Robert Johnson

Genius of the Blues: Complete Master Takes (9152267)

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Genius of the Blues: Complete Master Takes

Robert Johnson

Pan Am Records

8436539313557

LPS 146930

9152267

BLUES

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Genius of the Blues: Complete Master Takes

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LP 16,52 €

2-LP SET

This quintessential double LP edition (fold open cover) contains all of Johnson’s preserved master recordings taped in San Antonio and Dallas, between 1936 and 1937. Originally, 24 of them were released as 78 rpm singles in the late 1930s by the Vocalion label (see detailed data table inside).

In addition to the 24 original sides released by Vocalion between 1937 and 1938, this collector’s item also includes five songs recorded during the same dates, which were not issued by Vocalion. The five originally unissued tunes were “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day,” “When You Got a Good Friend,” “Travelling Riverside Blues,” “Phonograph Blues,” and “Drunken Hearted Man.” This Pan-Am deluxe edition also includes 2 bonus tracks from those same Dallas recording sessions, consisting of alternate takes of “Traveling Riverside Blues” and “Love in Vain Blues.”

PERSONNEL:

ROBERT JOHNSON, vocals and guitar

LP ONE: all tracks recorded by Vincent Lieblerat the Gunter Hotel,
205 East Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas, November 23-27, 1936.

LP 2: all tracks recorded by Vincent Liebler in a makeshift studio located in the Brunswick Records Building, 508 Park Avenue, Dallas, Texas, June 19 & 20, 1937.

LP 1: SAN ANTONIO RECORDINGS November 1936

SIDE A
01 KIND HEARTED WOMAN BLUES
02 I BELIEVE I’LL DUST MY BROOM
03 SWEET HOME CHICAGO
04 RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND
05 WHEN YOU GOT A GOOD FRIEND
06 COME ON IN MY KITCHEN
07 TERRAPLANE BLUES
08 PHONOGRAPH BLUES

SIDE B
01 32-20 BLUES
02 THEY’RE RED HOT
03 DEAD SHRIMP BLUES
04 CROSS ROAD BLUES
05 WALKIN’ BLUES
06 LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN
07 PREACHIN’ BLUES (UP JUMPED THE DEVIL)
08 IF I HAD POSSESSION OVER JUDGMENT DAY

LP 2: DALLAS RECORDINGS June 1937

SIDE A
01 STONES IN MY PASSWAY
02 I’M A STEADY ROLLIN’ MAN
03 FROM FOUR UNTIL LATE
04 HELL HOUND ON MY TRAIL
05 LITTLE QUEEN OF SPADES
06 MALTED MILK
07 DRUNKEN HEARTED MAN

SIDE B
01 ME AND THE DEVIL BLUES
02 STOP BREAKIN’ DOWN BLUES
03 TRAVELING RIVERSIDE BLUES
04 HONEYMOON BLUES
05 LOVE IN VAIN BLUES
06 MILKCOW’S CALF BLUES
07 TRAVELING RIVERSIDE BLUES (alternate take) *
08 LOVE IN VAIN BLUES (alternate take) *

* BONUS TRACKS