King Of The Delta Blues Singers
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|Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 15 September 1998||
Vinyl, Import, 7 April 2009
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 12.45 x 1.02 cm; 113.4 Grams
- Manufacturer : LEGACY
- Item Model Number : 2012443
- Original Release Date : 1998
- Label : LEGACY
- ASIN : B00000AG6X
- Number of discs : 1
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Blues lovers everywhere knew the legend of Robert Johnson, but only one complete Robert Johnson song was commercially available until this 1961 album came out. The most anticipated blues album of all time also became the most influential as future rock stars devoured it. Along with Crossroads Blues; Rambling on My Mind , and all the other classics, this reissue contains a newly discovered, previously unissued alternate version of Traveling Riverside Blues ! 17 tracks.
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Robert Johnson's intense guitar playing combined with his haunting voice and stark, elemental songs created something utterly compelling.
This CD reissue of 'King of the Delta Blues Singers' contains 17 stunning tracks(including an alternative take of 'Traveling Riverside Blues') recorded by Don Law for VOCALION in a San Antonio hotel room in November 1936 and Dallas in June 1937.
These momentous recordings should be a cornerstone of any blues collection along with Volume II.
If you own either of the the old Sony/Columbia "Complete Robert Johnson" double CD sets (the original 1990 or remastered 1996 issue) you could well be mistaken for thinking those, taken at the time from the earliest known sources, were the best examples you were ever likely to hear of Robert Johnson. Not so.
After the latter compilation was released they rediscovered a collection of better source material which had lain forgotten about in the vaults since the 1960s. And the improvement that brought to these recordings is immense. There is still some surface noice and a little distortion here and there on vocal peaks, but the astounding upgrade in fidelty achieved with the newly discovered sources cannot be overstated. The difference really is one of night and day between this collection and it's predecessors.
So if you want the best quality RJ on CD, my advice is to buy this and its companion "King of the Delta Blues Singers Volume 2". You'll still be missing a few tracks from the "Complete Robert Johnson", but for the phenomenal upgrade in sound, that's a VERY small price to pay.