Robert Johnson – Drunken Hearted Man - 1936-37 - Delta Blues - Ltd Ed LP
Robert Johnson – Drunken Hearted Man
Wax Love Records – WLV82007
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Reissue
1936 and 1937 Recordings
A1 Kindhearted Woman Blues
A2 Preaching Blues
A3 If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
A4 Stones In My Passway
A5 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
A6 I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
A7 Sweet Home Chicago
A8 From Four Till Late
B1 Ramblin' On My Mind
B2 Little Queen Of Spades
B3 When You Got A Good Friend
B4 Come On In My Kitchen
B5 Terraplane Blues
B6 Drunken Hearted Man
B7 32-20 Blues
B8 They're Red Hot
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Manufactured in the EU. Limited to 500 copies.
Reissue of Robert Johnson - Drunken Hearted Man.
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Robert Johnson's small library of recorded work.
This album, originally released in '61 or '62 was the one Clapton and Richards and countless others listened to and went on to rock'n'roll greatness.
If you are only familiar with electric blues as BB King, Buddy Guy, or SRV recorded them in the 70's or 80's you will have to step back in time to a land without electric guitars or wah wah pedals ... this guy sang his heart out, and played both rhythm and lead guitar at the same time the way Hendrix and SRV would later on.
He was not the only blues artist recorded this early on but was the most influential, and by now, the most famous ... everyone from Clapton to Willie Nelson has recorded his songs, and still do..
A number of other blues classics penned by the artist. "Sweet Home Chicago," "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," "They're Red Hot," are all present (and all covered by a multitude of artists the Blues Brothers, Elmore James, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Eric Clapton, respectively).
As is generally the practice with Robert Johnson albums, a painting stands in for the cover (there are only two known photographs of the artist in the first place, and every other album released uses one of them). The music is certainly impeccable the self-accompanying bassline boogie was one of Johnson's greatest contributions to the blues, and it's displayed in all its beauty here. To top this, there's the beauty of his melodic work, and the interplay with his semi-gruff voice that help to make his songs memorable
. He is the true legend of the blues, and anyone with even the slightest curiosity in that genre or rock needs to own this..
"Preachin Blues" is fantastic, another rework of Son House, featuring the forever classic opening line "I woke up this morning, with the blues walking like a man." Johnson goes into intricate and aggressive bottleneck played at breakneck speed, bellowing his vocals. Stunning work, full of fire and crackle, without doubt.
Robert Johnson preaching blues (up jumped the devil)
There's so much going on at the same time to think its a solo performance still blows my mind, he is doing the work of at least 3 separate people..the shuffling bass/percussion section, wild careening slide guitar melody, weird ass spooky vocals, tricky arrangement that makes one guitar sound like a band.
What he lacks in a backup band, he more than makes up for with a soulful voice, and great guitar playing. You can really hear the emotion pouring out of this man.
If you have an open mind and want to experience where the blues came from, you can't go wrong with this album. The version of "Traveling Riverside Blues" is worth the price alone.
"Terraplane Blues" was Johnson's sole hit, and one can see why, with its up strange, halting time signature and sexual innuendo put to lyrics about a car.
"Come On In My Kitchen" is simply magnificent, and Elijah Wald's opinion of it as one of Johnson's true masterpieces is well deserved. Johnson, plays a mournful guitar intro with his humming, then finally opens with the words, practically cried out: "You better come on...in my kitchen...well, it's going to be raining outdoors." Johnson's voice and playing are simply sublime, with his singing simultaneously conveying sorrow and seduction, with his guitar perfectly mirroring his voice, then mimicking the sound of wind, as he whispers "Aaah, don't you hear that wind howling?"