Complete Recordings [CASSETTE] Box set
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Standing on the shoulders of the great delta blues giants like Son House and Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson took accoustic blues to reach it's pre-war peak, before amplifiers and the electric guitar came in.
As a singer he is passionate rather than technically brilliant, but it is as an accoustic blues guiitarist that he is unsurpassed - not just my view but Eric Clapton's as well. No-one else could play such a variety of styles with such power, feeling and emotion. In fact so skillful was his playing that when Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones first heard it, he was conviced that there were two people on the record - one doing the lead work and one doing the bass runs, rather than Johnson managing both simultaneously.
The best thing about this CD is that it has every single take that he ever recorded - from the intense, crazed "Preaching Blues (Up jumped the Devil)" to the slow, moving "Come on in my Kitchen" which, according to Johnny Shines, reduced men to tears when Johnson played it live.
If you only have one accoustic blues CD in your collection - this is the one it should be.
One of the most finely-carved of these signatures belongs to Robert Johnson, one of the great early contributors to the blues, and one whose legacy and influence on so many of those who came later cannot be overstated.
Despite his significance to the blues, Johnson's name never seems to have attained the same level of general familiarity as those of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker etc. Indeed, I only discovered him after watching the film The Ghosts of Mississippi with Alec Baldwin, James Woods and Whoopi Goldberg. At one point, Baldwin visits the brother of a murdered civil rights activist who is the DJ of a small southern radio station; at the end of their chat, the DJ puts on a new record which he introduces with words to the effect of "now for something from the grandfather of the blues, Robert Johnson". You only hear the first few notes of the record, but it was enough to intrigue me and to make me look into the man. WELL! What a revelation!
There is very little I can add to what has already been said about Johnson except to say his records really sound as if there are three of them playing! I don't possess enough of a technical knowledge of music to specifically describe what the guy is up to, but can only try to explain that his guitar-playing is unlike anything I've heard before and that his rythmic structures are Just Brilliant. Truly a guitar virtuoso!Read more ›
Essential for any music fan, especially those into the psychedelic and blues rock of the 1960s
Columbia's so called "The Complete Recordings [Box set]" in fact contains only 41 tracks (only one take of "Traveling Riverside Blues") - the second take surfaced after the Box Set was released.
The Recall 2CD set "Steady Rollin Man" (SMD CD 234) is to my knowledge the only truly complete collection with both takes of "Traveling Riverside Blues", a total of 42 tracks
Much as I love Clapton, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, etc, Johnson is just incredible: better than the lot of them, and the best guitarist I have ever heard, even above the great Clapton himself.
1. Kindhearted Woman Blues
2. Kindhearted Woman Blues
3. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
4. Sweet Home Chicago
5. Rambling On My Mind
6. Rambling On My Mind
7. When You Got A Good Friend
8. When You Got A Good Friend
9. Come On In My Kitchen
10. Come On In My Kitchen
11. Terraplane Blues
12. Phonograph Blues
13. Phonograph Blues
14. 32-20 Blues
15. They're Red Hot
16. Dead Shrimp Blues
17. Cross Road Blues
18. Walking Blues
19. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
(Thanks to Ric for a correction to the last 4 tracks)
1. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
2. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
3. Stones In My Passway
4. I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
5. From Four Till Late
6. Hellhound On My Trail
7. Little Queen Of Spades
8. Little Queen Of Spades
9. Malted Milk
10. Drunken Hearted Man
11. Drunken Hearted Man
12. Me And The Devil Blues
13. Me And The Devil Blues
14. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
15. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
16. Travelling Riverside Blues
17. Honeymoon Blues
18. Love In Vain
19. Love In Vain
20. Milkcow's Calf Blues
21. Milkcow's Calf Blues
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As history of the birth of music this is the just past conception. Read more
The genius from the crossroads.....a man ahead of his time. The prototype....If only music could have a visionary like this today. This is what we need !Published 9 months ago by Steve Barlow
Loads of tracks from the master. The sound is one of a historical recording but it is interesting to hear the origin of so much British blues. Read morePublished 11 months ago by baz123
Interesting but dated collection of seminal blues recordings which show how much we've progressed. Unfortunately, after four or five tracks, they all start to sound the same. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. G. Loudon