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Bryars: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet / Tom Waits

Release Date: 08/10/1993 
Label:  Point Music   Catalog #: 438823   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Regis IandiorioTom WaitsRichard HenricksonJohn Reed,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Riesman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hampton String QuartetGavin Bryars Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet from 1975 was reworked and extensively enlarged in its final full version of 1993 (available on POINT MUSIC 438 823-2). That version, which is the one to have if you are interested in Bryars’ work, is deeply moving and makes its point by slow unfolding and by progressive accumulation until it reaches its final climax bathed in searing intensity. This long piece, however, may fascinate or irritate depending on the listener’s frame of mind; but its global impact cannot be denied... Bryars’ is a quiet voice in contemporary music. His more recent works, however, in spite of their superficial simplicity and for all their direct expression, are often emotionally complex and conceal sincere, deeply-felt Read more human concerns. This is most evident in the full version of Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

-- Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Regis Iandiorio (Violin), Tom Waits (Voice), Richard Henrickson (Violin),
John Reed (Cello), Richard Maximoff (Viola)
Conductor:  Michael Riesman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hampton String Quartet,  Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975/1993; England 
Length: 74 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape.
Tom Waits' vocals were recorded at Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, California. 

Customer Reviews

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 Huge disappointment March 21, 2013 By Paul R. (Roslindale, MA) See All My Reviews "Nothing could prepare me for the annoyance this disc caused. It had promise but was monotonously unmusical and sadly self-indulgent. A promising theme went nowhere, repetitively, without a hint of thematic development or chromatic fulfillment." Report Abuse
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