This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
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
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
Regis Iandiorio (Violin),
Tom Waits (Voice),
Richard Henrickson (Violin),
John Reed (Cello),
Richard Maximoff (Viola)
Hampton String Quartet,
Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975/1993; England
Length: 74 Minutes 43 Secs.
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape.
Tom Waits' vocals were recorded at Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, California.
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: 1. Tramp with Orchestra (string quartet)
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: 2. Tramp with Orchestra (low strings)
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: 3. Tramp with Orchestra (no strings)
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: 4. Tramp with Orchestra (full strings)
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: 5. Tramp and Tom Waits with full Orchestra
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: 6. Coda: Tom Waits with High Strings
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
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."