Robert Johnson

The Complete Recordings

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:37 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:22 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
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