Robert Johnson’s catalog gets collector’s set treatment

Don’t have a bottomless slush fund to buy original Robert Johnson 78s?

Robert Johnson New Vinyl Box Set

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Robert Johnson's birth, a new vinyl box set has been released.

Now you can get closer to that experience than ever before, thanks to the limited-edition collector’s set Sony/Legacy is producing in honor of the 100th anniversary of Johnson’s birth this year.

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“Robert Johnson The Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition” features a dozen 10-inch vinyl records housed in a 78 RPM album book, with each record recreated to match the historical look and feel of Johnson’s original 78s, right down to reproduction labels. Retail price is $349.

Sets will only be sold online. They are available for preorder at Each set is hand numbered and the collector’s edition is limited to a run of 1,000. Shipping began April 26, 2011.

The set includes a booklet featuring new essays about Johnson, as well as photos. The vinyl tracklist is: Disc 1: “Kind Hearted Woman Blues” / “Terraplane Blues;” Disc 2: “30-20 Blues” / “Last Fair Deal Gone Down;” Disc 3: “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” / “Dead Shrimp Blues;” Disc 4: “Ramblin’ On My Mind” / “Cross Road Blues;” Disc 5: “Come on In My Kitchen” / “They’re Red Hot;” Disc 6: “Sweet Home Chicago” / “Walkin’ Blues;” Disc 7: “From Four Until Late” / “Hellhound On My Trail;” Disc 8: “Stones in my Passway” / “I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man;” Disc 9: “Malted Milk” / “Milkcow’s Calf Blues;” Disc 10: “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” / “Honeymoon Blues;” Disc 11: “Little Queen of Spades” / “Me And the Devil Blues;” and Disc 12: “Preachin’ Blues” / “Love In Vain.”

Each collector’s set also will include:
• “The Robert Johnson Centennial Collection” 2-CD set.
• “Rarities From the Vaults” 2-CD set, which includes “Rare Victor Blues” recordings from the Sony/Victor vaults, as well as “Also Playing,” which features other performers who recorded on the same day. Alternate takes for 13 songs are featured in the bonus items, as well as tracks the songs “Travelling Riverside Blues,” “When You’ve Got a Good Friend,” “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day,” “Drunken Hearted Man” and “Phonograph Blues.”
• “The Life and Music Of Robert Johnson: Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl” DVD.




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