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Old 11-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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Exclamation Can't believe these Robert Johnson songs were recorded 78 years ago today

Kindhearted Woman Blues
I'll Believe I'll Dust My Broom
Sweet Home Chicago
Rambling On My Mind
When You Got A Good Friend
Come On In My Kitchen
Terraplane Blues
Phonograph Blues

2 of these are absolute blues classics

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The recording session was held on November 23, 1936 in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, which Brunswick Records had set up to be a temporary recording studio. In the ensuing three-day session, Johnson played sixteen selections, and recorded alternate takes for most of these. Johnson reportedly performed facing the wall, which has been cited as evidence he was a shy man and reserved performer. This conclusion was played up in the inaccurate liner notes of the 1961 album King of the Delta Blues Singers. Ry Cooder speculates that Johnson played facing a corner to enhance the sound of the guitar, a technique he calls "corner loading".

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Old 11-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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oops wrong board just move this please

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Old 11-24-2014, 01:58 AM   #3
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does anybody have the FLAC

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Old 11-24-2014, 02:31 AM   #4
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did Robert Johnson invent heavy metal

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Old 11-24-2014, 02:34 PM   #5
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Considering that Johnson recorded these songs in the late 1930's, the distance between him and the first covers of his music (1950's by blues and jazzmen, 1960's by the Brits), isn't very long. Even though he was already revered as a mysterious legend by then, the first artists who covered his music weren't actually that far removed from him in time. Cream covering Johnson's "Crossroads" in the 1960s is equivalent to someone covering something from the 1980s today. In fact, it's been over double the number of years between our time now and the initial 1960's british invasion (50+ years), than it was between those guys in the 1950s-1960s and Johnson (only 20+ years).

For anyone who plays guitar, it's a bit like the hype that a 1959 Les Paul guitar has as being a "holy grail" instrument. You can only get that real "vintage" tone through one of those old guitars. Yet, when people like Clapton, Green, or Page were playing them in the 1960s, and recording those landmark tones, the 1959 Les Paul was less than 10 years old.

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