The Road to Robert Johnson

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065779528
  • Catalog Number: 7795
  • Sales rank: 149,507

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walkin' Blues - Son House (2:57)
  2. 2 Mean Mistreater Mama - Leroy Carr (2:56)
  3. 3 Lead Pencil Blues - Johnny Temple (3:06)
  4. 4 Devil Got My Woman - Skip James (3:00)
  5. 5 Georgia Bound - Blind Blake (3:23)
  6. 6 Blue Ghost Blues - Lonnie Johnson (3:11)
  7. 7 Mr Carl's Blues - Carl Rafferty (3:06)
  8. 8 Change My Luck Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:24)
  9. 9 Things 'Bout Coming My Way - Tampa Red (3:15)
  10. 10 Police Station Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw (3:04)
  11. 11 Old Original Kokomo Blues - Kokomo Arnold (2:53)
  12. 12 Roll and Tumble Blues - Hambone Willie Newbern (3:02)
  13. 13 No Job Blues - Ramblin' Thomas (3:11)
  14. 14 Shelby County Blues - Big Bill Broonzy (3:19)
  15. 15 Booze and Blues - Ma Rainey (3:10)
  16. 16 You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die - Charley Patton (2:51)
  17. 17 20 20 Blues - Skip James (2:50)
  18. 18 Milk Cow Blues - Kokomo Arnold (3:09)
  19. 19 Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:04)
  20. 20 Life Saver Blues - Lonnie Johnson (3:05)
  21. 21 The Evil Devil Blues - Johnny Temple (3:12)
  22. 22 When the Sun Goes Down - Leroy Carr (2:57)
  23. 23 Red River Blues - Henry Thomas (3:07)
  24. 24 Dry Southern Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:51)
  25. 25 Show Me What You Got - Mississippi Sheiks (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kind Hearted Woman Blues - Robert Johnson (2:53)
  2. 2 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson (2:59)
  3. 3 Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson (2:59)
  4. 4 Ramblin' on My Mind - Robert Johnson (2:52)
  5. 5 When You Got a Good Friend - Robert Johnson (2:52)
  6. 6 Come on in My Kitchen - Robert Johnson (2:45)
  7. 7 Terraplane Blues - Robert Johnson (3:01)
  8. 8 Phonograph Blues - Robert Johnson (2:40)
  9. 9 32-20 Blues - Robert Johnson (2:50)
  10. 10 They're Red Hot - Robert Johnson (2:59)
  11. 11 Dead Shrimp Blues - Robert Johnson (2:32)
  12. 12 Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson (2:40)
  13. 13 Wlakin' Blues - Robert Johnson (2:30)
  14. 14 Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Robert Johnson (2:39)
  15. 15 Preachin' Blues - Robert Johnson (2:51)
  16. 16 If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day - Robert Johnson (2:36)
  17. 17 Stones in My Passway - Robert Johnson (2:28)
  18. 18 I'm a Steady Rollin' Man - Robert Johnson (2:37)
  19. 19 From Four Until Late - Robert Johnson (2:25)
  20. 20 Hell Hound on My Trail - Robert Johnson (2:37)
  21. 21 Little Queen of Spades - Robert Johnson (2:19)
  22. 22 Malted Milk - Robert Johnson (2:22)
  23. 23 Drunken Hearted Man - Robert Johnson (2:28)
  24. 24 Ma and the Devil Blues - Robert Johnson (2:35)
  25. 25 Stop Breakin' Down Blues - Robert Johnson (2:23)
  26. 26 Travelin' Riverside Blues - Robert Johnson (2:46)
  27. 27 Honeymoon Blues - Robert Johnson (2:18)
  28. 28 Love in Vain - Robert Johnson (2:18)
  29. 29 Milkcow's Calf Blues - Robert Johnson (2:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Country Blues, No. 1 - Muddy Waters (3:26)
  2. 2 I Be's Troubled - Muddy Waters (3:05)
  3. 3 Burr Clover Farm Blues - Muddy Waters (2:55)
  4. 4 Ramblin' Kid Blues - Muddy Waters (3:18)
  5. 5 Rosalie - Muddy Waters (3:03)
  6. 6 Take a Wailk with Me - Muddy Waters (3:02)
  7. 7 Burr Clover Blues - Muddy Waters (3:13)
  8. 8 I Be Bound to Write to You, No. 1 - Muddy Waters (3:23)
  9. 9 I Be Bound to Write to You, No. 2 - Muddy Waters (2:53)
  10. 10 You're Gonna Miss Me WHN I'm Gone, No. 1 - Muddy Waters (3:23)
  11. 11 You Got to Take Sick and Die Some of These Days - Muddy Waters (2:09)
  12. 12 Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You - Muddy Waters (2:09)
  13. 13 Country Blues, No. 2 - Muddy Waters (3:35)
  14. 14 You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone, No. 2 - Muddy Waters (3:41)
  15. 15 32-30 Blues - Muddy Waters (3:23)
  16. 16 Little Boy Blue - Robert Lockwood Jr. (3:05)
  17. 17 She's a Double-Crossin' Woman @@Calvin Franzier (2:50)
  18. 18 Friar's Point Blues - Robert Lee McCoy (2:50)
  19. 19 I'm a Highway Man - Big Joe Williams (2:53)
  20. 20 Evil Hearted Woman Blues - Johnny Shines (2:48)
  21. 21 Lilly Mae, No. 1 - Calvin Frazier (4:00)
  22. 22 Ramblin' - Johnny Shines (2:32)
  23. 23 Sweet Home Chicago - David Honeyboy Edwards (3:00)
  24. 24 Fishtail - Johnny Shines (2:29)
  25. 25 Muskadine Blues - Little Johnny Walter (3:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:47)
  2. 2 Long Lonesome Day - Homesick James Williamson (2:25)
  3. 3 Rollin' & Tumblin', Pt. 1 & 2 - Leroy Foster (5:28)
  4. 4 Johnnie Mae - Homesick James Williamson (2:47)
  5. 5 Stop Breaking My Heart @@Baby Boy Warren (2:35)
  6. 6 Standing at the Crossroads - Elmore James (2:47)
  7. 7 Lonesome Blues - Homesick James Williamson (2:21)
  8. 8 Homesick - Homesick James Williamson (3:07)
  9. 9 I Believe - Elmore James (3:16)
  10. 10 Rambling Blues - Johnny Shines (2:33)
  11. 11 Maggie Lee Blues - Johnny Shines (6:26)
  12. 12 You're the One That I Love - Johnny Shines (3:52)
  13. 13 Sweet Home Chicago - Johnny Shines (3:29)
  14. 14 Shake 'Em on Down - Johnny Shines (3:39)
  15. 15 Moanin' & Groanin' the Blues - Johnny Shines (5:24)
  16. 16 Terraplane Blues - Blind Will Dukes (3:04)
  17. 17 Dead Shrimp Blues - Blind Will Dukes (2:31)
  18. 18 Steady Rollin' Man - Blind Will Dukes (2:22)
  19. 19 Me and the Devil - Blind Will Dukes (2:20)
  20. 20 Mean Hearted Woman - Blind Will Dukes (2:29)
  21. 21 Ramblin' Blues - Blind Will Dukes (1:31)
  22. 22 Hobo Blues - Blind Will Dukes (1:41)
  23. 23 Milk Cow Blues - Blind Will Dukes (2:02)
  24. 24 Mistreated So Long - Blind Will Dukes (1:43)
  25. 25 Sail on Little Woman - Blind Will Dukes (2:06)
  26. 26 Hoodoo Man - Blind Will Dukes (2:08)
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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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 I 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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