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Robert Johnson - King Of The Delta Blues Singers - Vol 1 - Blues - 180 Gram - LP
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Robert Johnson - King Of The Delta Blues Singers

Label: Columbia
Format: Vinyl, LP
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Country: US
Recorded: 1961

Genre: Blues
Style: Delta Blues


Tracklisting:

SIDE 1
A1 Crossroads Blues (2:28)
A2 Terraplane Blues (2:58)
A3 Come On In My Kitchen (2:46)
A4 Walking Blues (2:28)
A5 Last Fair Deal Gown Down (2:38)
A6 32-20 Blues (2:50)
A7 Kindhearted Woman Blues (2:50)
A8 If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day (2:34)

SIDE 2
B1 Preaching Blues (2:50)
B2 When You Got A Good Friend (2:35)
B3 Rambling On My Mind (2:49)
B4 Stones In My Passway (2:25)
B5 Traveling Riverside Blues (2:43)
B6 Milkcow's Calf Blues (2:14)
B7 Me And The Devil Blues (2:30)
B8 Hellhound On My Trail (2:36)






Robert Johnson - Walking Blues

Fans of the great Son House will immediately recognize his "Walkin' Blues," with Johnson's subtle embellishments and high singing contrasting with House's basso vocals. Just as with House's original, this is one that will grab you right off. Johnson's guitar literally walks along, just as the title suggests





Robert Johnson - Hellhound On My Trail

R Grimes uses the only two photos and Studio Software to bring legendary Blues Man Robert Johnson to life. Two music videos Hell hound on my trail and Devils Blues.( This Track Is Not on this LP)







Robert Johnson - Hellhound On My Trail

Dutch Short Film by Julian Frenky and Stefan Guiseppe

"Hellhound On My Trail" is unquestionably another masterpiece, featuring chilling lyrics describing the frenetic pace of being pursued by dark forces, be they simple bad luck or something far more sinister. Johnson's voice perfectly conveys his dread, sorrow, and desperation at his plight, as he wields his guitar into producing a minor chord dread all its own. This one will definitely spike your hackles. Magnificently frightening.





Robert Johnson - Crossroads

The opening of "Crossroad Blues" absolutely made me tingle, with that stunning bottleneck and Johnson's incredible wailing of despair. Anyone who has seen the movie "Crossroads" will immediately recognize this as the song used at the very beginning showing Johnson playing with his back to the recording engineers. Could ANYTHING possibly better convey a man's sorrow?




Robert Johnson - Preaching Blues

Keb' Mo lipsyncing to Robert Johnson's classic Preachin' Blues. From the Robert Johnson documentary Can't You Hear The Wind Howl

"Preachin Blues" is fantastic, another rework of Son House, featuring the forever classic opening line "I woke up this morning, with the blues walking like a man." Johnson goes into intricate and aggressive bottleneck played at breakneck speed, bellowing his vocals. Stunning work, full of fire and crackle, without doubt.




Robert Johnson preaching blues (up jumped the devil)

There's so much going on at the same time to think its a solo performance still blows my mind, he is doing the work of at least 3 separate people..the shuffling bass/percussion section, wild careening slide guitar melody, weird ass spooky vocals, tricky arrangement that makes one guitar sound like a band.



Robert Johnson - Traveling Riverside Blues

This isn't the Led Zeppelin version...its the original one that legendary blues man Robert Johnson wrote way back when. Covered on the CODA album from Led Zeppelin. You can see clearly how this inspired many great rock artists..

"Traveling Riverside Blues" features the same tune as "Judgement Day," but played more softly and slowly, with commensurate singing, loaded with such lecherous spoken asides as "Squeeze my lemon, baby" and "Yeah, you know what I'm talkin' about!" This song should be well known to even the casual RJ listener.







What he lacks in a backup band, he more than makes up for with a soulful voice, and great guitar playing. You can really hear the emotion pouring out of this man.

If you have an open mind and want to experience where the blues came from, you can't go wrong with this album. The version of "Traveling Riverside Blues" is worth the price alone.

This album, originally released in '61 or '62 was the one Clapton and Richards and countless others listened to and went on to rock'n'roll greatness.

If you are only familiar with electric blues as BB King, Buddy Guy, or SRV recorded them in the 70's or 80's you will have to step back in time to a land without electric guitars or wah wah pedals ... this guy sang his heart out, and played both rhythm and lead guitar at the same time the way Hendrix and SRV would later on.

He was not the only blues artist recorded this early on but was the most influential, and by now, the most famous ... everyone from Clapton to Willie Nelson has recorded his songs, and still do..






"Terraplane Blues" was Johnson's sole hit, and one can see why, with its up strange, halting time signature and sexual innuendo put to lyrics about a car.

"Come On In My Kitchen" is simply magnificent, and Elijah Wald's opinion of it as one of Johnson's true masterpieces is well deserved. Johnson, plays a mournful guitar intro with his humming, then finally opens with the words, practically cried out: "You better come on...in my kitchen...well, it's going to be raining outdoors." Johnson's voice and playing are simply sublime, with his singing simultaneously conveying sorrow and seduction, with his guitar perfectly mirroring his voice, then mimicking the sound of wind, as he whispers "Aaah, don't you hear that wind howling?"

One can easily understand how, as told by Johnson's longtime playing companion, Johnny Shines, when Johnson once very slowly played this piece for a crowd, Shines looked up, only to be startled to see that the entire audience, men and women alike, had been reduced to tears. No other way to say it...pure magic!

"32-20 Blues" features Johnson covering the Skip James song about another handgun caliber, "22-20 Blues," which was originally played with piano. Johnson does a clever remake of the piano part using his guitar, with some rather shockingly violent lyrics directed at a cheating woman. Not the stuff of gentleness in "Kitchen," most definitely.

"If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" features a very familiar tune, for those of you who have heard the song more commonly attributed to Muddy Waters titled "Rollin' and Tumblin'." Johnson bellows his words in an almost hysterical Elmore James manner, but, with that infectious guitar propelling him along. The creaking of his guitar is even clear as he plays with such energy as to flex the neck.


"Me And The Devil Blues" features the eerie opening lyric "I woke up this morning/You knocked upon my door. I said "Hello, Satan"/"I believe it's time to go." Johnson's voice slides back and forth between sorrowful and desperate. Brilliant!

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 16 May, 2011.
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