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There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs


  • 1. Thank You Lord - Gospel Church Harlem (previously unreleased)
    2. If I Had My Way - Rev. Gary Davis (previously unreleased)
    3. Have You Ever Been Mistreated - Yvonne Hunter (previously unreleased)
    4. I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
    5. Roll on John - Bob Dylan (previously unreleased)
    6. Man of Constant Sorrow - Roscoe Holcomb
    7. Hicks Farewell - Doc Watson/Gaither Carlton
    8. Come All You Tenderhearted - Carter Stanley
    9. Young But Growing - Mary Townsley (previously unreleased)
    10. TB Blues - Hazel Dickens/Alice Gerrard
    11. John Henry - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (previously unreleased)
    12. Sally Goodin - Eck Robertson (previously unreleased)
    13. Twin Sisters - Sidna Myers
    14. Sally Johnson - Dale Poe/Wade Ward/Charlie Higgins (previously unreleased)
    15. Pull My Daisy - David Amram
    16. So Long: Go - Wade Patterson/Rufus Cohen/Wade Patterson (previously unreleased)
    17. Who'll Water My Flowers - Dick Connette/Sonya Cohen/Last Forever
    18. Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie - Elizabeth Cotten
    19. Ramblin' Round - Woody Guthrie
    20. Love My Darling-O - Alan Lomax
    21. Buck Creek Girls - The New Lost City Ramblers
    22. Paloma Blanca - Huayno Stringband
    23. Kitchen Girl - Sweet's Mill Band (previously unreleased, The Arkansas Sheiks)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40091

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Cohen; John Cohen (Compilation)
    EngineerJohn Cohen; Chris Stachwitz; Peter Siegel

    THERE IS NO EYE compiles recordings of musicians photographed by photographer/filmmaker John Cohen.
    Recorded between 1953 and 2001. Includes liner notes and song annotations by John Cohen.
    Recording information: Albuquerque, NM (1947-1976); Amarillo, TX (1947-1976); Cynthia Gooding's Radio Program on WBAI, New York, NY (1947-1976); First University of Chicago Folk Festival (1947-1976); Gospel Church, Harlem, NY (1947-1976); Hillsville, VA (1947-1976); New York, NY (1947-1976); Sacsamarca (1947-1976); Sweet's Mill Camp, CA (1947-1976).
    Photographer: John Cohen.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Lee Michael Demsey; John Passmore; Katina Epps.
    This various-artists folk compilation is a companion CD to John Cohen's book of photographs, There Is No Eye. Cohen, as many people interested in the music assembled here will already know, is not just a photographer, but also a filmmaker, producer, and musician who was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers. Whether or not you have the book (and some photos are included in the liner notes), this is a good anthology, though so eclectic that there aren't any particularly strong conceptual threads connecting the tracks (seven of which were previously unissued). Undoubtedly, the song to attract the greatest interest will be Bob Dylan's "Roll on John," a previously unreleased performance of a traditional song from a 1962 New York radio show. It's a decent selection that's in line with Dylan's early folk phase, but just one of about a couple of dozen tracks spanning the 1940s to the early 21st century. There are blues from Reverend Gary Davis and Muddy Waters; a previously unissued "John Henry" by Bill Monroe, from Cohen's 1962 film The High Lonesome Sound; folk revival legends Elizabeth Cotten, Doc Watson, and Roscoe Holcomb; bluegrass by Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard; gospel, a Peruvian stringband, and more. There's even beatnik jazz by David Amram ("Pull My Daisy," from the soundtrack to the film of the same name), and "Love My Darling-O," sung by folklorist Alan Lomax himself. The New Lost City Ramblers are represented by "Buck Creek Girls." The music is, for the most part, well-recorded, and it makes for an above-average sampler of various folk styles (mostly, but not exclusively, American), due to its variety and quality. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (2/02, p.61) - "...Engaging..."
    Down Beat (May 2002, p.58) - 4.5 out of 5 stars - "...Subjective, exquisitely personal and instructive...[it] illuminates the worlds of gospel, folk, blues, mountain music, beat jazz and bluegrass..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (2/02, p.107) - "This compilation achieves what good visual art strives for: through varied textures and from a variety of different angles, the elements create something larger with an overall feeling that keeps drawing you back..."
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