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Robert Johnson Songbook [Import]

Peter Green, Splinter GroupAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Artisan UK
  • ASIN: B000006PYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When You Got A Good Friend
2. 32-20 Blues
3. Phonograph Blues
4. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
5. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
6. Walkin' Blues
7. Love In Vain Blues
8. Ramblin' On My Mind
9. Stones In My Passway
10. Me And The Devil Blues
11. Honeymoon Blues
12. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
13. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
14. Sweet Home Chicago

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The First Studio CD in Almost 20 Years from British Blues Legend and Fouder of Fleetwood Mac.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Guitar magazine review: February 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Here is an amazing album with an amazing history. It begins as a tale of two musicians in the best of times and the worst of times. The story starts with Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, a fabled musician who lived a haunted life. According to the most romantic of myths, he sold his soul at a country crossroads at midnight in order to play guitar and sing the blues. He died young at the hands of a jealous husband who poisoned Johnson's whiskey, leaving behind but a handful of songs. The legend of Robert Johnson has grown stronger---and certainly more fanciful---with time, but there's no denying the astounding music that he made, music that has influenced everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton. And Peter Green. Green grew up in England as Peter Greenbaum, a good Jewish boy who dreamed of playing the blues. He may not have sold his soul, but he was obsessed with music and practiced until he could play like the devil. The young guitar prodigy made his name in the early, blues incarnation of Fleetwood Mac before moving on to replace Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Green's command of the blues won him renown equal in the minds of some fans to Mike Bloomfield and Duane Allman. Peter Green could bend the right note at the right time. But Green's pursuit of guitar star fame came to a troublesome end in the early 1970s. One story states that he was spiked with bad LSD---a story uncannily akin to Johnson's---and went off the deep end; other tales blame mental imbalance or stress for his downfall. Either way, Green left the music world and became a recluse; some accounts liken him to a character out of a Charles Dickens novel, an unkempt wanderer with scarily long fingernails. But it's here that the stories of Robert Johnson and Peter Green diverge. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta Blues, London Style April 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD back when it was issued but hadn't listened to it much until recently when Peter Green's fellow British guitar wizard Eric Clapton issued his own tribute to Robert Johnson called Me and Mr. Johnson. Although the two CDs are very different in both approach and sound, I like them both. The one I would pick as the "best" would depend on my mood on any given day. But if its "authenticity" you seek, then Green's Robert Johnson Songbook comes closest to the Delta Blues sound.
Since I have not actually heard most of Johnson's own work, I won't inject myself into the "what would Johnson do?" speculations. I have a feeling that he would be pleased and amused that so many white boys see him as a blues god and want to cover his music. However, I have heard all these songs before covered by a variety of artists from across the rock and blues spectrum, so I can comment on their relative merits.
There is a lot to like here. Green and his sidekick Nigel Watson put their hearts into this recording and serve up some very tasty Delta Blues, London style. I like the whole CD, but my favorite renditions here are of Phonograph Blues, a gospel-flavored Last Fair Deal Gone Down, a slow, Stones-like Love in Vain Blues, the mournful Stones In My Passway, the macho I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, and the swinging Sweet Home Chicago.
The CD comes with an informative booklet that compares and contrasts the lives of Robert Johnson and Peter Green. It also offers some intimate observations on how the idea for this tribute was born. If you like the blues in general and aren't a stickler for note-for-note authenticity, then I recommend The Robert Johnson Songbook highly.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice, Surprising Effort by Green October 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
To be quite honest, I originally bought this album b/c my curiousity got the best of me. As a fan of Peter Green in his Mayall & Mac days, & being quite aware of his situation, I knew I wasn't going to be getting this disc to hear that tone out of his Les Paul that KNOCKED me out.
And I was right. But I also enjoyed this album considerably. No tone, no Les Paul, but this is a great disc if you really enjoy the acoustic blues like I do. It might be me, but this is some of the CLOSEST covers of Robert Johnson one will likely hear...anywhere. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I was blown away by the actual "feel" they achieved to the original recordings of Po' Robert in the 30's, which is a challenge in its own right.
I really don't know what Green played on these sessions, & from what I hear, he enjoys playing the harp & some guitar while Nigel Watson handled much of the soloing. But again, that isn't a bad thing. His voice has aged exceptionally well through the years (especially for the material they played).... & it was just great to hear that Peter Green was back playing & making music again. But make no mistake: the music is excellent on this album. Very ironic that Peter Green makes his way back, playing Robert Johnson songs...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a mature artist at the top of his form. November 28, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This effort by Peter Green and the Splinter Group is excellent. Having listened to the Blues by the original artists for years, it is eveident that Green loves and knows well the material as well as what lies beyond the surface of it. He is restrained and mature in his playing and his vocals are deep and rich. Green realy makes this great music fresh and yet true to tradition. Good support by the Splinter Group. A great album for either Peter Green fans or for those unfamilar with him but great fans of the blues. May God bless Peter with good healtha and keep him making good music for years to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Peter Green
Excellent works of Robert Johnson with a wonderful melancholic voice of Peter Green and fantastic execution of Nigel Watson. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michel Sh.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta Blues
I really enjoy the way Peter Green performs the old delta blues. He keeps it simple and authenic. Good Stuff
Published 21 months ago by fr136
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album of Robert Johnson Covers
This is a very good album of Robert Johnson covers. It's one of two albums of Robert Johnson material that Peter Green and Nigel Watson have released. Both albums are worth having. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop-Dead Gorgeous
I admit I was disappointed when this CD came out. Since Peter Green had returned to performing and recording in 1996, I was hoping for new songs from him. Read more
Published on April 2, 2004 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice idea well realized
On "The Robert Johnson Songbook", and its 13-track companion volume "Hot Foot Powder", Peter Green goes through all of Robert Johnson's twenty-nine recorded songs. Read more
Published on November 20, 2003 by Docendo Discimus
4.0 out of 5 stars Comeback Player of the Year
An excellent return from a welcome old friend. Riveting & gut wrenchingly beautiful, simple, sraightforward blues with a feeling. Read more
Published on December 16, 2002 by Stephen Hedt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Robert Johnson Songbook
Like a little Blues in your life? Well, You can't beat this.
Did you ever buy a record that only had one good song on it? Read more
Published on November 24, 2002 by "csmith606"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - buy this cd NOW!
This has got to be one of the great all time blues CD's from a man who really know's the blues. A great tribute to America's bluesman Robert Johnson. Read more
Published on July 26, 2001 by Manjit Gidwani
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice acoustic effort.
When one thinks of Peter Green's contributions to the legacy of British Blues music it is his passionate, soulful electric soloing and compositions that clearly made his mark. Read more
Published on December 21, 2000
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