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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 22 April 2008
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.4 x 12.8 x 0.99 cm; 102.06 Grams
- Manufacturer : SONY MUSIC UK
- Manufacturer reference : 886972967523
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Label : SONY MUSIC UK
- ASIN : B0015LBJ9O
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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UK pressing of this two CD collection from the Blues legend. This collection lives up to it's title, containing every known recording by Johnson, including alternate takes. Though the 41 tracks in this double disc set were recorded in a span of only eight months (November 1936-June 1937), Johnson left behind a musical legacy that continues to influence and inspire. Features tracks like 'Sweet Home Chicago', 'Love in Vain' and 'Hellhound on My Trail', which are now considered Blues standards. Camden.
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Now, I had read that, in the early shellac days, recordings would sometimes be speeded up – either to get songs to fit on a disc or to make a performance sound more exciting.
So, I tried an experiment.
Purely for my own use, I utilized some software to slow down the music a little, allowing the pitch to lower accordingly.
Listening to my slower version of the recording, I heard an excellent, rich baritone voice and well-phrased guitar-playing which was complex and melodic and well within the capabilities of today's better guitarists.
So, I have a choice. I can listen to the discs as they sounded to buyers in the 1930's; or I can listen to what I like to think live audiences heard in the 1930's.
I listen to the slower versions. Pure magic!
This set doesn't disappoint me in the least - As Mr Davies-Jones has stated so admirably in his review, all his recordings are here, some stacked one on top of the other so you can get a feel for the way his music developed in the short time he was recording.
And Kevyns comment about "Come into my Kitchen"?
The opening 30 seconds on the first take made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Absolutely electrifying, and the words are well..... you'll have to buy the set because simply writing them down can't do them justice.
£4.46 for 40 tracks?
I didn't have to think about it.
If you like early American acoustic blues,and you don't have it in your collection, this set is well worth the money.