Most of what was recorded during those sessions were hillybilly string bands or "Western String" groups like Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Only one "race" performer other than Johnson had been invited to record during these sessions. He asked him to play guitar for a group of Mexican musicians gathered in a hotel room the Gunter Hotel, now considered a historic site where the recording equipment had been set up.
Embarrassed and suffering from a bad case of stage fright, Johnson turned his face to the wall, his back to the Mexican musicians. Eventually, he calmed down sufficiently to play, but he never faced the audience. It fills in the historical blanks and demonstrates what has been learned about Johnson and his times since the LP issue, the annotation of which says "Although little is known about Johnson The heart of the new set of course is the album containing reproductions of the 12 original 10" singles, cut at 45rpm instead of 78 the producers rightly feared that most buyers wouldn't be able to play 78s and pressed on vinyl instead of shellac for obvious reasons.
Some of the originals are extremely rare. All are collectible. All were originally issued on Vocalion but some were also specially issued on "dime store" budget labels Oriole, Perfect and Romeo, with three issued on Conqueror. The producers chose the Perfect label for that on in this reissue set. Producer Michael Brooks notes in his annotation that a WW II scrap metal drove caused RCA and Columbia to donate thousands of metal masters, basing which to save and which to scrap on popularity.
A few Johnson metal parts survived and they were used to produce the original LP. In they were again used, this time sent to a freelance engineer for a sonic update and use in a movie soundtrack. He returned them but they were mis-filed and not discovered until Unfortunately, most these were takes that had never been issued on 78rpm.
Only 4 of the 24 sides issued here on vinyl were sourced from those metal parts. Those parts were shipped to Harry Coster, a Dutch 78rpm expert who has a press in his barn. He pressed polystyrene copies, which were transferred to digital and then sonically enhanced hopefully using the correct EQ curve!
Twenty original 78s had to be found. Eight were found in the Library of Congress and carefully played and digitized probably using the Library's Simon Yorke transcription turntables.
An English collector hand delivered 78s of some of the others to Mr. Otherwise, the set utilizes the original Frank Driggs flat disc to tape transfers from discovered in the Sony vault.
These were flat transfers from 78s then only 23 years old and while they were noisy, they were deemed suitable for sound restoration. Ultimately, multiple copies of the original 24 sides taken from both disc and tape transfer were auditioned by Mark Wilder and Steve Berkowitz, who found, in addition to sound quality variations, speed variations that could have resulted from either the turntables used for the transfers, or from the turntable used in the original cutting.
Slight voltage variations could cause speed variations of from 1 to 5 rpms. The 45s in this set were derived from all of the versions and speed-corrected as necessary. The booklet included in the double CD set is completely different from the larger one included in the record album and contain photos and excellent annotation by record collector, music historian and record producer Stephen C. Shipping cost, delivery date, and order total including tax shown at checkout.
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Me and the Devil Blues. Stop Breakin' Down Blues. Traveling Riverside Blues. Honeymoon Blues. Love in Vain Blues. Milkcow's Calf Blues. A Little Queen of Spades. Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson.
Ramblin' on My Mind Robert Johnson. Come on in My Kitchen Robert Johnson. Terraplane Blues Robert Johnson. Phonograph Blues Robert Johnson.
They're Red Hot Robert Johnson. Dead Shrimp Blues Robert Johnson. Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson. Walkin' Blues Robert Johnson. Stones in My Passway Robert Johnson. His complete canon of recordings includes these 29 masters, plus 13 surviving alternate takes, all recorded at two ARC sessions held in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas.
The Mississippi Delta —two hundred miles of fertile lowlands stretching from Memphis, Tennessee, in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the south—was one of the primary locales in which the blues originated and developed. James's eerie, distinctive style is reflected throughout Johnson's recordings, most notably in " Blues," which he adapted from James's " Blues. Johnson's first session in San Antonio took place over three days — November 23, 26, and 27, Sixteen songs were recorded in the Gunter Hotel , where ARC had set up equipment to record several musical artists.
Most of the selections were released on Vocalion 78 rpm records , but three songs and several interesting alternate takes remained unissued until they appeared on the Columbia albums. This time 13 songs were recorded and 10 were released during the following year. While Robert Johnson's professional recording career can be measured in months, his musical legacy has survived more than 70 years.
Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf , two prominent Chicago bluesmen, have their roots in the Delta: both knew Robert Johnson , and were heavily influenced by him. Johnson's emotive vocals, combined with his varied and masterful guitar playing, continue to influence blues and popular music performers to this day.
In , Eric Clapton recorded Me and Mr. Johnson as a tribute to the legendary bluesman; the album reached number six on the Billboard and has sold more than , copies in the United States. In , the album was ranked number 22 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of all time.
For recording dates and original releases, see Robert Johnson recordings. A new remastered edition of the album was released in in commemoration of Johnson's th birthday. The Centennial Collection was released in both standard and deluxe editions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.