As promised, this month I’m going to post all blues (or All Blues as Miles Davis and / or Annie Ross and Pony Poindexter might say). I will bookend the month with Robert Johnson, posting a track from CD1 of The Complete Recordings now and, you guessed it, a track from CD2 at the end of the month.
Johnson has legendary status in blues music, partly because so little is known of him, partly because he died at only 27 years old but mostly, one hopes, because of the superb music.
The Complete Recordings set contains every track Johnson is known to have recorded, with the exception of an alternate take of Travelling Riverside Blues (which was curiously released on the King of the Delta Blues Singers CD).
In 2003 it was included, by the National Recording Preservation Board, in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. The board selects songs in an annual basis that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, and / or inform or reflect life in the United States.”
I’m posting possibly the most well known track that Robert Johnson recorded, Cross Road Blues. This was famously covered by Cream (and just about every other rock group / artist who wished to claim some blues roots).