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Author Topic: robert johnson  (Read 3939 times)

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Offline jaycee

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robert johnson
« on: May 08, 2011, 07:00:57 AM »
today would have been robert johnson's 100th birthday. in his honour i have been playing his music today. will be wearing my robert johnson t shirt tonight. and having a few beers in his honour and very shortly i will be watching the dvd the search for robert johnson. its very easy to knock robert johnson especially the myths surrounding him but he made some great music i.m.o. so come on everyone and join in celebrating robert's 100th birthday.  :)
« Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 07:08:10 AM by jaycee »
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Offline eric

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 07:50:55 AM »
Indeed.  Happy 100th, Robert.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 09:04:26 AM by Elder Hadley »
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Offline Gumbo

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 07:59:31 AM »
Beer and guitar. Check.
 8)

Offline don o

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 09:45:45 AM »
And it looks like the building where he made his Dallas recordings may have a brighter future.

http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-05-05/music/robert-johnson-s-dallas-recording-studio-gets-pulled-form-purgatory/
« Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 09:50:07 AM by don o »

Offline Norfolk Slim

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 09:58:48 AM »
If id thought about it in advance I may have instigated a back porch postathon thread- like we had for patton and mctell previously.  Bit late now though!?

Offline Stumblin

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 11:29:37 AM »
Beer and guitar. Check.
 8)

Seconded.

Offline unezrider

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2011, 11:44:32 AM »
hello friend,
i may have never discovered all this music if it weren't for discovering his first & falling in love with it. & to that i say, happy birthday, sir!
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Offline misterjones

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2011, 06:50:24 PM »
Compared three tracks from the 1996 Sony remaster to the same three tracks from the Pristine Classical "remaster".  Didn't feel as though I needed to go any further.  The Pristine Classical is REALLY bad.  They did such a good job with the BLJ.  I wonder what happened.  Anyway, how's the sound on the centennial set?  Is it out yet?  (I don't plan on buying it, but I'm always open to being persuaded.)

Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 01:37:46 AM »
If you want better sound quality, look for copies of the Columbia/CBS LPs.
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So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2011, 06:48:03 AM »
In the last Roots and Rhythm newsletter, Frank Scott was very enthusiastic about the new set: http://rootsandrhythm.com/roots/New_Releases/latest_050511.htm#ROBERT%20JOHNSON


Offline uncle bud

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2011, 06:38:28 AM »
I should add that the set Frank Scott refers to is the 2-CD version for $15.99, in case anyone was thinking it was the $350 job. At the former price, I think I'll be replacing my old set.

Offline LD50

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2011, 08:55:52 AM »
I should add that the set Frank Scott refers to is the 2-CD version for $15.99, in case anyone was thinking it was the $350 job. At the former price, I think I'll be replacing my old set.

I bought the 2-CD set for about $13 a week ago. The sound is very good -- better than any previous record of RJ's that I've owned.

Offline misterjones

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2011, 07:50:45 AM »
Sony's reissues have been so uneven in the past - especially their endless Bob Dylan issues* and reissues** - and their marketing has been so deceptive at times that they have lost all credibility in my mind.  I would like to believe the new RJ sounds better, but I can't even trust them enough to pay $5 for it.  To top it off, I've heard people in the past rave about various releases (issued by various labels, including Sony) only to discover that the supposedly better release sounds the same or even worse (to me) than what was previously issued.

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Offline Michael Cardenas

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011, 08:50:15 AM »
If you want better sound quality, look for copies of the Columbia/CBS LPs.
I can't tell if I have blind nostaligia for that specific vinyl, but I do admire those masters.
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Offline eric

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Re: robert johnson
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2011, 09:19:44 AM »
Escaping the Delta by Elijah is a must read for Weenies.  If you strip away all the rubbish that's been written about Robert Johnson, what's left is a great artist.
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