Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection

Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection

by Robert Johnson
     
 

In practical terms, there's not much need for Robert Johnson's The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection. There are no undiscovered master or alternate takes, new remastering can only improve the original acetates and 78s so much, and apart from the sequencing of alternate takes after the masters, a debatable merit for listenability, the original 1990See more details below

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In practical terms, there's not much need for Robert Johnson's The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection. There are no undiscovered master or alternate takes, new remastering can only improve the original acetates and 78s so much, and apart from the sequencing of alternate takes after the masters, a debatable merit for listenability, the original 1990 box set The Complete Recordings did everything right. So, The Centennial Collection exists to celebrate Johnson's 100th birthday, and to offer improved sequencing and sound, both of which are evident on the double-disc set that provides the foundation for this entire reissue project. As strong as this compilation is, what's really noteworthy in this centennial celebration is the box set designed for the very wealthy among us, a handsome, lavish fetish object for collectors coming complete with a hardcover book containing 45-rpm replicas of the original 78-rpm singles; a double disc of Johnson's originals; a double disc of Rarities from the Vault that places Johnson into the context of his times by offering a disc of blues cut between 1928-1932 and a disc of Texas country, folk, and Mexican music; and then a DVD documentary of Johnson's legacy. Naturally, this luxurious item is more attractive and interesting than its bare-bones companion, but it doesn't necessarily offer greater musical insight than its slimmer cousin. Johnson's legacy can fit onto a mere two discs, so the rest of the set is essentially well-dressed extras, with the two CDs of contemporary blues, country, and folk offering a nice sampling of Johnson's peers even if they're by no means extensive. And when you spring for a set of this magnitude, what matters isn't the content so much as the presentation -- and in that regard, the four-disc set is impeccable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886978590725
catalogNumber:
785907
Rank:
774

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Kind Hearted Woman Blues  - Robert Johnson
  2. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom  - Robert Johnson
  3. Sweet Home Chicago  - Robert Johnson
  4. Ramblin' On My Mind  - Robert Johnson
  5. When You Got a Good Friend  - Robert Johnson
  6. Come On In My Kitchen  - Robert Johnson
  7. Terraplane Blues  - Robert Johnson
  8. Phonograph Blues  - Robert Johnson
  9. 32-20 Blues  - Robert Johnson
  10. They're Red Hot  - Robert Johnson
  11. Dead Shrimp Blues  - Robert Johnson
  12. Cross Road Blues  - Robert Johnson
  13. Walkin' Blues  - Robert Johnson
  14. Last Fair Deal Gone Down  - Robert Johnson
  15. Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)  - Robert Johnson
  16. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day  - Robert Johnson
  17. Kind Hearted Woman Blues  - Robert Johnson
  18. Ramblin' On My Mind  - Robert Johnson
  19. When You Got a Good Friend  - Robert Johnson
  20. Come On In My Kitchen  - Robert Johnson
  21. Phonograph Blues  - Robert Johnson
  22. Cross Road Blues  - Robert Johnson

Disc 2

  1. Stones In My Passway  - Robert Johnson
  2. I'm a Steady Rollin' Man  - Robert Johnson
  3. From Four Until Late  - Robert Johnson
  4. Hell Hound On My Trail  - Robert Johnson
  5. Little Queen of Spades  - Robert Johnson
  6. Malted Milk  - Robert Johnson
  7. Drunken Hearted Man  - Robert Johnson
  8. Me and the Devil Blues  - Robert Johnson
  9. Stop Breakin' Down Blues  - Robert Johnson
  10. Traveling Riverside Blues  - Robert Johnson
  11. Honeymoon Blues  - Robert Johnson
  12. Love In Vain Blues  - Robert Johnson
  13. Milkcow's Calf Blues  - Robert Johnson
  14. A Little Queen of Spades  - Robert Johnson
  15. Drunken Hearted Man  - Robert Johnson
  16. Me and the Devil Blues  - Robert Johnson
  17. Stop Breakin' Down Blues  - Robert Johnson
  18. Guitar Figure /Traveling  - Robert Johnson
  19. Johnson Speaks /Love In Vain Blu  - Robert Johnson
  20. Milkcow's Calf Blues  - Robert Johnson

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