Friday, June 24, 2011
Robert Johnson and the Blues
The most famous 'cover' of this song is that by Eric Clapton. Here he is, with Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums in the Cream reunion concert at Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
As you can hear, this is hugely different from the original, as are most rock versions of Robert Johnson songs. But in 2004, Eric Clapton released a CD and DVD entitled Sessions for Robert Johnson in which he offers both electric and acoustic versions of Robert Johnson's music. For one session, they returned to the original location of one of Robert Johnson's recording sessions: 508 Park Avenue in Dallas, Texas. Because he is attempting to return to the original music and atmosphere, this appeals to the historical musicologist in me! Here is Clapton with Doyle Bramhall II on slide guitar doing "Hellhound on My Trail".
Maybe this is a blues version of the "Early Music Movement" where they try and re-create historical musical styles.