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Robert Johnson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B001DA9VJW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom 2:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Phonograph Blues 2:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Phonograph Blues (Alt. Version - Take 2) 2:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ramblin' On My Mind 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Kindhearted Woman Blues 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kindhearted Woman Blues (Alt. Version Take 2) 2:320.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Terraplane Blues 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I'm A Steady Rollin' Man 2:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Walking Blues 2:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Last Fair Deal Gone Down 2:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dead Shrimp Blues 2:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sweet Home Chicago 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 32-20 Blues 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Come On In My Kitchen 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Come On In My Kitchen (Alt. Version - Take 2) 2:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day 2:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Me And The Devil Blues 2:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Me And The Devil Blues (Alt. Version - Take 1) 2:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Stones In My Passway 2:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Cross Road Blues 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Cross Road Blues (Alt. Version - Take 2) 2:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Travelling Riverside Blues 2:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. When You Got A Good Friend 2:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. When You Got A Good Friend (Alt. Version - Take 2) 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Milkcow's Calf Blues 2:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Milkcow's Calf Blues (Alt. Version - Take 3) 2:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Hellhound On My Trail 2:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. From Four 'Til Late 2:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Honeymoon Blues 2:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Stop Breakin' Down Blues 2:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Stop Breakin' Down Blues (Alt. Version - Take 2) 2:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Malted Milk 2:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Little Queen Of Spades 2:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Little Queen Of Spades (Alt. Version - Take 1) 2:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen37. They're Red Hot 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Drunken Hearted Man 2:270.69  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Drunken Hearted Man (Alt. Version - Take 2) 2:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Love In Vain 2:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Love In Vain (Alt. Version - Take 1) 2:270.69  Buy MP3 


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It is an extraordinary story, the very stuff of legend. A country blues singer with a career shrouded in mystery, who died in his twenties, whose entire recoreded output numbered less than thirty songs (all included here) which hardly sold any copies during his short lifetime, has become regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. If details of Robert Johnson's life are shadowy, there is nothing at all indistinct about his music, which is full of the most elemental power imaginable. Obviously a driven man, he attempted to exorcise his demons through the medium of his songs in a unique way.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend 19 Oct 2004
By Lenny
Format:Audio CD
This guy has influenced EVERYBODY. Either directly or indirectly - all those great acts and guitarists - Cream, Zeppelin, etc
Even up to the modern day with acts such as the 22-20s.
You can see why on this summary-album.
Despite this guy having been discovered very late & being dead a couple of years later, he recorded a lot of material - all of which is outstanding.
- Buy this album... maybe you'll be influenced?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 26 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I only recently discovered Robert Johnson's music, mainly through the recent tributes to him that Eric Clapton has released. Artists covering his music have done some pretty good covers, including Zeppelin's superb version of Travelling Riverside Blues. But you have to listen to the man himself to feel the true raw emotional power of his music.
Songs like Walking Blues and Kindhearted Woman Blues are among the most emotionally charged songs I have ever heard. Johnson's fantastic vocal range coupled with his unique guitar style (it actually sounds like there are 2 or 3 guitarists playing on this at times) make this an absolute classic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good budget price Robert Johnson 20 Oct 2008
By Pitoucat VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A useful collection of Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson's recordings, on two CDs in a slim jewel pack. Sound quality is quite good, without the execrable distortion to be found on some of the tracks of the similar Columbia Legacy set 64916. The cover claims that this set contains Johnson's "entire recorded output", but that's not so. Two recordings are missing. One is the first take of Travelling Riverside Blues, and the other the first take of Phonograph Blues, the two takes of which, included here, are both of the same, second take. The music, of course, is superb and indispensable, and if you are not too bothered about the missing tracks and duplication, it's a good value-for-money collection in reasonable sound, at a budget price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a foot note 7 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Add Dylan to the list of people intensely influenced by Johnson. He said in his auto biography that he heard Johnson's lyrics and it just blew his mind; it is easy to see why. Johnson seems to have acted as a watershed for blues singers, he increases the vocabulary and poetic licence that blues singers can express themselves with, he made it possible for the blues to grow into the profound art form it undoubtably is. His tragically limited [in quantity] recordings, all present on this album, are a major milestone, not just for blues music, but all of western music, from rock to hip hop.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary 24 Feb 2007
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Robert Johnson has inspired so many artists, it would be remiss to not have him in your collection. The recordings are a little dated, but it takes nothing away from the rawness of the music and the story telling in the lyrics. You can hear that Clapton, Jimmy Page and the Stones have been influenced by this artist more than any other when they perform their blues and rock music. The way he plays guitar will leave you breathless as you try to work out how he plays so many notes, accompanying himself, whilst sounding so spare and raw. You have a version of each recording he put out, in one package. If you desire alternative takes try the complete recordings CD which has an excellent booklet. This is not always an easy listen, but it is always a rewarding one!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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When I consider Cream and Led Zeppelin (and others) were playing their updated versions of this man's songs in the 60's, and it takes me 40 years to buy the album to find out why, I am thoroughly ashamed of myself not only for not doing so before, but also for admitting it. Why didn't I have the sense to get this album, on vinyl, years ago? No, I'm not being trendy simply because Eric Clapton has recorded an album titled 'Me And Robert Johnson,' yet if I am, maybe it's due to the Cream Albert Hall reunion DVD from last year more than anything else. More than a few times friends and even family have recommended THE Robert Johnson album, and I was and have been too darned stupid to take heed of their words, so if you're considering buying it, be wise BEFORE the event rather than after it, like me, and BUY IT NOW! Don't wait 40 years like this fool did! Your life will be so much richer for it, believe me! Within these 29 tracks you have everything popular music is today, and whether they care to admit it or not, and even if they have never heard this album, EVERY band who has ever walked onstage anywhere in this world owes Robert Johnson, and his influence is within THEIR songs. And considering the tracks were recorded in the corner of a room with one microphone, damn, they're good. Maybe this is what scared me away? I thought 70 year old recordings would be naff, but far from it. Now, no more pondering, just click the 'Buy Now' button!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaked through with Black America 30 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The music fan from Hull is right. This stuff has crawled out of a Mississipi swamp and is soaked through with the Black experience of the southern states of America. Until he died young from drinking bad whiskey, Robert Johnson had a typically difficult life - but you don't need a biography, you can hear it in the songs as he reaches out for beauty and hope. All the rock bands that copied this music never got close ....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Johnson - King of Blues 9 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Robert Johnson was and is one of the most influential artists of all time. Covers of gis songs have been recorded by various artist such as Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, White Stripes and the Chili Peppers to name a few. But none of them managed to capture the sound and pressence that Johnson did. As the first song "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" kicks in, you will wonder why did it take so long before you discouvered him. Classics all of them, "Sweet Home Chicago", "Stop Breaking Down Blues" and "They're Red Hot". The voice is seems tortured and full of pain. His guitar makes the sound that no guitarist had made from then until now. His life is already the stuff of legends. He was the first rock 'n' roll star. Just listen to these songs, they will change your life for the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Johnson Comp
Possibly the best comp of Robert Johnson on CD
Alternative takes of long lost tunes. Superb
Highly informative sleeve notes /info.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Johnson
Heard this on a friends ipod and just had to get it to hear more. It hasn't disappointed. It is for purists though and for an acknowledgement of Johnson's influence on music (Ralph... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Headintheclouds
4.0 out of 5 stars Bang for bucks!
Good album with great artwork! The pressing quality could be better but I didn't expect that to be great for this price!
Published on 20 July 2012 by FlorianF
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Johnson - The Complete Collection
The Complete Collection of Robert Johnson is just that. No ifs, ands or buts. Here is the blues legend's full recording legacy, with a few alternative takes thrown in for good... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by pdw
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM, BAD PRESSING - GET A PROPER COLUMBIA VERSION
This is a generic 'ripped-off' version of Columbia's 'Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings'. Aside from the dubious ethical practice involved in pilfering Columbia's catalogue... Read more
Published on 25 April 2010 by A. K. Johnston
1.0 out of 5 stars Absurd
I have not bought this album and the reason why is that Robert Johnson recorded 29 songs not 28 and for some absurd reason they have not included "Last Fair Deal" on this supposed... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2008 by Ms. Cj Glover
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
There is no doubting that Robert Johnson is one of the most influential musicians ever - Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Dylan etc have all acknowledged his influence, but... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2007 by Brian O'Hanrahanrahan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Review Blues
If I was Robert Johnson I could write a song about how difficult it is to write a review of this classic. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2006 by McDravid
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