100 Years of Robert Johnson

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Robert Johnson tribute album is nearly a rite of passage, a way to signal your deep love and understanding of the blues. Certainly, when Eric Clapton cuts a record of Johnson, it signals his roots -- and when Todd Rundgren dabbles, it smacks of a prank -- but when Big Head Todd & the Monsters do a centennial celebration of the legend, it feels something like a bid for credibility. To that end, the group has some heavy-hitters in its corner, with cameos by the legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, and Honeyboy Edwards lending this a blues authenticity that the group never quite managed previously, but 100 Years of Robert Johnson isn't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Robert Johnson tribute album is nearly a rite of passage, a way to signal your deep love and understanding of the blues. Certainly, when Eric Clapton cuts a record of Johnson, it signals his roots -- and when Todd Rundgren dabbles, it smacks of a prank -- but when Big Head Todd & the Monsters do a centennial celebration of the legend, it feels something like a bid for credibility. To that end, the group has some heavy-hitters in its corner, with cameos by the legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, and Honeyboy Edwards lending this a blues authenticity that the group never quite managed previously, but 100 Years of Robert Johnson isn't anchored with a blues beat; it swings with some supper club soul-jazz and just a hint of clean popping funk, everything relaxed enough to allow for some solos that never last long enough to lose a listener's attention. There's not a lot of grit here, not even when the Big Head Blues Club strips down to acoustic guitars for "Kind Hearted Woman" or "All My Love's in Vain," and if there is no trace of a haunted soul in Todd Park Mohr's vocals -- something that does hamstring "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day" and "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" -- his singing suits the smooth, easy spirit of the sessions, one where the songs are an excuse to jam, not a reason to dig into the depths of a soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Big Records
  • UPC: 730061001424
  • Catalog Number: 10014
  • Sales rank: 57,453

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Head Blues Club Primary Artist
Big Head Todd & the Monsters Indexed Contributor
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Hubert Sumlin Guitar, Guest Appearance
David Honeyboy Edwards Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Todd Park Mohr Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Brian Nevin Drums
Rob Squires Bass
Cedric Burnside Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Guest Appearance
Jeremy Lawton Piano, Lap Steel Guitar, Hammond B3
Ruthie Foster Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lightnin' Malcolm Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jimmy Hoyson Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Jon Leidersdorff Engineer
Mark Berger Art Direction
Chris Goldsmith Producer
Alex Brahl Executive Producer
Trevor Price Web Design
Robert Leroy Johnson Composer
Rob Lebret Engineer
Carrie Lombardi Publicity
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    Fantastic CD

    I've been a fan of Robert Johnson since the mid-60's and am thoroughly enjoying this CD. My favorite track is "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day ". I hope they record/release his other 19 songs.

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