Johnson, The Complete Original Masters, Centennial Edition.
(Limited Edition of 1000)
Robert Johnson - 100th
Birthday Box Set
(12)- 10-inch 45-RPM Replicas of Original Vocalion Records Plus Bonus CDs and DVD
ONLY 1,000 COPIES PRESSED
And with this set you get
The Robert Johnson Centennial
Collection (two CDs); Rarities
From The Vaults (a two-CD set that includes Rare Victor Blues, recordings from the
Sony/Victor vaults, as well as Also
Playing, which is other performers who recorded on the same day); and
The Life And Music Of Robert Johnson: Can't
You Hear The Wind Howl (DVD).
Factory Sealed, Stored in a Climate and Light Controled Enviroment.
Condition is New Factory Mint.
Recreated in the historical look and feel of the 12 10" 78-RPM discs
that originally carried Robert Johnson's music into the world in 1936 and 1937
(only playing at 45 RPM), this Limited Edition collector's set will be
individually numbered - again, limited to 1,000. Housed in an actual 78-RPM
album book - each "page" being a sleeve holding a single disc - each vinyl disc
is outiftted with reproductions of the original record labels. Also included is
a unique booklet with a new 1,500-word essay written by Ted Gioia, Texas-based
pianist and music historian, and the author of Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi
Masters Who Revolutionized American Music (2008); Work Songs (2006); and The History Of Jazz (1997), telling the
story of Robert Johnson, complete historic track annotation and discographic
data and photos.
ROBERT JOHNSON: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL MASTERS - CENTENNIAL EDITION (Columbia/Legacy 88697 86066 1)
Sleeve 1: Vocalion 03416 - Kind Hearted Woman Blues (S1) / Terraplane Blues (S1)
Sleeve 2: Oriole 7-04-60 - 32-20 Blues (S2) / Last Fair Deal Gone Down (S3)
Sleeve 3: Conqueror 8871 - Dead Shrimp Blues (S3) / I Believe I'll Dust My Broom (S1)
Sleeve 4: Romeo 7-05-81 - Ramblin' On My Mind (S1) / Cross Road Blues (S3)
Sleeve 5: Romeo 7-07-57 - Come On In My Kitchen (S1) / They're Red Hot (S3)
Sleeve 6: Vocalion 03601 - Sweet Home Chicago (S1) / Walkin' Blues (S3)
Sleeve 7: Vocalion 03623 - From Four Until Late (D4) / Hell Hound On My Trail (D5)
Sleeve 8: Perfect 7-10-65 - Malted Milk (D5) / Milkcow's Calf Blues (D5)
Sleeve 9: Perfect 7-12-67 - Stones In My Passway (D4) / I'm A Steady Rollin' Man (D4)
Sleeve 10: Vocalion 04002 - Stop Breakin' Down Blues (D5) / Honeymoon Blues (D5)
Sleeve 11: Vocalion 04108 - Little Queen Of Spades (D5) / Me And The Devil Blues (D5)
Sleeve 12: Vocalion 04630 - Preachin' Blues (S3) / Love In Vain (D5)
S1 - San Antonio, Texas: Monday, November 23, 1936
S2 - San Antonio, Texas: Thursday, November 26, 1936
S3 - San Antonio, Texas: Friday, November 27, 1936
D4 - Dallas, Texas: Saturday, June 19, 1937
D5 - Dallas, Texas: Sunday, June 20, 1937
Something tremendously exciting about this set is the fact that four of the songs were sourced from the original metal parts. Those tracks - "32-20 Blues," "Ramblin' On My Mind," "Little Queen Of Spades" and "Preachin' Blues" - sound incredible in their clarity. Here's a bit more perspective on that topic, taken from the 23-page booklet included with this set:
"...A few Robert Johnson metal masters still existed after the various scrap drives and these formed the basis for the first reissue LP in the early '60s. In 1980 they were sent to a freelance engineer who updated the sound restoration for a soundtrack. They were returned to CBS Records, but went astray before they reached the vault. In 2008 a reorganization of the Sony Archive in New York revealed a box labeled "Surplus LPs" which contained the missing metal masters. They had been mis-labeled and stored in the wrong building for nearly thirty years!
"Unfortunately, for the purposes of this project, most of these newly-found masters consisted of takes never released on 78 rpm. The only parts originally issued on 78 rpm still existing were: '32-20 Blues,' 'Ramblin' On My Mind,' 'Little Queen Of Spades' and 'Preachin' Blues.'
"Before tape, recording masters were cut onto wax, and later, by the time Robert Johnson recorded, onto acetate coated aluminum disc, which was electro-plated. The metal was stripped away to form a perfect mirror image of the grooves, i.e., the grooves projected upwards. Then, this negative was again plated to form a positive; this served as the 'mother' and was used to produce one or more negatives or stampers for production runs. When these wore out, more stampers were plated from the mother.
"Glenn Korman, head of Sony Archives, authorized all existing parts to be shipped to sound engineer Harry Coster in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Harry, a 78 rpm expert, possesses a record press which is kept in a barn in the Dutch countryside and he hand-made new polystyrene pressings from the negatives, making new 78 rpm discs; these were then transferred to the digital medium and sonically enhanced." - Producer, Michael Brooks
The other songs were sourced from the very best 78 copies that the Sony team could locate.
Original source material provided by Bruce Bastin Supply. Sound resoration by Harry Coster. Mastering by Vic Anesini.
***BRAND NEW***FACTORY SEALED***NEVER PLAYED***