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King Of The Delta Blues Singers

Robert Johnson

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Reading about the power inherent in Robert Johnson's music is one thing, but actually experiencing it is another matter entirely. The official 1998 edition of the original 1961 album was certainly worth the wait, remastered off the best quality original 78s available, of far superior quality to any of the source materials used on even the 1991 box set. Johnson's guitar takes on a fullness never heard on previous reissues, and except for a nagging hiss in spots on "Terraplane Blues" (the equalization on this disc is extreme, to even sport some minute turntable rumble in the low end), this really brings his music alive. If there is such a thing as a greatest-hits package available on Johnson, this landmark album, which jump-started the whole '60s blues revival, would certainly be the one. The majority of Johnson's best-known tunes, the ones that made the legend, are all aboard: "Crossroads," "Walkin' Blues," "Me & the Devil Blues," "Come On In My Kitchen," and the apocalyptic visions contained in "Hellhound On My Trail" are the blues at its finest, the lyrics sheer poetry. And making its first appearance anywhere is a newly discovered (in 1998) alternate take of "Traveling Riverside Blues" that's appended to the original 16-track lineup. If you are starting your blues collection from the ground up, be sure to make this your very first purchase.

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1
Cross Road Blues (Album Version)
00:02:29

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Terraplane Blues (Album Version)
00:03:01

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Come On In My Kitchen (Album Version)
00:02:52

R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Walkin' Blues (Album Version)
00:02:30

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Album Version)
00:02:39

R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
32-20 Blues (Album Version)
00:02:50

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Kind Hearted Woman Blues (Album Version)
00:02:51

R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day (Album Version)
00:02:36

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) (Album Version)
00:02:52

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
When You Got A Good Friend (Album Version)
00:02:38

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Ramblin' On My Mind (Album Version)
00:02:52

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Stones In My Passway (Album Version)
00:02:28

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Traveling Riverside Blues (Album Version)
00:02:47

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Milkcow's Calf Blues (Album Version)
00:02:17

R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Me And The Devil Blues (Album Version)
00:02:34

R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Hell Hound On My Trail (Album Version)
00:02:37

Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Traveling Riverside Blues (Alternate Take)
00:02:39

R. Johnson, Composer - Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Don Law, Producer

Originally recorded 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

Reading about the power inherent in Robert Johnson's music is one thing, but actually experiencing it is another matter entirely. The official 1998 edition of the original 1961 album was certainly worth the wait, remastered off the best quality original 78s available, of far superior quality to any of the source materials used on even the 1991 box set. Johnson's guitar takes on a fullness never heard on previous reissues, and except for a nagging hiss in spots on "Terraplane Blues" (the equalization on this disc is extreme, to even sport some minute turntable rumble in the low end), this really brings his music alive. If there is such a thing as a greatest-hits package available on Johnson, this landmark album, which jump-started the whole '60s blues revival, would certainly be the one. The majority of Johnson's best-known tunes, the ones that made the legend, are all aboard: "Crossroads," "Walkin' Blues," "Me & the Devil Blues," "Come On In My Kitchen," and the apocalyptic visions contained in "Hellhound On My Trail" are the blues at its finest, the lyrics sheer poetry. And making its first appearance anywhere is a newly discovered (in 1998) alternate take of "Traveling Riverside Blues" that's appended to the original 16-track lineup. If you are starting your blues collection from the ground up, be sure to make this your very first purchase.

© Cub Koda /TiVo

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