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Tom Waits Streams Cover of Blind Willie Johnson Classic

02/18/2016
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(Classic Rock) Tom Waits has released an online stream of his take on Blind Willie Johnson's Soul Of A Man. It appears on tribute album God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, to be released on February 26 by Alligator Records. It also includes recordings by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, the Blind Boys Of Alabama and Lucinda Williams, among others.

The almost-mythological blues artist recorded 30 songs between 1927 and 1930, which have influence big names from Led Zeppelin to Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.

Alligator say: "Johnson sang his sanctified gospel lyrics with overwhelming intensity, his deep, raspy voice accompanying his haunting, blues-drenched guitar playing."

Trucks comments: "I never heard a slide player, even to this day, play with that much emotion. I've only heard a few things that have hit me quite that strongly. He's one of the few handful of musicians whose music really feels sacred to me - it feels like it came out of a different world." Stream the song here.

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