Road To Robert Johnson

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Review Text During the last quarter of the 20th century, and thanks largely to Eric Clapton's remarkable devotion to his memory, Robert Leroy Johnson posthumously became the most celebrated Delta blues musician of the pre-WWII era. Among numerous editions of his complete works and various anthologies that combine his recordings with those of his contemporaries and followers, J.S.P.'s The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond combines many of his essential performances with those by dozens of other blues artists from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Henry Thomas to Muddy Waters and Elmore James. 105 tracks fill four CDs with several decades' worth of strongly steeped blues that trace the African American migration from the deep south on up into Chicago. This is a fine way to savor the recorded evidence, as primary examples from Blind Blake, Charley Patton, Son House, Charlie McCoy, Walter Vincson, Skip James, Ma Rainey, Tampa Red, Kokomo Arnold, Scrapper Blackwell, Leroy Carr, Lonnie Johnson, and Peetie Wheatstraw lead directly to early modern masters like Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Temple, Leroy Foster, Johnny Shines, Homesick James Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Snooky Pryor, Little Walter, and David Honeyboy Edwards, among many others. This collection would be greatly enhanced by Edward Komara's The Road to Robert Johnson: The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta from the Late 1800s Through 1938, a highly regarded work of musicological scholarship published at the same time as J.S.P. released their similarly titled box set in 2007. Careful remastering and affordable pricing make this hefty stash of classic blues an excellent option for anyone who cares at all about where the music came from and how it evolved. ~ arwulf arwulf

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Walkin' Blues - 3:57
  2. 2. Mean Mistreater Mama - 3:56
  3. 3. Lead Pencil Blues - 3:06
  4. 4. Devil Got My Woman - 3:00
  5. 5. Georgia Bound - 3:23
  6. 6. Blue Ghost Blues - 3:11
  7. 7. Mr Carl's Blues - 3:06
  8. 8. Change My Luck Blues - 2:24
  9. 9. Things 'Bout Coming My Way - 3:15
  10. 10. Police Station Blues - 3:04
  11. 11. Old Original Kokomo Blues - 3:53
  12. 12. Roll and Tumble Blues - 3:02
  13. 13. No Job Blues - 3:11
  14. 14. Shelby County Blues - 3:19
  15. 15. Booze and Blues - 3:10
  16. 16. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die - 3:51
  17. 17. 20 20 Blues - 3:50
  18. 18. Milk Cow Blues - 3:09
  19. 19. Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1 - 3:04
  20. 20. Life Saver Blues - 3:05
  21. 21. Evil Devil Blues - 3:12
  22. 22. When the Sun Goes Down - 3:57
  23. 23. Red River Blues - 3:07
  24. 24. Dry Southern Blues - 3:51
  25. 25. Show Me What You Got - 3:10

CD: 2

  1. 26. Kind Hearted Woman Blues - 3:53
  2. 27. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - 3:59
  3. 28. Sweet Home Chicago - 3:59
  4. 29. Ramblin' on My Mind - 3:52
  5. 30. When You Got a Good Friend - 3:52
  6. 31. Come On in My Kitchen - 3:45
  7. 32. Terraplane Blues - 3:01
  8. 33. Phonograph Blues - 3:40
  9. 34. 32-20 Blues - 3:50
  10. 35. They're Red Hot - 3:59
  11. 36. Dead Shrimp Blues - 3:32
  12. 37. Cross Road Blues - 3:40
  13. 38. Wlakin' Blues - 3:30
  14. 39. Last Fair Deal Gone Down - 3:39
  15. 40. Preachin' Blues - 3:51
  16. 41. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day - 3:36
  17. 42. Stones in My Passway - 2:28
  18. 43. I'm a Steady Rollin' Man - 3:37
  19. 44. From Four Until Late - 2:25
  20. 45. Hell Hound on My Trail - 3:37
  21. 46. Little Queen of Spades - 2:19
  22. 47. Malted Milk - 2:22
  23. 48. Drunken Hearted Man - 2:28
  24. 49. Ma and the Devil Blues - 3:35
  25. 50. Stop Breakin' Down Blues - 2:23
  26. 51. Travelin' Riverside Blues - 3:46
  27. 52. Honeymoon Blues - 2:18
  28. 53. Love in Vain - 2:18
  29. 54. Milkcow's Calf Blues - 2:22

CD: 3

  1. 55. Country Blues, No. 1 - 3:26
  2. 56. I Be's Troubled - 3:05
  3. 57. Burr Clover Farm Blues - 3:55
  4. 58. Ramblin' Kid Blues - 3:18
  5. 59. Rosalie - 3:03
  6. 60. Take a Wailk With Me - 3:02
  7. 61. Burr Clover Blues - 3:13
  8. 62. I Be Bound to Write to You No. 1 - 3:23
  9. 63. I Be Bound to Write to You No. 2 - 3:53
  10. 64. You're Gonna Miss Me WHN I'm Gone No. 1 - 3:23
  11. 65. You Got to Take Sick and Die Some of These Days - 2:09
  12. 66. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You - 2:09
  13. 67. Country Blues No. 2 - 4:35
  14. 68. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone No. 2 - 4:41
  15. 69. 32-30 Blues - 3:23
  16. 70. Little Boy Blue - 3:05
  17. 71. She's a Double-Crossin' Woman - 3:50
  18. 72. Friar's Point Blues - 3:50
  19. 73. I'm a Highway Man - 3:53
  20. 74. Evil Hearted Woman Blues - 3:48
  21. 75. Lilly Mae No. 1 - 4:00
  22. 76. Ramblin' - 3:32
  23. 77. Sweet Home Chicago - 3:00
  24. 78. Fishtail - 2:29
  25. 79. Muskadine Blues - 3:12

CD: 4

  1. 80. Dust My Broom - 3:47
  2. 81. Long Lonesome Day - 2:25
  3. 82. Rollin' & Tumblin', Pts. 1-2 - 5:28
  4. 83. Johnnie Mae - 3:47
  5. 84. Stop Breaking My Heart - 3:35
  6. 85. Standing at the Crossroads - 3:47
  7. 86. Lonesome Blues - 2:21
  8. 87. Homesick - 3:07
  9. 88. I Believe - 3:16
  10. 89. Rambling Blues - 3:33
  11. 90. Maggie Lee Blues - 6:26
  12. 91. You're the One That I Love - 4:52
  13. 92. Sweet Home Chicago - 3:29
  14. 93. Shake 'Em on Down - 4:39
  15. 94. Moanin' & Groanin' the Blues - 5:24
  16. 95. Terraplane Blues - 3:04
  17. 96. Dead Shrimp Blues - 3:31
  18. 97. Steady Rollin' Man - 2:22
  19. 98. Me and the Devil - 2:20
  20. 99. Mean Hearted Woman - 2:29
  21. 100. Ramblin' Blues - 2:31
  22. 101. Hobo Blues - 2:41
  23. 102. Milk Cow Blues - 2:02
  24. 103. Mistreated So Long - 2:43
  25. 104. Sail on Little Woman - 2:06
  26. 105. Hoodoo Man - 2:08

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Release Date
7/17/07 

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