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Format: CD
Sku: 60107787
UPC: 074646574621
UPC 14: 00074646574621
Release Date: 9/15/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Crossroads Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
2. Terraplane Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
3. Come On In My Kitchen ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
4. Walkin' Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
5. Last Fair Deal Gone Down ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
6. 32-20 Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
7. Kind Hearted Woman Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
8. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
9. Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
10. When You Got A Good Friend ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
11. Ramblin' On My Mind ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
12. Stones In My Passway ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
13. Traveling Riverside Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
14. Milkcow's Calf Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
15. Me And The Devil Blues ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
16. Hellhound On My Trail ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
17. Traveling Riverside Blues - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Robert Johnson (Blues)
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This reissue of KING OF THE DELTA BLUES SINGERS contains 1 previously unreleased track.
Muze PNote Solo performer: Robert Johnson (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Muze PNote Producer: Don Law.
Muze PNote LP reissue producer: Frank Driggs.
Muze PNote CD reissue producer: Lawrence Cohn.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Robert Vosgien (CMS Digital, Pasadena, California).
Muze PNote Solo performer: Robert Johnson (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Frank Driggs.
Muze PNote Reissue producer: Lawrence Cohn.
Muze PNote Recorded in San Antonio, Texas on November 23 & 26-27, 1936 and Dallas, Texas on June 19-20, 1937.
Muze PNote This is part of Columbia/Legacy's Master Sound series.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Personnel: Robert Johnson (vocals, guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Stanley Weiss.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Peter Guralnick.
Muze PNote Recording information: 11/23/1936-06/20/1937.
Muze PNote Editor: Frank Driggs.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Michael Donaldson.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Vincent Liebler

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Roots Of The White Stripes
Muze Music Compilations Doors Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Songs Of The 1930'S
Muze Music Compilations Bottleneck Blues
Muze Music Compilations Ricky Jay Plays Poker
Muze Music Compilations Rendezvous Lounge
Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To The Blues
Muze Music Compilations George Mitchell Collection
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox

Associated Artists and Works

100 Years of Robert Johnson ~ Big Head Blues Club
100 Years of Robert Johnson ~ Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Green, Peter
Green, Peter (Blues Rock)
Green, Peter (British)
Hooker, John Lee
John Hammond, Jr.
Todd Rundgren's Johnson ~ Rundgren, Todd

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/15/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1961
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 65746
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00074646574621

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."

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