This CD is a rare and historic live-in-the-studio recording of a blues legend.� John Campbell recorded these magical performances as demo, years before his Electra contract and untimely death.� On these recordings you will hear one man with a presumably a 1930�s era National Resophonic, a then pristine 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo, and all his heart and soul, whisking you away on a mystical journey.
No electronic tracks were used to alter John�s renditions of these blues classics that were woven with the charm and heartfelt passion of a man who lived his craft.� You�ll hear the incredible syncopation of his hands, his ethereal voice, and the beat of his foot keeping time.� Robin Hood Studios captured Campbell�s complete essence; metal on wood slide guitar rattles and the very breath and snarls of a brilliant apprentice to the blues.� They were also able to chronicle a musician steeped in deep country blues, whose performances during this session were not destined to be heard until now.
�Campbell imbibed the spirit of the masters of the blues.� If you were lucky enough to have witnessed his shows you would have been a participant in a classroom where the blues was the subject.� John gave lessons in the blues on a nightly basis.� His venues became his classroom where he lectured ancient blues theory.� He demonstrated piano and banjo style blues guitar methods, as well as Mississippi-delta slide technique.� Audiences the world over were enthralled at his sheer finger picking ability and his thunderous right hand technique.� *
Mojo Hand, a fitting epitaph, is presented on this recording where you�ll hear John�s derelict plea of �I�m Goin� Back to Louisiana.�� Welcome home, John Campbell, welcome home.
*Excerpt from the future release of the biography, Road of the Conqueror, the Life of John Campbell.
TECHNICAL AND SESSION NOTES:
Master Tape Speed: 15 IPS
Scully �� � track stereo analog recorder
Microphones: Neumann U 67/U 87 � Shure Sm 53/57 � Telefunken ELA M 250
Recorded at Robin Head Studios, Sunnybrook, Tyler, Texas
Engineer: Robin Hood Brians
John Campbell, guitars and vocals
Produced by: Scott R. Van Dusen for Sphere Sound Records, USA
Transferred/Mastered at Bravura Sound & Frank Scheidt Audio, Rochester, N.Y.
Mastered by Matthew D. Guanere with Scott R. Van Dusen
Analog to digital transfer April 1996
Mastered May 1999
Legal: Christopher J. Calabrese, Attorney at Law
Trademarks: Robert J. Bird, Attorney at Law
CD Artwork at Packaging: Ron Brancato � Brancato Creative
Label re-issue design: Scott R. Van Dusen and Andrew Lesny
Package photography of Campbell�s 1952 Gibson: Anmari Linardi
Robin Hood Studio photo courtesy of Robin Hood Brians
Shreveport Journal photos reproduced with permission
Editor of Scott�s ambient pen, William Nowlk
Gracias: John Campbell, Sr., Ellen and Jeff Searcey, Dolly Fox-Campbell, Bill Campbell
Dedicated to the spirit of John Campbell, 1952-1993