zondag 14 juli 2013
You Better Get Somebody On Your Bond (1924) / You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond (1929) / You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond (1930)
The subject of "You'll Need (or Better Get) Somebody on Your Bond" is "the idea that we will all need a legally binding guarantee to gain access to heaven" and that Jesus as our advocate "will provide us with a guarantee or bond, if we follow His ways"
There is an older version of this spiritual than the most famous version by Blind Willie Johnson
The ORIGINAL version of this spiritual was recorded in New York City on April 21, 1924
by the Fisk University Jubilee Singers:
Carl Barbour, tenor
Ludie David Collins, bass
James A. Myers, tenor
Mrs. James A. Myers, alto
Horatio O'Bannon, baritone
Released on the Columbia label (#163-D)
(c) Charley Patton 1929 ("You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die")
Recorded October 1929 in Grafton, WI and released on Paramount 13031.
(c) Blind Willie Johnson 1929 - "You'll Need Somebody on Your Bond"
Recorded December 11, 1929 in New Orleans.
Released on Columbia 14504-D
"You'll Need Somebody on Your Bond" (later titled "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond") is a gospel song that is attributed to both tradition and to Texan singer and guitarist Blind Willie Johnson. Johnson recorded his first version of the song for Columbia Records as "You'll Need Somebody on Your Bond" on December 11, 1929, in New Orleans, Louisiana (SEE YOUTUBE ABOVE). He later recorded a second version titled "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" on April 20, 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia, which was Johnson's last recorded song (SEE YOUTUBE BELOW)
As with many of Blind Willie Johnson's songs, "You'll Need Somebody on Your Bond" is performed with Johnson on lead vocals and slide guitar and an unknown female singer accompanying him on vocals. While it was first believed that his wife Angeline Johnson provided those backing vocals, it has since been refuted by Johnson's lead biographer. The second version, titled "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" is nearly identical to the first, with slightly more subdued vocals and backing vocal provided by Willie B. Harris, sometimes considered to be Johnson's first wife
(c) Blind Willie Johnson 1930 ("You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond")
Recorded April 20, 1930 in Atlanta, GA
Released on Columbia 14530-D
(c) Rev J.M. Gates (1929) ("You Gonna Need This Man Jesus On Your Bond")
Rev J.M. Gates, sermon; assisted by Deacon Leon Davis and Sisters Jordan and Norman.
Recorded December 16, 1929
Released on Okeh 8779.
Listen to a sample here:
(c) Ravizee Singers (1937) (You'll Need My Saviour Too)
Listen to a sample here:
(c) Muddy Waters 1942) (as "You Got to Take Sick an Die Some of These Days")
McKinley Morganfield vcl, gtr;
Recorded in prob. Clarksdale. Miss., poss. 20-24 July 1942
Recorded for the Library of Congress, released on Testament LP 2210, MCA CHD 9344
(c) Buffy Sainte-Marie 1964
In 1964, Buffy Sainte-Marie recorded "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" with slightly altered lyrics and included the song on her debut album, It's My Way!. While her debut album did not chart, it proved influential to both the American and British folk communities. Sainte-Marie recorded the song on acoustic guitar without using a slide and sang without any backup vocals.
(c) Donovan 1965
Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan recorded "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" in early 1965 for inclusion on his debut album What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid. Since Donovan recorded a version of "Universal Soldier" after hearing it on Buffy Sainte-Marie's debut album, it is likely that he first heard "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" from the same source.
Also on this 45 http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=4274237
(c) Captain Beefheart (1968) ("Yer Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond")
One of the highlights of Captain Beefheart’s 1968 tour of the UKwas the concert at Frank Freeman’s Dance Club in Kidderminster. Fortunately legendary DJ John Peel brought his tape recorder and recorded four brilliant numbers from the show ao "Yer Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond"
In addition, Captain Beefheart drew on the song for "Tarotplane", the opening track of his 1971-released album, Mirror Man.
(c) Taj Mahal (1969)
(c) Eric Bibb (1994)
Recorded in 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden