A musical note Robert Johnson, despite his talent and reputation, was discovered late in his life by the recording world. He visited visited a studio for the first time in 1936, and issued only 11 78s in his lifetime. All his existing recordings 29 compositions, plus alternate takes for most were reissued in 1990 on a double CD, Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings. On Columbia's Legacy imprint, it includes lyrics, recording recording information and extensive liner notes on Johnson's life and impact. It's the best way to immerse yourself in Johnson's work, and is well worth the money whether you consider yourself a big blues fan or not. After this, you could become one. Ron Rollins 'Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings' provides a formative look at the blues.