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    Robert Johnson's "Hell Hound On My Trail" b/w "From Four Until Late." Vocalion 03623 (1937) 78 RPM. "...And the days keeps on worryin' me there's a hellhound on my trail... I can tell the wind is risin' leaves tremblin on the tree. All I need's my little sweet woman and to keep my company." The lyrics of this Robert Johnson classic reflect two of the driving themes of his life- the Devil and rambling. We've all heard the stories about him selling his soul for his mastery of the guitar and many of his lyrics do portray a man wrestling with spiritual issues. His rambling is also legendary- Johnson would play anywhere there was someone to listen including coal yards, speakeasies, levee camps, taverns, even street corners. He traveled to the east coast, the midwest, as far away as Canada. This song utilizes a choppy time signature and strays from the standard 12-bar format. Seldom has the age-old image of Cerberus, Greek mythology's hound of Hades, been used so effectively. The flip side is a more traditional Johnson blues composition, "From Four Until Late," a song with the classic lyric: "A woman is like a dresser some man always ramblin' th'ough its drawers." This record appears EX 7 and plays VG-EX 6, excepting a minor warp at the beginning that affects the sound slightly for a few revolutions. The labels have a high-sheen surface and feature great color. There are only 10-15 known copies of this record extant.

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