Lonnie Johnson : Portraits in Blues

Lonnie Johnson : Portraits in Blues


Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar), Otis Spann (piano)

Storyville 616 010

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Tomorrow Night
A2 - Clementine Blues
A3 - See See Rider
A4 - Raining on the Cold, Cold Ground
A5 - Jelly Jelly
B1 - Too Late to Cry
B2 - Call Me Darling
B3 - Why Did You Go
B4 - Swingin' With Lonnie
B5 - Please Help Me

Recorded in 1963

Blues guitar simply would not have developed in the manner that it did if not for the prolific brilliance of Lonnie Johnson. He was there to help define the instrument's future within the genre and the genre's future itself at the very beginning, his melodic conception so far advanced from most of his pre-war peers as to inhabit a plane all his own.

For more than 40 years, Johnson played blues, jazz, and ballads his way; he was a true blues originator whose influence hung heavy on a host of subsequent blues immortals. Johnson's influence was massive, touching everyone from Robert Johnson, whose seminal approach bore strong resemblance to that of his older namesake, to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, who each paid heartfelt tribute with versions of "Tomorrow Night" while at Sun.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.