Friday, June 21, 2024

VA - Blind Brilliance, Celebrating Visionary Musicians (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3


VA - Blind Brilliance, Celebrating Visionary Musicians (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

Musicians who have been born blind or lost their sight at an early age have consistently demonstrated an extraordinary ability to communicate through music. Despite the challenges of visual impairment, these artists have shown an exceptional capacity to express themselves, often surpassing their sighted counterparts in musical prowess.

These musicians, regardless of the genre they choose to express themselves in, have achieved remarkable success in their careers. Their talent for music was evident from a young age, and they have since made significant contributions to the world of music.

Their journey is not just about their musical achievements, but also about their resilience and determination. They have shown that blindness is not a barrier to musical expression. Instead, it can often enhance their ability to communicate through music, as they rely more heavily on their sense of hearing and touch. Their success serves as an inspiration to all, demonstrating that physical limitations do not define one’s potential. Their stories are a testament to their talent, resilience, and the power of music to transcend physical limitations.

Presented here are 75 tracks that are a fitting tribute to these extraordinary musicians. The first two CDs are related to the rock, blues rock, pop, soul, folk, country, jazz and easy listening genres. The third CD is dedicated to the Blues and Reggae artists and their inovative music style.  

These three CDs celebrate their talent and resilience, and the power of music to transcend physical limitations. Their ability to convey emotions and stories through music, in spite of the obstacles they encounter, stands as a powerful tribute to their resilience and talent. It is a celebration of their visionary spirit and their contribution to the world of music. (B)






Track lists


01 Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Wiyathul 3:59

02 Ray Charles - A Fool For You 3:03

03 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Making Love After Hours 4:33

04 Clarence Carter - Slip Away 2:30

05 Ellis Hall - Every Little Bit Hurts 5:02

06 Stevie Wonder - Superstition 4:25

07 Claude Papesch - Trini Baby 2:59

08 Rod Clemmons - What's Up, It's Me 4:32

09 Ginny Owens - Rain 3:40

10 Al Hibbler - After The Lights Go Down Low 2:38

11 Terri Gibbs - Somebody's Knockin' 3:01

12 Blind Alfred Reed - The Wreck Of The Virginian 2:59

13 Lee Garrett - I Can't Break The Habit 2:41

14 Sammy Davis Jr. - Mr-Bojangles 5:43

15 Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind 3:40

16 Amadou & Mariam - Sabali 3:16

17 George Shearing Quintet & Nancy Wilson - The Nearness Of You 2:58

18 Skeeter Brandon - You Can't Have It Your Way 4:02

19 Blind Willie Walker - The Power Of A Woman 3:32

20 Jules De Corte - In Dulcio Jubilo 4:16

21 Diane Schuur - Love Dance 5:36

22 Art Tatum - Someone To Watch Over Me 2:50

23 Jonsi - Gathering Stories 3:56

24 Andrea Bocelli - Champagne 3:50

25 Moondog - Moondog Monologue 8:26


26 Jose Feliciano - Light My Fire 3:38

27 Moondog - High On A Rocky Ledge 4:28

28 Stevie Wonder - As 7:08

29 Jeff Healey Band - See The Light 4:27

30 Jay Owens - Gonna Send For Me Baby 2:59

31 Bryan Lee - Braille Blues Daddy 6:24

32 Scott Macintyre - Look Up! 3:34

33 Johnny Winter - Memory Pain 5:31

34 Paul Pena - New Train 4:53

35 Paul Pena - Jet Airliner 5:42

36 Gordon Koang - Stand Up (Clap Your Hands) 4:45

37 Gilbert Montagné - The Fool 3:09

38 Raul Midon - Never Get Enough 3:30

39 Aleandro Baldi - Una Vita Di Piu' 4:14

40 King Bennie Nawahi - Black Boy Blues 2:53

41 Terri Gibbs - Rich Man 3:08

42 Blind Mississippi Morris - Going Back To Louisiana 4:40

43 Doc Watson - Georgie 2:47

44 Rachel Flowers - Love Today 4:41

45 Tiger Moth Tales - Best Friends 3:14

46 Hayley Oliver Band - It's A Good Thing 2:34

47 Terry Kelly - River Of No Return 4:25

48 Ronnie Milsap - Smoky Mountain Rain 3:43

49 Turley Richards - You Might Need Somebody 3:36

50 Deane Waretini (Backed By The Radars (Mostly Blind  Musicians)) - The Bridge 3:27


51 Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton - The Highwayman Song 0:30

52 Jerron Blindboy Paxton - I'll Go With Her 2:37

53 Reverend Gary Davis - Death Don't Have No Mercy (Mp3cut.Net) 3:55

54 Sleepy John Estes - The Girl I Love 3:00

55 Blind Snooks Eaglin - Alberta 2:34

56 Blind Lemon Jefferson - Matchbox 3:01

57 Blind Boys Of Alabama - Wade In The Water 3:34

58 Blind Boy Fuller - I'm A Rattlesnakin' Daddy 3:08

59 Blind Boy Fuller - Step It Up And Go 2:54

60 Blind Arvella Gray - Gander Dancing Song 4:24

61 Wesseh Freeman - Jah Love Us 3:57

62 Blind Blake (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - A Conch Ain't Got No Bone 3:13

63 Frankie Paul - Kushumpeng 3:29

64 Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground) 3:21

65 Leon Payne - I Love You Because 2:41

66 Teddy Darby - Built Right On The Ground 2:48

67 Blind Roosevelt Graves - Crazy About My Baby 3:06

68 Blind James Campbell - Jimmy's Blues 4:55

69 Blind John Davis - The Day Will Come 2:46

70 Blind Boys Of Alabama - Train Fare 3:50

71 Blind Willie Johnson - Trouble Will Soon Be Over 2:07

72 Robert Finley - You Make Me Want To Dance 3:08

73 Blind Willie McTell - Stole Rider Blues 3:08

74 Blind Uncle Gaspard - Sur Le Borde De L'eau (On The Water's Edge) 3:20

75 Amadou & Mariam - Je Pense A Toi 5:16




  1. "the power of music to transcend physical limitations" says it all! Thanks BB

    1. Thanks, lemonflag.
      I hope you will enjoy the chosen tracks.

  2. Interesting collection Butterboy.

    1. Thanks Bob Mac.
      I enjoy listening to this one. I was hoping that others would as well. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks for this collection BB - I've always admired the courage of those early Blues artists who rose above their affliction - it could not have been easy.

    1. Likewise, Dr Robert.
      Respect should be given to those who had to work that bit harder, than most.

  4. Thank you for this intriguing and very much worthwhile collection. I was just thinking that the
    "flip side" (to the fact that these artists were visually impaired) must be that many if not all of them
    honed their craft precisely BECAUSE music was, in their time and place, among the relatively few
    careers open to people with that physical limitation. This is not to suggest that there has ever been
    some sort of silver lining to being blind, nor to detract from the type of transcendence described
    above, just to note that there may well have been a sort of brutal necessity, or painful motivation,
    underlying the work of performers such as those included here.

    1. Hi Crab Devil.
      Thank you for your thoughtful reflection. You’ve touched upon a profound aspect of these artists’ journeys. Indeed, many of them may have turned to music not just out of passion, but also as a means of navigating the world and expressing themselves in an era when opportunities for visually impaired individuals were limited. Their stories remind us that art often emerges from adversity, and that limitations can sometimes become catalysts for creativity and resilience. While we celebrate their musical genius, it’s also important to acknowledge the societal circumstances that shaped their lives and careers.

      Your perspective adds a valuable layer of understanding to this collection. It invites us to appreciate not just the music itself, but also the human spirit that shines through it. Thank you for sharing your insights.

  5. Just Brilliant ! ... many thanks

    1. I do hope you enjoy this for years to come, Rockolababy.