Guitar Workshop (MB.13111DVD).

Item Number: MB.13111DVD

ISBN 9781579408695. Blues. 5.25 x 7.5 inches.

The first two tracks are taken from a short film that played in theatres in the early 1960s. This was shot while Rev. Davis lived in the Bronx. The filmmaker was very interested in the ambience but we do get a chance to see Rev. Davis play. Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest had one show that featured Rev. Davis along with Donovan and Shawn Phillips. The next two tunes are from this program. In 1969 Rev. Davis traveled to Seattle, Washington to play for the Folklore Society. Tracks 5-12 were filmed by the Anthropology Department of the University of Washington at the home of John Ullman.. This is rough footage but shows Rev. Davis relaxed amongst friends and his trusty cigar! During that stay John was able to take Rev. Davis in to a proper television studio and tracks 15-23 are from this session. These are seminal performances. The independent filmmaker Lionel Rogosin brought Rev. Davis together with other musicians for his film Black Roots. Tracks 24-26 are from this film. This collection ends with some very rough footage from the wedding celebration of John Gibbon (one of Rev. Davis's earliest New York students). This was originally recorded on reel to reel tape and over the years the tape disintegrated. So what we have left is a faint video image with good sound that shows Rev. Davis enjoying himself at a party with friends.

  • (I Heard) The Angels Singing  
  • Advice on Playing Guitar  
  • Buck Dance 
  • Calling for Irene  
  • Candyman 
  • Children of Zio  
  • Cincinnati Flow Rag (Slow Drag)  
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy  
  • Guitar Lesson (Twelve Gates To The City)  
  • Hard Walkin' Blues  
  • I Belong To The Band 
  • Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning 
  • Lord, I Feel Like Goin'  
  • Make Believe Stunt 
  • Oh Glory How Happy I Am  
  • Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From  
  • Samson And Delilah 
  • She's Just Funny That Way  
  • Spoonful 
  • Sun Is Goin' Down  
  • Talk on Death  
  • Twelve Gates To The City 
  • Twelve Gates To The City (Instrumental)  
  • Twelve Sticks 
  • Wouldn't Say Quit  

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