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The Complete Recordings

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Robert Johnson 10/8/1996

Review

A double-disc box set containing everything Robert Johnson ever recorded, The Complete Recordings is essential listening, but it is also slightly problematic. The problems aren't in the music itself, of course, which is stunning and the fidelity of the recordings is the best it ever has been or ever will be. Instead, it's in the track sequencing. As the title implies, The Complete Recordings contains all of Johnson's recorded material, including a generous selection of alternate takes. All of the alternates are sequenced directly after the master, which can make listening to the album a little intimidating and tedious for novices. Certainly, the alternates can be programmed out with a CD player or mp3 player, but the set would have been more palatable if the alternate takes were presented on a separate disc. Nevertheless, this is a minor complaint -- Johnson's music retains its power no matter what context it is presented in. He, without question, deserves this kind of deluxe box set treatment. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Kindhearted Woman Blues Robert Johnson 2:50
  3. 2 Kindhearted Woman Blues [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:31
  4. 3 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom Robert Johnson 2:56
  5. 4 Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson 3:0
  6. 5 Rambling on My Mind Robert Johnson 2:50
  7. 6 Rambling on My Mind [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:20
  8. 7 When You Got a Good Friend Robert Johnson 2:37
  9. 8 When You Got a Good Friend [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:50
  10. 9 Come on in My Kitchen Robert Johnson 2:48
  11. 10 Come on in My Kitchen [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:43
  12. 11 Terraplane Blues Robert Johnson 2:59
  13. 12 Phonograph Blues Robert Johnson 2:38
  14. 13 Phonograph Blues [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:32
  15. 14 32-20 Blues Robert Johnson 2:51
  16. 15 They're Red Hot Robert Johnson 2:57
  17. 16 Dead Shrimp Blues Robert Johnson 2:30
  18. 17 Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson 2:39
  19. 18 Cross Road Blues [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:27
  20. 19 Walking Blues Robert Johnson 2:28
  21. 20 Last Fair Deal Gone Down Robert Johnson 2:36
  22. 1 Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) Robert Johnson 2:50
  23. 2 If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day Robert Johnson 2:33
  24. 3 Stones in My Passway Robert Johnson 2:26
  25. 4 I'm a Steady Rollin' Man Robert Johnson 2:35
  26. 5 From Four Till Late Robert Johnson 2:22
  27. 6 Hellhound on My Trail Robert Johnson 2:35
  28. 7 Little Queen of Spades Robert Johnson 2:12
  29. 8 Little Queen of Spades [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:14
  30. 9 Malted Milk Robert Johnson 2:17
  31. 10 Drunken Hearted Man Robert Johnson 2:25
  32. 11 Drunken Hearted Man [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:25
  33. 12 Me and the Devil Blues Robert Johnson 2:33
  34. 13 Me and the Devil Blues [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:31
  35. 14 Stop Breakin' Down Blues Robert Johnson 2:16
  36. 15 Stop Breakin' Down Blues [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:22
  37. 16 Traveling Riverside Blues Robert Johnson 2:44
  38. 17 Honeymoon Blues Robert Johnson 2:16
  39. 18 Love in Vain Robert Johnson 2:23
  40. 19 Love in Vain [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:19
  41. 20 Milkcow's Calf Blues Robert Johnson 2:15
  42. 21 Milkcow's Calf Blues [Alternate Take] Robert Johnson 2:20

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