Blues lovers everywhere knew the legend of Robert Johnson, but only one complete Robert Johnson song was commercially available until this 1961 album came out. The most anticipated blues album of all time also became the most influential as future rock stars devoured it. Along with Crossroads Blues; Rambling on My Mind , and all the other classics, this reissue contains a newly discovered, previously unissued alternate version of Traveling Riverside Blues ! 17 tracks.
If there is a recording that is required listening for every blues fan, it’s this one. Robert Johnson wasn’t just King of the Delta blues; he was one of its founding fathers, and these re-mastered tunes are as timeless and important today as they were all those years ago. The songs that passed into the blues canon, to be covered by countless guitarists over the years, are here: “Crossroad Blues,” “Preaching Blues,” “Come On In My Kitchen,” “Walking Blues,” and more. And on this particular version of this often-reissued recording, there’s an additional treat: a previously unreleased version of “Traveling Riverside Blues.” Absolutely essential. –Genevieve Williams