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The centennial collection

Author: Robert Johnson; Ted Gioia; Stephen C LaVere
Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia/Legacy, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Music CD : CD audio : Blues : English
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May 8, 2011, marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in a midnight bargain that has haunted the music world for three-quarters of a century. The deal brought forth Johnson's incandescent guitar technique and a run of 10-inch 78 rpm singles for the Vocalion, Oriole, Conqueror and Perfect labels  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Blues (Music)
Guitar music (Blues)
Alternate takes (Sound recordings)
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Johnson; Ted Gioia; Stephen C LaVere
OCLC Number: 711060972
Notes: Originally released by Vocalion; previously released as a compilation in 1990.
Compact discs.
Liner notes, with a new biography by Stephen C. LaVere and an essay by Ted Gioia (27 p. : ill.), inserted in container.
Performer(s): Robert Johnson, vocals and guitar.
Event notes: Recorded in San Antonio, Tex., Nov. 23-27, 1936; and in Dallas, Tex., June 19-20, 1937.
Description: 2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: CD1, San Antonio recordings. Kindhearted woman blues --
I believe I'll dust my broom --
Sweet home Chicago --
Ramblin' on my mind --
When you got a good friend --
Come on in my kitchen --
Terraplane blues --
Phonograph blues --
32-20 blues --
They're red hot --
Dead shrimp blues --
Cross road blues --
Walkin' blues --
Last fair deal gone down --
Preachin' blues (Up jumped the devil) --
If I had possession over Judgment Day --
Alternates. Kindhearted woman blues ; Ramblin' on my mind ; When you got a good friend ; Come on in my kitchen ; Phonograph blues ; Cross road blues. CD2, Dallas recordings. Stones in my passway --
I'm a steady rollin' man --
From four until late --
Hell hound on my trail --
Little Queen of Spades --
Malted milk --
Drunken hearted man --
Me and the devil blues --
Stop breakin' down blues--
Traveling riverside blues --
Honeymoon blues --
Love in vain blues --
Milkcow's calf blues --
Alternates. Little Queen of Spades ; Drunken hearted man ; Me and the devil blues ; Stop breakin' down blues ; Guitar figure--test groove before Traveling riverside blues ; Traveling riverside blues ; Johnson speaks--test groove before Love in vain blues ; Love in vain blues ; Milkcow's calf blues.
Other Titles: Works.
Complete recordings
Responsibility: Robert Johnson.

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May 8, 2011, marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in a midnight bargain that has haunted the music world for three-quarters of a century. The deal brought forth Johnson's incandescent guitar technique and a run of 10-inch 78 rpm singles for the Vocalion, Oriole, Conqueror and Perfect labels recorded in San Antonio in 1936 and Dallas in 1937. Those songs have become a cornerstone of Columbia Records identity and will be celebrated on The Centennial Collection. This 2CD set shares the same genealogy as 1990's Robert Johnson -The Complete Recordings, but that package has now been updated for a new generation. The set includes a new essay by Ted Gioia alongside a new biography of Robert Johnson written by Stephen C. LaVere (completely different from his essay in the 1990 version). Also included are new illustrations, photo images, and a family tree of music originating from Robert Johnson.

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