Editors’ Notes The title of this album is to be taken literally. With his haunted pipes and astonishingly fluid fingers, Robert Johnson became the definitive Delta bluesman forevermore, thanks to the songs he recorded in 1936–37. Tunes like “Cross Road Blues” and “Walkin’ Blues” became standards of both blues and rock, but there will never be anything like the originals. When you hear Johnson’s almost otherworldly moan and bewitching fretwork, the old myth about him making a deal with the Devil for his talent doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

SONG
Cross Road Blues
1
2:29
 
Terraplane Blues
2
3:01
 
Come On In My Kitchen
3
2:52
 
Walkin' Blues
4
2:30
 
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
5
2:39
 
32-20 Blues
6
2:50
 
Kind Hearted Woman Blues
7
2:51
 
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
8
2:36
 
Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)
9
2:52
 
When You Got a Good Friend
10
2:38
 
Ramblin' On My Mind
11
2:52
 
Stones In My Passway
12
2:28
 
Traveling Riverside Blues
13
2:47
 
Milkcow's Calf Blues
14
2:17
 
Me and the Devil Blues
15
2:34
 
Hell Hound On My Trail
16
2:37
 
Traveling Riverside Blues (Alternate Take)
17
2:39