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His Recorded Legacy: The 29 Songs

Robert Johnson Audio CD

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Always described as 'legendary', blues singer ROBERT JOHNSON needs little description.He lived a short 27 years, his death by poisoning in 1938 being the result of ill-chosen attention to another man's woman. His legacy is a total of 29 seminal songs recorded in Texas during 1936 and 1937, all of which are included here on this generous 76+ minutes collection, using only the best takes where alternatives exist, and all superbly remastered to hear a lot more of Mr. Johnson and a lot less of the poor recording techniques of the period.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 25 April 2008
By Devon George - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This collection is much better than "The Complete Recordings." I don't need two takes of the same song. This CD includes only the best version of each song, and I agree with their selections.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Robert Johnson CD you need 11 May 2009
By E. Payne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of course, the "Complete" 2-CD set is the one most people buy. But, as other reviewers have noted, the sequencing of release takes and alternates on that product is disconcerting. This budget CD has the best version of each of Robert Johnson's 29 songs. Songs are grouped by session but within each session are arranged for the best listening experience. And the sound is, considering the age of the recordings, as good as one could hope to expect--which is very good indeed. Usually not available directly from Amazon but can be quickly obtained from the listed sellers. I bought mine from CD Zone (UK) and it arrived within 10 days.

If you want to have something to sit on your shelf as an indicator of your good taste, get the box set. But if you want to really get into the music of Robert Johnson and understand his legacy, buy this CD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise presentation 1 April 2009
By Idaho John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I chose this CD because it covers at least 1 version of Robert Johnson's recorded songs. The columbia product features all of the initial recordings and some outtakes - right next to each other in the order on the CDs. I would think that to a performer or collector or enthusiast that the extra tracks might be valuable, however I am none of the above, just an individual appreciative of acoustic blues - regardless of whether it is in Piedmont or Delta style. These 29 are enough...long overdue in my opinion. The liner notes are concise and brief. With the net at our fingertips, much information about Robert Johnson can easily be found. This is the historic records without the fluff. Highly recommended.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary 30th Robert Johnson Song 23 April 2010
By William E Donoghue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The 30th Robert Johnson song was "Down Child" recorded first, not by Robert Johnson but by his co-hort Alex "Rice" Miller AKA Sonny Boy Williamson. Robert Lockwood Jr., Robert Johnson's step-son, personally confirmed to me that he had heard Robert Johnson singing that tune and that he sand it with Sonny Boy.

The Complete Robert Johnson box is also not complete as a 42nd recording, an alternative of "Travelling Riverside Blues" showed up in the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collection.

Other than those additions, the book is closed. It is classic, it is brilliant and it is historic.
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