Complete Recordings

The Complete Recordings

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by Robert Johnson
     
 

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Robert Johnson the most mythical figure in all of blues, played his music with the cool, calculation, and self-possession of an assassin. Believe him when he sings (of an allegedly "Kindhearted Woman") that "she studies evil all the time," but listen more closely for the real story. The guitar is playing a deep, murderous counterpoint to the lyric. If anyone has

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Robert Johnson the most mythical figure in all of blues, played his music with the cool, calculation, and self-possession of an assassin. Believe him when he sings (of an allegedly "Kindhearted Woman") that "she studies evil all the time," but listen more closely for the real story. The guitar is playing a deep, murderous counterpoint to the lyric. If anyone has studied evil, it's the man picking those marrow-chilling phrases -- no wonder legend has him striking a deal with the devil in exchange for his soul-stirring sound. This two-disc collection, which gathers every take Johnson ever put to tape, finds the blues legend embodying the dual thrusts of African-American music: calculated abandon and icy passion. His piercing vocal and devastatingly seductive riffing is so unsettling that he can sing "two and two is four" (in "Sweet Home Chicago") and leave his listener in doubt whether even that is the simple truth. When he moves from math to rhetorical questions -- "Baby, don't you want to go?" -- there's more confusion. The mind knows not to go, no good could come of this man, but the heart and the body hopelessly follow that killer falsetto. Combine this haunting music with a package of extensive notes, and you've got the biggest-selling blues box set in history.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644622225
catalogNumber:
46222

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Kindhearted Woman Blues
  2. Kindhearted Woman Blues
  3. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
  4. Sweet Home Chicago
  5. Rambling on My Mind
  6. Rambling On My Mind
  7. When You Got a Good Friend
  8. When You Got A Good Friend
  9. Come On In My Kitchen
  10. Come On In My Kitchen
  11. Terraplane Blues
  12. Phonograph Blues
  13. Phonograph Blues
  14. 32-20 Blues
  15. They're Red Hot
  16. Dead Shrimp Blues
  17. Cross Road Blues
  18. Cross Road Blues
  19. Walking Blues
  20. Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Disc 2

  1. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
  2. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
  3. Stones in My Passway
  4. I'm a Steady Rollin' Man
  5. From Four Till Late
  6. Hellhound on My Trail
  7. Little Queen of Spades
  8. Little Queen Of Spades
  9. Malted Milk
  10. Drunken Hearted Man
  11. Drunken Hearted Man
  12. Me And The Devil Blues
  13. Me And The Devil Blues
  14. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
  15. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
  16. Traveling Riverside Blues
  17. Honeymoon Blues
  18. Love in Vain
  19. Love In Vain
  20. Milkcow's Calf Blues
  21. Milkcow's Calf Blues

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The Complete Recordings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jim-Provocateur More than 1 year ago
If you want to garner insight into the blues, and modern rock and roll, I cannot think of a better place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Earl is right, this is some really good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Music that was made not for the consumer, not for the marketplace, but for the individual. This is music in it's purest form, no appeal for anything remotely commercial. If you want to hear the exact opposite of everything that the popular music machine (radio, MTV, magazines, record companies) have created over the past century, this is it. This is extremely difficult music, but listening to it garners more rewards than any art form mankind has created. And if that sounds like a rather steep claim to you, then listen to Hellhound On My Trail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best music I've ever heard. No body can play the Blues like Robert Johnson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Johnson led an enigmatic life that was very blue in the end. While he was alive he created the best Blues yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago