Description : The idea to do something with the powerful voice of Delta blues musician Son House (1902-1988) came after I watched the documentary ‘It Might Get Loud’. Jack White (The White Stripes) played a record called ‘People grinning in your face’ by Son House. An a cappella song with handclapping; ’one man against the world’. You can find this magnificent fragment of the documentary on YouTube. Please watch it. Be awed. After that I listened to a lot of a cappella by Son House and was overwhelmed by ‘John the Revelator’. Even if you are not religious (like me) or familiar with the Bible (I am), this traditional gospel blues in a call and response-style is everything the blues is about. I realised it was almost ‘sacrilegious’ to put a drumbeat under this vocal track, but it gave me goosebumps the first time I tried it. So I composed a dramatic housetrack together with STAX (Hans Clevers) on sax. I took almost a month or two to split the original voicetrack in enough pieces to re-align them with the basic beat without losing the original feel. Where possible, I eliminated the handclapping because it was mostly out of sync. After I got the basetrack right, STAX played his solo. Afterward the grand piano, choirs and strings where added plus the noise-percussion. The project and mixing took approx. five months.
‘John The Revelator’ (this is from Wikipedia) has been called ‘one of the most powerful songs in all of pre-war acoustic music ... [which] has been hugely influential to blues performers’. The song's title refers to the Apostle John as the author of the Book of Revelation. A portion of that book focuses on the opening of seven seals and the resulting apocalyptic events. In its various versions, the song quotes several passages from the Bible in the tradition of American spirituals. Son House recorded several a cappella versions of this song in the 1960s. His lyrics for a 1965 recording explicitly reference three theologically important events: the Fall Of Man, The Passion of the Christ and Resurrection. This is the version used here.

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  1. rekyl13
    rekyl13 on Thu 30th Apr 2015 - 5 years ago

    Could I use this track in a youtube clip?

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Cool. Yes, if your credit me. Send me a link please when you have finished the clip.

  2. rekyl13
    rekyl13 on Thu 30th Apr 2015 - 5 years ago

    I love this track man

  3. 4first
    4first on Wed 25th Jun 2014 - 5 years ago

    Nice. I would like to use this in my future mix on mixcloud.com. Do you mind if I do?

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    No, if you give me a link where to find the complete mix, it's okay. I will link to it from my website and twitter. Greetz DjoeGio

  4. aikens
    aikens on Thu 5th Jun 2014 - 5 years ago

    something different, thanks

  5. KooLKYLE
    KooLKYLE on Tue 6th May 2014 - 6 years ago

    you should be on the beatport deep house charts!

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    How can you get on beatport without being signed? Is that possible? Thnx for the compliment!

  6. RufDiamond
    RufDiamond on Mon 14th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    thank u sir

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thanks to you for reacting to my music...

  7. danielk88
    danielk88 on Mon 7th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    i like it :) congratulations

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thnx for the review. DjoeGio

  8. certifiedsbu
    certifiedsbu on Mon 7th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    Very nice

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thank you!

  9. Schrauber
    Schrauber on Fri 21st Mar 2014 - 6 years ago

    Nice ;)

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thank you!!!!

  10. freezy452
    freezy452 on Thu 20th Mar 2014 - 6 years ago

    love the Sax!

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    The sax is played by STAX (a.k.a. Hans Clevers), a Dutch saxplayer I've worked with on a few tracks. U can find more of him on Fandalism or on his Facebook-site.

  11. leewebb93
    leewebb93 on Thu 20th Mar 2014 - 6 years ago

    This is powerful! gives you the i can do anything feeling, i can imagine this on a movie..... good job fella!! love it

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Yes. I have the feeling I'm on to something. This is the best played track I ever made, with the most positive comments, not only here but on Fandalism too... Thnx...

  12. nicollas
    nicollas on Wed 19th Mar 2014 - 6 years ago

    nice track man!

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Gracias!

  13. jeanpiu
    jeanpiu on Wed 26th Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    wauu! amazing!!

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thanks for your kind words

  14. jdubrich
    jdubrich on Mon 24th Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    Could I possibly get a Hi Res (WAV or AIFF) of this track? I would love to use it in my live dj sets. Thanks.

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Have u used the track yet?

  15. jdubrich
    jdubrich on Sun 23rd Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    Great track, great description, great inspiration!

  16. mazenmasri
    mazenmasri on Thu 20th Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    waw how nice

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thnk you for your reaction

  17. clindsay
    clindsay on Mon 10th Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    excellent - very nicely produced!

  18. soulkettle67
    soulkettle67 on Mon 10th Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    Loved your Description and the track is well thought out, I would love to play it on my radioshow at www.loopradio.net ?

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Please do. Is there anything u need? A hq WAV file? let me know... Greetz & thnx DjoeGio

  19. larrybarrow31
    larrybarrow31 on Mon 3rd Feb 2014 - 6 years ago

    im loving this track here, nicely done!

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    thank you Larry!

  20. Philmizo
    Philmizo on Fri 24th Jan 2014 - 6 years ago

    I like

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thnk you, appreciate it

  21. djfabic11
    djfabic11 on Sun 19th Jan 2014 - 6 years ago

    nice track

    DjoeGio
    Reply by DjoeGio

    Thnk you DJ!

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John the Revelator

Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Well who's that writin', John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

You know God walked down in the cool of the day
And called Adam by his name
And he refused to answer
'Cause he was naked and ashamed

Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

You know Christ had 12 apostles
And three he laid away
He said, "Watch with me one hour
Till I go yonder and pray"

Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals
Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Who's that writin', John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Christ came on Easter morning
Mary and Martha they went down to see
Go tell My disciples
To meet Me in Galilee

Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Tell me who's that writin', John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

 


 

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