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Back to the Crossroads: The Roots of Robert Johnson [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Yazoo
  • ASIN: B00011V81I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Police Station Blues (1932)Peetie Wheatstraw 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Old Original Kokomo Blues (1934)Kokomo Arnold 2:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cruel Hearted Woman (1934)Bumble Bee Slim 2:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Roll and Tumble Blues (1929)Hambone Willie Newbern 3:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Life Saver Blues (1927)Lonnie Johnson 3:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sitting On Top Of the World (1930)The Mississipi Sheiks 3:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp (1936)Mississipi Jook Band 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Devil Got My Woman (1931)Skip James 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. My Black Mama, pt. 1 (1930)Son House 3:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Georgia Bound (1929)Blind Blake 3:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When the Sun Goes Down (1935)Leroy Carr 2:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sissy Man Blues (1935)Kokomo Arnold 3:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (1926)Rev. E.W. Clayborn 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lead Pencil Blues (1935)Johnny Temple 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 22-20 Blues (1931)Skip James 2:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dry Southern Blues (1926)Blind Lemon Jefferson 2:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Kokomo Blues (1928)Scrapper Blackwell 3:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Things 'Bout Coming My Way (1931)Tampa Red 3:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. King of Spades (1935)Peetie Wheatstraw 3:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Oh Red (1936)The Harlem Hamfats 2:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die (1929)Charley Patton 2:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Milk Cow Blues (1934)Kokomo Arnold 3:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Preachin' The Blues (1930)Son House 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 


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It is well documented that Robert Johnson was one of the most influencial bluesmen of his generation, but of course Johnson himself had been influenced by older bluesmen. The 23 tracks on this compilation highlight the performers he heard and admired when he was growing up to the time of his own short-lived recording career. Tracks (not in this order): Son House - "Preachin' The Blues", "My Black Mama"; Skip James - "Devil Got My Woman", "22-20 Blues"; Peetie Wheatstraw - "Police Station Blues", "King Of Spades"; Kokomo Arnold - "Old Original Kokomo Blues", "Sissy Man Blues", "Milk Cow Blues"; Charley Patton - "You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die"; Blind Lemon Jefferson - "Dry Southern Blues"; Tampa Red - "Things 'Bout Coming My Way"; Bumble Bee Slim - "Cruel Hearted Woman"; Hambone Willie Newbern - "Roll And Tumble Blues"; Lonnie Johnson - "Life Saver Blues"; Blind Blake - "Georgia Bound"; Leroy Carr - "When The Sun Goes Down"; Scrapper Blackwell - "Kokomo Blues"; Rev E W Clayborn - "Your Enemy Cannot Harm You"; Mississippi Sheiks - "Sitting On Top Of The World"; Johnny Temple - "Pencil Lead Blues"; Mississippi Jook Band - "Hittin' The Bottle Stomp"; Harlem Hamfats - "Oh Red".

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in mostly excellent quality, this great set presents great musicians and singers that inspired Robert Johnson. Superb!.Medium 1
  1. Police Station Blues - WHEASTRAW, Peetie
  2. Old Original Kokomo Blues - ARNOLD, Kokomo
  3. Cruel Hearted Woman - BUMBLE BEE SLIM
  4. Roll And Tumble Blues - NEWBERN, Hambone Willie
  5. Life Saver Blues - JOHNSON, Lonnie
  6. Sitting On Top Of The World - MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS
  7. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp - MISSISSIPPI JOOK BAND
  8. Devil Got My Woman - JAMES, Skip
  9. My Black Mama (part 1) - SON HOUSE
  10. Georgia Bound - BLIND BLAKE
  11. When The Sun Goes Down - CARR, Leroy
  12. Sissy Man Blues - ARNOLD, Kokomo
  13. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You - REV. E.W. CLAYBORN
  14. Lead Pencil Blues - TEMPLE, Johnny
  15. 22-20 Blues - JAMES, Skip
  16. Dry Southern Blues - JEFFERSON, Blind Lemon
  17. Kokomo Blues - BLACKWELL, Scrapper
  18. Things'bout Coming My Way - TAMPA RED
  19. King Of Spades - WHEATSTRAW, Peetie
  20. Oh Red - HARLEM HAMFATS
  21. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die - PATTON, Charley
  22. Milk Cow Blues - ARNOLD, Kokomo
  23. Preachin' The Blues - SON HOUSE

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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Johnson's musi al routes 1 Mar 2014
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I like Robert Johnson's music and this CD gives you a good insight into what inspired him. Good sleeve notes as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Country Blues 13 July 2013
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It's a five star compilation and you'll to hear some of RJ's songs where they come from. I do recommend it to anyone who is in country blues.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Collection of Robert Johnson Influences 28 Dec 2004
By MidWest Phil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is meant as a companion piece to the book "Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues" written by Elijah Wald.

The book is a scholarly investigation into the various musical, cultural, and business/economic influences that comprised the world in which Robert Johnson (RJ) created his music and his landmark recordings.

Elijah Wald's research suggests RJ was not the tortured artist recluse who single-handedly invented the Delta Blues. Rather, Wald suggests - with full respect for the talent and genious of the man - Robert Johnson was a talented and skilled entertainer of the time who listened to and mastered many of the diverse contemporary music styles of his time - and then he created his own songs echoing these popular styles. The legacy this single artist provided in a very short number of years is truly amazing.

One listen to this CD and Elijah's Wald premise is clarified. The similarities of music (and occasional sharing of lyrics - not uncommon for the time or genre) is obvious, and each song on this CD can easily be related to one of Robert Johnson's masterworks created several years later. This truly is a fabulous collection of Robert Johnson influences and by itself is a very listenable compilation of popular music contemporary to Robert Johnson.

To the casual fan of Robert Johnson's music, this CD is a great addition to your collection, as it provides additional tracks of music quite similar to the beloved Johnson songs. To the true acoustic Blues enthusiast, the CD coupled with the book provides a wonderful combination of insite to the music of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare treasures 9 July 2009
By JENNIFER SPERRY - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is one of my desert island choices. It introduces the music of Kokomo Arnold, Peetie Wheatstraw and other great artists rarely heard today --- they were able to make a lot of music with unrefined instruments. The voices are wonderful - expressive and sometimes funny. This isn't just a CD for the scholarly - it's a find to be listened to over and over. Incredible slide guitar - listen for Kokomo's shoutouts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an excellent compilation of material 18 Sep 2014
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The title says it all. This is a collection of early songs which influenced Robert Johnson, since he incorporated so many of their melodies, riffs and bass runs in his own recorded material. The songs were re-recorded and digitally re-mastered from old 78s. From Blind Lemon Jefferson to Hambone Willie Newburn, for anyone interested in the roots of Blues music, this is a must own CD.

Just an excellent compilation of material!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This collection is must have for any blues man" ! 10 July 2013
By 12barrblues - Published on Amazon.com
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As I started to say, this is a must have if you're on that never ending journey!
...Many of us came to this point from the likes of Led Zeppelin or countless others that had their success recording many great blues songs. Only thing wrong back then was that we didn't know just how white we were (even if we had the blue) ! Its no wonder bands like that had success...
However, once you noticed any credit being given to whom ever really deserved it (nothing against Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton) it starts.
I'm talking about being hungry enough to go back, and back again, just to find their influences, etc etc... the journey, the true road.
No, Robert Johnson didn't start it, but he sure got my attention, and these recording artists where his mentors on his journey, back to the crossroads!
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