Gavin Bryars – Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet

When Gavin Bryars recorded a homeless man in London singing repetitively he was probably doing so on a whim. Bryars fitted the loop to a piece of music he was working on and discovered it fitted perfectly.

I first heard the song in the early 90’s when Tom Waits had a go at overlaying more vocals. Let’s forget Waites for a while and go with the original which, although intially almost bland, is a piece of music that gets through to the listener and reveals rare real devastating qualities…

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