The Singer (Diamanda Galás album)

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The Singer
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Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released 27 April 1992 (1992-04-27)
Recorded 1 November 1991 (1991-11-01)
Studio Sorcerer Sound, New York City
Genre Blues[citation needed]
Length 45:48
Label Mute
Producer Diamanda Galás, Eric Liljestrand
Diamanda Galás chronology
Plague Mass
The Singer
Vena Cava
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]

The Singer is an album by Diamanda Galás released in 1992, largely featuring her versions of classic blues and gospel songs.[4] The cover art is notable for a glamor shot of the artist, which on closer inspection reveals the words "We are all HIV+" tattooed on her knuckles. The album is dedicated to people with AIDS, as is much of her work.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Love Will Never Die" (Willie Dixon)
  2. "Reap What You Sow" (Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites)
  3. "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" (Roy Acuff)
  4. "Gloomy Sunday" (László Jávor, Desmond Carter, Rezső Seress) (made famous by Billie Holiday)
  5. "Balm In Gilead/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Traditional, Wallace Willis; arranged by Galás)
  6. "Insane Asylum" (Willie Dixon)
  7. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
  8. "Let My People Go" (Traditional; words and arrangement by Galás)
  9. "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
  10. "Judgement Day" (recorded live, this is the longest track on this album)


  • Diamanda Galás - piano, organ, vocals

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1992 Mute CD, LP STUMM 103
United States Mute Ltd. CD, CS 9-61278


  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian. "The Singer". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  2. ^ columnist (June 25, 1992). "Diamanda Galás - The Singer". Rolling Stone: 44. 
  3. ^ columnist (May 1992). "Diamanda Galás - The Singer". Q: 7. 
  4. ^ Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Diamanda Galás". Trouser Press. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 

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