Robert Johnson ‎– Love In Vain - 1936-37 - Alt Versions Delta Blues LP

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Robert Johnson ‎– Love In Vain


Label:
Wax Love Records ‎– WLV82052
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition

This lp contains 12 alternate takes different from those published on the original 78rpm record.
Recorded in two sessions in dallas and san antonio texas for the american record company during 1936 and 1937.

Manufactured in the EU. Limited to 500 copies.


Country:
Europe
Released:
2018
Genre:
Blues
Style:
Country Blues


Tracklist


A1 Crossroad Blues
A2 Kindhearted Woman Blues
A3 Love In Vain
A4 Me And The Devil Blues
A5 Come On In My Kitchen
A6 Ramblin' On My Mind


B1 Drunken Hearted Man
B2 Phonograph Blues
B3 When You Got A Good Friend
B4 Little Queen Of Spades
B5 Stop Breakin Down Blues
B6 Milkcow's Calf Blues


Companies, etc.


Phonographic Copyright (p) – Wax Love Records
Copyright (c) – Wax Love Records


Notes


This lp contains 12 alternate takes different from those published on the original 78rpm record.
Recorded in two sessions in dallas and san antonio texas for the american record company during 1936 and 1937.

Manufactured in the EU. Limited to 500 copies.


Barcode and Other Identifiers


Barcode: 0637913032394

 

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..

This album boasts the first album appearance of "Love in Vain,"

(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..

 

 

The opening of "Crossroad Blues" absolutely made me tingle, with that stunning bottleneck and Johnson's incredible wailing of despair. Anyone who has seen the movie "Crossroads" will immediately recognize this as the song used at the very beginning showing Johnson playing with his back to the recording engineers. Could ANYTHING possibly better convey a man's sorrow?

 

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.

"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?"

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Condition New
Format LP
Color Black