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Road to Robert Johnson

The Road to Robert Johnson

During the last quarter of the 20th century, and thanks largely to Eric Clapton's remarkable devotion to his memory, Robert Leroy Johnson posthumously became the most celebrated Delta blues musician of the pre-WWII era. Among numerous editions of his complete works and various anthologies that


During the last quarter of the 20th century, and thanks largely to Eric Clapton's remarkable devotion to his memory, Robert Leroy Johnson posthumously became the most celebrated Delta blues musician of the pre-WWII era. Among numerous editions of his complete works and various anthologies that combine his recordings with those of his contemporaries and followers, J.S.P.'s The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond combines many of his essential performances with those by dozens of other blues artists from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Henry Thomas to Muddy Waters and Elmore James. 105 tracks fill four CDs with several decades' worth of strongly steeped blues that trace the African American migration from the deep south on up into Chicago. This is a fine way to savor the recorded evidence, as primary examples from Blind Blake, Charley Patton, Son House, Charlie McCoy, Walter Vincson, Skip James, Ma Rainey, Tampa Red, Kokomo Arnold, Scrapper Blackwell, Leroy Carr, Lonnie Johnson, and Peetie Wheatstraw lead directly to early modern masters like Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Temple, Leroy Foster, Johnny Shines, Homesick James Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Snooky Pryor, Little Walter, and David Honeyboy Edwards, among many others. This collection would be greatly enhanced by Edward Komara's The Road to Robert Johnson: The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta from the Late 1800s Through 1938, a highly regarded work of musicological scholarship published at the same time as J.S.P. released their similarly titled box set in 2007. Careful remastering and affordable pricing make this hefty stash of classic blues an excellent option for anyone who cares at all about where the music came from and how it evolved.

Product Details

Release Date:
Jsp Records


Disc 1

  1. Walkin' Blues
  2. Mean Mistreater Mama
  3. Lead Pencil Blues
  4. Devil Got My Woman
  5. Georgia Bound
  6. Blue Ghost Blues
  7. Mr Carl's Blues
  8. Change My Luck Blues
  9. Things 'Bout Coming My Way
  10. Police Station Blues
  11. Old Original Kokomo Blues
  12. Roll and Tumble Blues
  13. No Job Blues
  14. Shelby County Blues
  15. Booze and Blues
  16. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die
  17. 20 20 Blues
  18. Milk Cow Blues
  19. Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1
  20. Life Saver Blues
  21. The Evil Devil Blues
  22. When the Sun Goes Down
  23. Red River Blues
  24. Dry Southern Blues
  25. Show Me What You Got

Disc 2

  1. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  2. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
  3. Sweet Home Chicago
  4. Ramblin' on My Mind
  5. When You Got a Good Friend
  6. Come on in My Kitchen
  7. Terraplane Blues
  8. Phonograph Blues
  9. 32-20 Blues
  10. They're Red Hot
  11. Dead Shrimp Blues
  12. Cross Road Blues
  13. Wlakin' Blues
  14. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
  15. Preachin' Blues
  16. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
  17. Stones in My Passway
  18. I'm a Steady Rollin' Man
  19. From Four Until Late
  20. Hell Hound on My Trail
  21. Little Queen of Spades
  22. Malted Milk
  23. Drunken Hearted Man
  24. Ma and the Devil Blues
  25. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
  26. Travelin' Riverside Blues
  27. Honeymoon Blues
  28. Love in Vain
  29. Milkcow's Calf Blues

Disc 3

  1. Country Blues, No. 1
  2. I Be's Troubled
  3. Burr Clover Farm Blues
  4. Ramblin' Kid Blues
  5. Rosalie
  6. Take a Wailk with Me
  7. Burr Clover Blues
  8. I Be Bound to Write to You No. 1
  9. I Be Bound to Write to You No. 2
  10. You're Gonna Miss Me WHN I'm Gone No. 1
  11. You Got to Take Sick and Die Some of These Days
  12. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You
  13. Country Blues No. 2
  14. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone No. 2
  15. 32-30 Blues
  16. Little Boy Blue
  17. She's a Double-Crossin' Woman @@Calvin Franzier
  18. Friar's Point Blues
  19. I'm a Highway Man
  20. Evil Hearted Woman Blues
  21. Lilly Mae No. 1
  22. Ramblin'
  23. Sweet Home Chicago
  24. Fishtail
  25. Muskadine Blues

Disc 4

  1. Dust My Broom
  2. Long Lonesome Day
  3. Rollin' & Tumblin', Pts. 1-2
  4. Johnnie Mae
  5. Stop Breaking My Heart @@Baby Boy Warren
  6. Standing at the Crossroads
  7. Lonesome Blues
  8. Homesick
  9. I Believe
  10. Rambling Blues
  11. Maggie Lee Blues
  12. You're the One That I Love
  13. Sweet Home Chicago
  14. Shake 'Em on Down
  15. Moanin' & Groanin' the Blues
  16. Terraplane Blues
  17. Dead Shrimp Blues
  18. Steady Rollin' Man
  19. Me and the Devil
  20. Mean Hearted Woman
  21. Ramblin' Blues
  22. Hobo Blues
  23. Milk Cow Blues
  24. Mistreated So Long
  25. Sail on Little Woman
  26. Hoodoo Man

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Guitar,Vocals
Scrapper Blackwell   Guitar
Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals
Leroy Carr   Piano,Vocals
Skip James   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Little Walter   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Peetie Wheatstraw   Guitar,Vocals
Big Joe Williams   Guitar,Vocals
James Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Tampa Red   Guitar
Don Redman   Clarinet
Johnny Jones   Piano
Lazy Bill Lucas   Piano
Homesick James Williamson   Guitar,Vocals
Hambone Willie Newbern   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Lockwood   Guitar,Vocals
Ramblin' Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
George Jackson   Guitar
Blind Blake   Guitar,Vocals
Snooky Pryor   Harmonica
Sampson Pittman   Guitar
Ma Rainey   Vocals
Charles Berry   Guitar
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Chatmon   Violin
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
David "Honeyboy" Edwards   Guitar,Vocals
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Louis Ford   Mandolin
Leroy Foster   Drums,Vocals
Jewell L. Grant   Baritone Saxophone
Charles Hamilton   Bass
Son House   Guitar,Vocals
Elmore James   Guitar,Vocals
Odie Johnson   Bass
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Moody Jones   Bass
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Charlie McCoy   Guitar
Robert Lee McCoy   Guitar,Vocals
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Frock O'Dell   Drums
Odie Payne   Drums
James Parr   Trumpet
Lawrence Riley   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar,Drums
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Johnny Shines   Guitar,Vocals
Henry "Son" Sims   Guitar,Violin
Percy Thomas   Guitar
Baby Boy Warren   Guitar,Vocals
Albert Williams   Piano
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harmonica
Calvin Frazier   Guitar,Vocals
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Green   Trombone
Johnny Temple   Guitar,Vocals
Howard H. Scott   Cornet
Carl Rafferty   Vocals
Napoleon Fletcher   Piano
Walter Vincson   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Brown & Woodie   Guitar
Jimmy Tarrant   Drums
James Walker   Washboard
Blind Will Dukes   Guitar,Vocals
Dickie Houston   Drums

Technical Credits

Neil Slaven   Liner Notes

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