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King of the Delta Blues Singers [Gold CD]

Robert Johnson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jun 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000028RM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crossroads Blues
2. Terraplane Blues
3. Come On In My Kitchen
4. Walking Blues
5. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
6. 32-20 Blues
7. Kindhearted Woman Blues
8. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
9. Preching Blues
10. When You Got A Good Friend
11. Rambling On My Mind
12. Stones In My Passway
13. Traveling Riverside Blues
14. Milkcow's Calf Blues
15. Me And The Devil Blues
16. Hellhound On My Trait

Product Description

This album was originally released in 1961. This is the remastered Collector's Edition CD version. From The Original Master Tapes. Special 24-Karat Gold Disc. 20-Bit Digital Transfer Using Sony's SBM Process. The tracks are: 1> Cross Road Blues [2:32], 2> Terraplane Blues [3:00], 3> Come On In My Kitchen [2:52], 4> Walkin' Blues [2:31], 5> Last Fair Deal Gone Down [2:41], 6> 32-20 Blues [2:54], 7> Kind Hearted Woman Blues [2:52], 8> If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day [2:37], 9> Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) [2:53], 10> When You Got A Good Friend [2:39], 11> Ramblin' On My Mind [2:53], 12> Stones In My Passway [2:29], 13> Traveling Riverside Blues [2:47], 14> Milkcow's Calf Blues [2:18], 15> Me And The Devil Blues [2:33], 16> Hell Hound On My Trail [2:37].

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Remastering Well Done 11 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD (the 1998 Columbia Legacy edition with the bonus track of an alternate take of Travelling Riverside Blues) is THE best quality Robert Johnson recording I have heard.

If you own either of the the old Sony/Columbia "Complete Robert Johnson" double CD sets (the original 1990 or remastered 1996 issue) you could well be mistaken for thinking those, taken at the time from the earliest known sources, were the best examples you were ever likely to hear of Robert Johnson. Not so.

After the latter compilation was released they rediscovered a collection of better source material which had lain forgotten about in the vaults since the 1960s. And the improvement that brought to these recordings is immense. There is still some surface noice and a little distortion here and there on vocal peaks, but the astounding upgrade in fidelty achieved with the newly discovered sources cannot be overstated. The difference really is one of night and day between this collection and it's predecessors.

So if you want the best quality RJ on CD, my advice is to buy this and its companion "King of the Delta Blues Singers Volume 2". You'll still be missing a few tracks from the "Complete Robert Johnson", but for the phenomenal upgrade in sound, that's a VERY small price to pay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious ways.... 18 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
I refer to the mysterious ways of record companies and my question is:
why weren't the master copies which were allegedly (and I have no reason to doubt it) mastered from 'newly-discovered' clean 78s back in the early 1990s, used in the compilation of this CD used in the creation of the 'Complete' box set?

My fellow reviewers are quite right, of course: the sound here is superior and therefore the only reason to buy the box set is to obtain the alternate takes which aren't included on this issue and volume 2.

It's great that this superb music is so readily available and in such fine sound but it is also so frustrating to witness the missed opportunities which occur (see my review of 'Hoochie Coochie Man' by Muddy Waters, on Hip-O-Select for more on this topic).

Meanwhile, the good news is, THIS CD is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remastering 4 Sep 2004
By Lee C. Grady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is some of the best delta blues ever recorded, but enough has been written about that. The reason to get this compilation and its companion "King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 2" is for the wonderful remastering. The sound on these two issues is far better than the 1990 "Complete" box set (and better even than the remastered 1997 version of that set). Both volumes of "King of the Delta Blues" employ minimal noise reduction. While this leaves some high end hiss and low end rumble, it makes the recordings clearer, more full bodied and natural sounding than any versions of Johnson's recordings that I have ever heard. His voice and guitar do not sound as thin as they do on previous issues. I also prefer the sequencing on this CD over the "Complete" set, which has back to back alternate takes. The only thing you miss out on with "King of the Delta Blues" volumes 1 and 2 are a handful of alternate takes which appear only on the "Complete" box set. It should be noted, however, that this CD contains a version of "Traveling Riverside Blues" that does NOT appear on the "Complete" box set. Highly recommended!
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Beginning... 14 Dec 2001
By David Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All the acclaim and legend surrounding this collection is true, and anyone who is interested in American music really should start here.
A word of caution to the uninitiated, though: Robert Johnson did not play the electric blues which are the staple of modern American blues and the roots of Rock n Roll. This is acoustic blues music, solo vocal with (incredible) acoustic guitar accompaniment. It is amazing, amazing stuff--just try to duplicate the guitar parts and you'll understand what a master Johnson was--but don't be looking for rockin' rhythm sections or the big bass sound of later bluesmen.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good single disc collection 30 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you must buy a single disc Robert Johnson collection, and not opt for The Complete Recordings, then this is the one to get. This CD is superior to The King of the Delta Blues Singers. Don't be fooled by the similar titles. This one has a much better song selection than the other, containing more of Johnson's most famous classics. It would still be better to get The Complete Recordings which contains all of Johnson's 29 recorded songs plus alternate takes, but this CD is the best single disc collection of Robert Johnson's music currently available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just one of dozens of compilations 5 Feb 2004
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If I had to pick sixteen out of Robert Johnson's 29 singles, I would end up with pretty much the same ones that Sony has chosen for this collection.
But having said that, I also have to add that there are dozens of Robert Johnson-compilations like this one on the market, and no good reason to get anything other than Columbia's double-disc "The Complete Recordings". And if you really want a single-disc compilation, go for "King Of The Delta Blues Singers", which, although it misses out on a couple of Johnson's best songs, features the most amazing sound you'll ever hear, thanks to a masterful remastering job.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true classic blues record 22 Nov 1998
By Jeff Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you only own a select number of Blues records this should be one of them. It even includeds a newly discovered alternate bersion of Traveling Riverside Blues. This version was unearthed by the Library of Congress. This artist has influenced countless rockers from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton to Jimmy Page. This record is a classic 5 star album.
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