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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Robert Johnson

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Robert Johnson

by Robert Johnson
     
 
He’s known as the King of the Delta Blues, and for good reason. Robert Johnson may not have invented the genre, but he exemplified everything artful about the music itself. Johnson absorbed all there was to glean from the musical sounds about him in the early 1930s, transforming them into a personal vision of the blues that has an immediacy still felt to this very day

Overview

He’s known as the King of the Delta Blues, and for good reason. Robert Johnson may not have invented the genre, but he exemplified everything artful about the music itself. Johnson absorbed all there was to glean from the musical sounds about him in the early 1930s, transforming them into a personal vision of the blues that has an immediacy still felt to this very day, almost 70 years after his untimely death. With his unearthly voice and strikingly skillful guitar work, Johnson made practically each of the self-composed songs he recorded an event. And what songs! This set ropes together some of the most famous, including “Rambling on My Mind,” “Love in Vain,” “Cross Road Blues,” and “Stop Breaking Down Blues” -- immortal tunes made familiar to rock audiences decades later through countless cover versions. An excellent introduction to Johnson, this single disc will inevitably send a listener in search of the comprehensive double-CD set, The Complete Recordings.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Robert Johnson may not have been as innovative in the country blues field as many people think, but as one of the last of the great Delta players to record, he brought a late-era refinement to his material, and with striking songs like "Love in Vain," "Hellhound on My Trail," and the assured "Last Fair Deal Gone Down," he certainly deserves his lofty position in the early blues canon. This set has all of those, but lacks some key tracks, most notably the impressive "Stones in My Passway," and while it makes a decent introduction to Johnson, there is really no reason not to simply pick up the double-disc Complete Recordings on Columbia. It has the best sound, the best liner notes, and everything is there, alternate takes and all.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969049426
catalogNumber:
90494

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Johnson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Marvin Sewell   Guitar
Keb' Mo'   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Cassandra Wilson   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Jeff Haynes   Contributor
Robert Johnson   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
John Porter   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Linda Chang   Packaging Manager
Paul "PDA" Allen   Executive Producer
Richard Hutton   Producer
Ellen Nygaard   Icon
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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