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Customer reviews. How are ratings calculated? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Close attention to Blues reveals it to be a quite chillingly nasty promise of domestic abuse. Johnson at least seems to be acknowledging his flaws in his obsession with judgment in haunted songs like Me and the Devil Blues and Hellhound on My Trail.
The sprightly Walkin' Blues and Preachin' Blues, with virtuoso guitar work, are probably the most immediately arresting tracks; but the rest, while marginally differentiated, possess a collective hypnotic, dark power. II that became signature songs through interpretations by others, such as Love in Vain.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. It influenced a whole generation of musicians in the s and sparked the British blues boom. This made the blues popular with a white audience, and in turn gave birth to rock and roll.
Wald has asserted that if Johnson were to be removed from the history of the blues, very little would be different. His technical ability was exceptional, as was his ability to evoke emotion. Everybody should know about Robert Johnson… You want to know how good the blues can get? Well, this is it. Whether or not you hold Robert Johnson in such high esteem, it is difficult to deny the impact that he had on the blues. He is one of the most influential and important blues musicians of all time, and The King Of The Delta Blues was the album that first made him famous.
It is for this reason — in addition to the sheer level of musicianship that the album captures — that it should be in your blues record collection. Robert Johnson The story of Robert Johnson is one of the most compelling and mysterious in music history.
As Eric Clapton wrote in his autobiography about trying to imitate Johnson as a teenager: I tried to copy Johnson, but his style of simultaneously playing a disjointed bass line on the low strings, rhythm on the middle strings and lead on the treble strings while singing at the same time, was impossible to even imagine. As Professor Yvonne Chireau has observed: Hoodoo has these stories of people going down to a crossroad and meeting up with an entity who offers some sort of insight or knowledge…So Hoodoo was seen as a way of gaining control, in a world that was suffused with violence and limited options This last point is interesting.
But here are my favourite tracks from the album: 1. Hell Hound On My Trail Johnson is celebrated as much for the power of his vocals as he is for his guitar playing. Leave a Reply Get in touch - questions and feedback are always welcome! Cancel Reply. Follow The Happy Bluesman. Modern Blues Playlist. Facebook Twitter Email WhatsApp. Copy link. Copy Copied. Powered by Social Snap.
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