100 Years of Robert Johnson

100 Years of Robert Johnson

by Big Head Blues Club


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100 Years of Robert Johnson

The Robert Johnson tribute album is nearly a rite of passage, a way to signal your deep love and understanding of the blues. Certainly, when Eric Clapton cuts a record of Johnson, it signals his roots -- and when Todd Rundgren dabbles, it smacks of a prank -- but when Big Head Todd & the Monsters do a centennial celebration of the legend, it feels something like a bid for credibility. To that end, the group has some heavy-hitters in its corner, with cameos by the legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, and Honeyboy Edwards lending this a blues authenticity that the group never quite managed previously, but 100 Years of Robert Johnson isn't anchored with a blues beat; it swings with some supper club soul-jazz and just a hint of clean popping funk, everything relaxed enough to allow for some solos that never last long enough to lose a listener's attention. There's not a lot of grit here, not even when the Big Head Blues Club strips down to acoustic guitars for "Kind Hearted Woman" or "All My Love's in Vain," and if there is no trace of a haunted soul in Todd Park Mohr's vocals -- something that does hamstring "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day" and "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" -- his singing suits the smooth, easy spirit of the sessions, one where the songs are an excuse to jam, not a reason to dig into the depths of a soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2011
Label: Big Records
UPC: 0730061001424
catalogNumber: 10014
Rank: 70787

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Head Blues Club   Primary Artist
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar,Guest Appearance
David "Honeyboy" Edwards   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Todd Park Mohr   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Brian Nevin   Drums
Rob Squires   Bass
Cedric Burnside   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Guest Appearance
Jeremy Lawton   Piano,Lap Steel Guitar,Hammond B3
Ruthie Foster   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lightnin' Malcolm   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Jon Leidersdorff   Engineer
Mark Berger   Art Direction
Chris Goldsmith   Producer
Alex Brahl   Executive Producer
Trevor Price   Web Design
Robert Leroy Johnson   Composer
Rob Lebret   Engineer
Carrie Lombardi   Publicity

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100 Years of Robert Johnson 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Robert Johnson since the mid-60's and am thoroughly enjoying this CD. My favorite track is "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day ". I hope they record/release his other 19 songs.