If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day

Album: King Of The Delta Blues (1936)
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  • Recorded November 27, 1936, this is as close to a religious song that Robert Johnson ever came to writing. According to Dave Rubin in Robert Johnson - King Of The Delta Blues, the verse is 17 measures long although it feels like 16 due to the two measures in 2/4 time. This makes it vaguely similar to the much later Deep Purple blues track "Why Didn't Rosemary?" >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England

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  • Oldpink from Farmland, InThanks so much for adding more entries for this music legend.
    This song is just great, with RJ's intensity of singing and wonderful riff.
    We all are so fortunate that Columbia had high quality available for both of his sessions.
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