Back To The Crossroads: The Roots Of Robert Johnson


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Format: LP

Cat No: YAZLP2070

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Release Date:  08 March 2024

Label:  Yazoo

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  016351207012

Genres:  Blues  Roots  

  • Description

    This collection assembles the range of sources that Robert Johnson heard and learned from including songs from his mentor Son House and from other Delta performers and from sources that show aspects of the musical world in which he lived. His tastes ranged far and wide and he had a gift for absorbing sounds of all kinds, including from tin pan alley to hillbilly songs. He was a brilliant creative musician who managed a stunningly effective fusion of his Delta roots and the smoother approach of the then prominent contemporary blues artists. As with any genius in any field he was able to produce great work only because he was standing on the shoulders of previous great artists. This collection provides an introduction to a number of them and gives a sense of how Johnson adapted and combined their styles. It presents music that can still excite and inspire us today just as it did to Robert Johnson back in the first golden age of the blues.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Police Station Blues (1932) - Peetie Wheatstraw
      • 2. Old Original Kokomo Blues (1934)- Kokomo Arnold
      • 3. Cruel Hearted Woman (1934)- Bumble Bee Slim
      • 4. Roll and Tumble Blues (1929)-Hambone Willie Newbern
      • 5. Life Saver Blues (1927)- Lonnie Johnson
      • 6. Sitting on Top of the World (1930)- Mississippi Sheiks
      • 7. Hittin' the Bottle Stomp (1936)- Mississippi Jook Band

      Side 2

      • 1. Devil Got My Woman (1931)- Skip James
      • 2. My Black Mama, pt. 1 (1930)- Son House
      • 3. Georgia Bound (1929)- Blind Blake
      • 4. When the Sun Goes Down (1935)-Leroy Carr
      • 5. Sissy Man Blues (1935)-Kokomo Arnold
      • 6. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (1926)- Rev E. W. Clayborn
      • 7. Lead Pencil Blues (1935)- Johnny Temple