Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the 3 LP box set The Complete Recordings by blues legend Robert Johnson, released in 1990.
About this copy: This copy of The Complete Recordings is a still sealed 3 LP set, containing 41 known recordings by Robert Johnson that were recorded in the 1930s. This box set was issued in the U.S. by Columbia Records in 1990.
As the set is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is intact except for a 1″ tear in the upper right hand corner and another 1″ tear in the center of the front cover. There is a hype sticker attached to the wrap that lists the contents of the box set.
Essential listening for any fan of blues or blues rock.
Background: There’s so much to say about Robert Johnson’s influence on modern blues and rock music that entire books have written about it.
The short version – he grew up, learned to play guitar, recorded a handful of 78 RPM singles, and died at the age of 27 after only selling a handful of records in his lifetime.
Few people had ever heard of Johnson until Columbia Records released a single LP, The King of the Delta Blues Singers in 1960, but that album turned out to be tremendously influential, as artists such as Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin heard that album and were tremendously influenced by it.
In 1990, Columbia released The Complete Recordings, a 3 LP set that contained what were then all of Johnson’s known recordings, along with a booklet that also contained the only two known photographs of him.
The album sold well on compact disc, but in 1990, pressings on vinyl were limited, and the 3 record set was hard to find, both then and now.
The Complete Recordings is essential listening…musically stunning and the fidelity of the recordings is the best it ever has been or ever will be. …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.
You can listen to “Crossroads Blues” (later made famous by Cream) here:
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