Robert Johnson ‎– The Centennial Collection - RSD 1936-1938 Blues 3LP

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Robert Johnson ‎– The Centennial Collection

Columbia ‎– 88985374761, Legacy ‎– 88985374761
3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered

Record Store Day 2017 release - 2500 copies

22 Apr 2017
Delta Blues


A1 Kind Hearted Woman Blues 2:55
A2 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom 3:02
A3 Sweet Home Chicago 3:02
A4 Ramblin' On My Mind 2:25
A5 When You Got A Good Friend 2:41
A6 Come On In My Kitchen 2:47
A7 Terraplane Blues 3:03



B1 Phonograph Blues 2:43
B2 32-20 Blues 2:53
B3 They're Red Hot 3:02
B4 Dead Shrimp Blues 2:35
B5 Cross Road Blues 2:43
B6 Walkin' Blues 2:33
B7 Last Fair Deal Gone Down 2:41



C1 Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) 2:55
C2 If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day 2:40


C3 Kind Hearted Woman Blues 2:33

C4 Ramblin' On My Mind 2:55

C5 When You Got A Good Friend 2:55
C6 Come On In My Kitchen 2:55
C7 Phonograph Blues 2:37



D1 Cross Road Blues 2:32
D2 Stones In My Passway 2:32

Dallas Recordings

D3 I'm A Steady Rollin' Man 2:40
D4 From Four Until Late 2:28
D5 Hell Hound On My Trail 2:40
D6 Little Queen Of Spades 2:16
D7 Malted Milk 2:25



E1 Drunken Hearted Man 2:32
E2 Me And The Devil Blues 2:38
E3 Stop Breakin' Down Blues 2:26
E4 Traveling Riverside Blues 2:43
E5 Honeymoon Blues 2:21
E6 Love In Vain Blues 2:21
E7 Milkcow's Calf Blues 2:26



F1 Little Queen Of Spades 2:24
F2 Drunken Hearted Man 2:31
F3 Me And The Devil Blues 2:37
F4 Stop Breakin' Down Blues 2:21
F5 Traveling Riverside Blues 2:56
F6 Love In Vain Blues 2:29
F7 Milkcow's Calf Blues 2:19



Companies, etc.

Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed By – Columbia Records
Manufactured By – Noiseland Industries – 16-0719 NL
Lacquer Cut At – SST Brüggemann GmbH
Pressed By – MPO

A&R [Legacy A&R Supervision] – Steve Berkowitz
Art Direction, Design – Jeff Schulz
Engineer – Michael Donaldson (2) (tracks: 2-10), Steven Lasker
Engineer [Original Recording Engineer] – Vincent Liebler
Lacquer Cut By – Kr SST*
Liner Notes – Ted Giola
Mastered By [Mastering Engineer], Technician [Additional Digital Restoration And Final Assembly Of Masters] – Seth Winner
Producer [All Original Recordings] – Don Law
Product Manager [Marketing Manager] – Mandy Eidgah, Zak Profera
Reissue Producer [2011], Liner Notes – Stephen C. LaVere
Supervised By [Original Recording Supervision] – Art Satherly
Supervised By [Project Manager], Art Direction – Gretchen Brennison

Record Store Day 2017 release - 2500 copies. Numbered in Gold font on back cover, bottom left
This is the US version with NO Sony Music label logo on the back cover.

Includes poster and digital download
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 8 8985-37476-1 0
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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..

This album boasts the first album appearance of "Love in Vain," as well as a number of other blues classics penned by the artist. "Sweet Home Chicago," "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," "They're Red Hot," and "Malted Milk" 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..

Robert Johnson - Walking Blues

Fans of the great Son House will immediately recognize his "Walkin' Blues," with Johnson's subtle embellishments and high singing contrasting with House's basso vocals. Just as with House's original, this is one that will grab you right off. Johnson's guitar literally walks along, just as the title suggests

"Hellhound On My Trail" is unquestionably another masterpiece, featuring chilling lyrics describing the frenetic pace of being pursued by dark forces, be they simple bad luck or something far more sinister. Johnson's voice perfectly conveys his dread, sorrow, and desperation at his plight, as he wields his guitar into producing a minor chord dread all its own. This one will definitely spike your hackles. Magnificently frightening.

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?

"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.

Robert Johnson - Traveling Riverside Blues

This isn't the Led Zeppelin version...its the original one that legendary blues man Robert Johnson wrote way back when. Covered on the CODA album from Led Zeppelin. You can see clearly how this inspired many great rock artists..

"Traveling Riverside Blues" features the same tune as "Judgement Day," but played more softly and slowly, with commensurate singing, loaded with such lecherous spoken asides as "Squeeze my lemon, baby" and "Yeah, you know what I'm talkin' about!" This song should be well known to even the casual RJ listener.

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 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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Format 3LP
Color Black