As of 1963, Reverend Gary Davis had almost never been recorded with other musicians (only a few cuts with Sonny Terry in the early '50's), and he had never been technically well-recorded. When John Townley had the fortune to be running Apostolic Studios in 1969, he made an attempt to remedy this, and the result is this album. It includes songs never before recorded, and Davis plays two instruments he had never recorded with: the 5-string banjo and the piano. Technically, the album was a state-of-the-art production, recorded on twelve tracks and mixed in stereo-the same kind of treatment usually accorded to a pop artist in 1969. But Townley had no profit motive. He doubted the production would break even. For Townley, the profit was in having preserved the music of one of the century's great stylists in a technically excellent and musically unusual album. This proved to be Gary Davis' last studio album. Davis wanted to be paid in cash, in private. $500 that Townley had to borrow from his partner. So Davis and Townley went to the bathroom, where Townley handed the Reverend five one hundred dollar bills, jokingly saying, "You are out of sight, a poor blind man. I could steal it all." At this, Townley suddenly felt the gentle but firm tip of a stiletto beneath his chin. Both men broke down laughing.