King Of Delta Blues Singers CD (1998)

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Label Sony
SKU 60107787
UPC 074646574621
UPC 14 00074646574621
Format CD
Release Date 9/15/1998
Links
Author Robert Johnson
Compilation Appearance American Roots Music
Compilation Appearance Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Compilation Appearance Rendezvous Lounge
Compilation Appearance Ricky Jay Plays Poker
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To The Blues
Compilation Appearance George Mitchell Collection
Compilation Appearance Slide Guitar:bottles Knives Steel
Compilation Appearance Nick Drake's Jukebox
Compilation Appearance All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Compilation Appearance Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Greatest Songs Of The 1930'S
Compilation Appearance Under The Influence:songs That Made T
Artist Influence Alberta Hunter
Artist Influence Bessie Smith
Artist Influence Charley Patton
Artist Influence Charlie Poole
Artist Influence Kokomo Arnold
Artist Influence Lonnie Johnson
Artist Influence Lucille Bogan
Artist Influence Ma Rainey
Artist Influence Mamie Smith
Artist Influence Skip James
Artist Influence Son House
Artist Contemporary Big Bill Broonzy
Artist Contemporary Big Joe Williams
Artist Contemporary Blind Lemon Jefferson
Artist Contemporary Blind Willie Johnson
Artist Contemporary Blind Willie McTell
Artist Contemporary Bukka White
Artist Contemporary Ed Bell
Artist Contemporary Elmore James
Artist Contemporary Furry Lewis
Artist Contemporary John Hammond, Jr.
Artist Contemporary Johnny Shines
Artist Contemporary Josh White
Artist Contemporary Lead Belly
Artist Contemporary Louisiana Red
Artist Contemporary Mississippi Fred McDowell
Artist Contemporary Mississippi John Hurt
Artist Contemporary Muddy Waters
Artist Contemporary Rev. Gary Davis
Artist Contemporary Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Artist Contemporary Sleepy John Estes
Artist Contemporary Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Contemporary Tampa Red
Artist Contemporary Tommy Johnson
Artist Contemporary Tommy McClennan
Artist Contemporary Walter Roland
Artist Contemporary Washboard Rhythm Kings
Artist Follower Alexis Korner
Artist Follower Alvin Youngblood Hart
Artist Follower CeDell Davis
Artist Follower Corey Harris
Artist Follower Elmore James
Artist Follower Eric Clapton
Artist Follower John Hammond (Drums)
Artist Follower John Lee Hooker
Artist Follower Keb' Mo'
Artist Follower Lightnin' Hopkins
Artist Follower Muddy Waters
Artist Follower Robert Cage
Artist Follower Ry Cooder
Artist Follower Taj Mahal
Artist Follower The Rolling Stones
Technical Info
Engineer Vincent Liebler
CatalogID 65746
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 09/15/1998
Original Release 1961
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 8s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00074646574621
Album Notes and Credits
This reissue of KING OF THE DELTA BLUES SINGERS contains 1 previously unreleased track.
Solo performer: Robert Johnson (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Producer: Don Law.
LP reissue producer: Frank Driggs.
CD reissue producer: Lawrence Cohn.
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas on November 23 & 26-27, 1936 and Dallas, Texas on June 19-20, 1937. Original LP released on Columbia Records (1961). Includes original liner notes by Frank Driggs. Includes reissue liner notes by Peter Guralnick.
Digitally remastered by Robert Vosgien (CMS Digital, Pasadena, California).
Solo performer: Robert Johnson (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Compilation producer: Frank Driggs.
Reissue producer: Lawrence Cohn.
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas on November 23 & 26-27, 1936 and Dallas, Texas on June 19-20, 1937.
This is part of Columbia/Legacy's Master Sound series.
Master Sound releases are 24-karat gold CDs remastered from first-generation masters. This process utilizes 20-bit technology and Sony's "Super Bit Mapping" system.
Personnel: Robert Johnson (vocals, guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Stanley Weiss.
Liner Note Author: Peter Guralnick.
Recording information: 11/23/1936-06/20/1937.
Editor: Frank Driggs.
Unknown Contributor Role: Michael Donaldson.
Of all the early blues singers and players, Robert Johnson towers above all the others. He lived fast, died young, and left a small body of music that laid the groundwork for electric blues as well as rock & roll. Johnson had a unique voice, capable of deep growlings and grumblings and eerie, almost ghostly wails and moans. His guitar illustrated his stories, making any other instruments irrelevant. His songs conveyed a sense of a man trying to outrun a pack of demons ("Hell Hound on My Trail," "Cross Road Blues"), were autobiographical ("I'm a Steady Rollin' Man") and, of course, dealt with love troubles ("From Four Until Late," "Love in Vain"). Johnson's songs have become blues standards--"Sweet Home Chicago," "Dust My Broom," and many others have been adapted by many rock bands, from the Rolling Stones' version of "Love in Vain" to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "They're Red Hot." If you want to hear the main architect of the twin dynasties of blues and rock & roll (who also influenced folk and country music), Robert Johnson is the man, and KING is a beautifully annotated introduction.
Artist Overview
Robert Johnson is the most legendary of Delta blues singers, and while the facts of his real life are scarce, tall tales abound--most commonly that he sold his soul to the devil in order to master the guitar. Johnson invested his music with frightening emotional power. His high, ghostly wail (not unlike that of Skip James) and his dauntingly nimble guitar work (at times it sounds like he has four hands) add drama to his songs, already rich in emotion. Though his entire catalog consists of a mere 29 songs recorded between 1936 and '37, Johnson's music cast a long shadow over following generations of bluesmen, and his influence on rock & roll--musically and mythically--has been profound.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.104) - Ranked #27 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Johnson recorded only twenty-nine songs, but their evanescent passion has resonated through the decades..."
Rolling Stone (12/2/70, p.50) - "...Johnson is just incredible: a great guitarist, a brilliant song writer, a tremendous singer...it's the highest art, the greatest beauty imaginable..."
Q (7/01, p.86) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time" - "...Music that is stark, possessed and frighteningly intense..."
Down Beat (5/24/62) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...He was a haunting singer and a poet....there is a variety of tempo and rhythm and attitude here that is a credit to the tradition, and in the hoarse directness of Johnson's voice there is an immediacy that cuts...through the 25 years since these tracks were made....His kind of emotional honesty takes bravery....Honor Robert Johnson...."
Down Beat (5/24/62) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...He was a haunting singer and a poet....there is a variety of tempo and rhythm and attitude here that is a credit to the tradition, and in the hoarse directness of Johnson's voice there is an immediacy that cuts...through the 25 years since these tracks were made....Those words are strong on paper, but when one hears Johnson sing them they are stronger still, and beautiful. His kind of emotional honesty takes bravery....Honor Robert Johnson...."
Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Living Blues (1-2/99, p.78) - "...will no doubt be irresistible to hardcore Johnson fans."
Disc 1
1 Crossroads Blues
2 Terraplane Blues
3 Come On In My Kitchen
4 Walkin' Blues
5 Last Fair Deal Gone Down
6 32-20 Blues
7 Kind Hearted Woman Blues
8 If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
9 Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
10 When You Got A Good Friend
11 Ramblin' On My Mind
12 Stones In My Passway
13 Traveling Riverside Blues
14 Milkcow's Calf Blues
15 Me And The Devil Blues
16 Hellhound On My Trail
17 Traveling Riverside Blues - (previously unreleased, alternate take)

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