Robert Johnson – Robert Johnson’s Cross Road Blues (1936)

“Cross Road Blues” is a song by Delta Blues singer Robert Johnson; released on a 78 rpm record in 1936 by Vocalion Records, catalogue 3519. The original version remained out of print after its initial release until the appearance of The Complete Recordings in 1990. In 1961, producer Frank Driggs substituted the previously unreleased alternative take on the first reissue of Johnson’s work, the long-playing album King of the Delta Blues Singers. Because of the historical significance of “Cross Road Blues”, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.




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All Time Top 100

Here are the 100 most popular v-log singles on REALVJ.COM in 2012!

The Flaming Lips feat. Erykah Badu – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (2012) 1
Motörhead – God Save The Queen (The Sex Pistols Cover) (2000) 2
Spiritualized – Little Girl (2012) 3
Lana Del Rey – Ride (2012) 4
Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce (2012) 5
Antony and the Johnsons – Cut the World (2012) 6
Steve Morell & Monika Pokorná – Lady Pheres (2012) 7
Icky Blossoms – Cycle (2012) 8
Wooden Shjips – Black Smoke Rise (2011) 9
Julien-K – Kick The Bass (2009) 10
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game (Alternate Version by David Lynch) (1990) 11
Bob Dylan – Duquesne Whistle (2012) 12
Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (2012) 13
Bear In Heaven – Sinful Nature (2012) 14
Laibach – Under The Iron Sky (2012) 15
Can – Dead Pigeon Suite (2012) 16
Recoil – Inheritance (2012) 17
The Rolling Stones – Doom And Gloom (Full Version) (2012) 18
John Cale – Face To The Sky (2012) 19
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who (2012) 20
Coldplay – Viva La Vida (Anton Corbijn Version) (2008) 21
Dead Skeletons – Buddha-Christ (2012) 22
The Vaccines – No Hope (2012) 23
Tyler, The Creator And Domo Genesis – Sam Is Dead (2012) 24
The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio (2012) 25
Sigur Rós – Fjögur píanó (2012) 26
Citizens! – True Romance (2011) 27
Solange Knowles – Losing You (2012) 28
Lorn – Weigh Me Down (2012) 29
Mark Stewart – Stereotype (2012) 30
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Only In My Dreams (2012) 31
Lord Cry Cry – Blind Lightnin’ Floor (2012) 32
Soulsavers – Take Me Back Home (2012) 33
Madonna – Turn Up The Radio (2012) 34
Jack White – Freedom At 21 (2012) 35
Sigur Rós – Ég anda (2012) 36
Jonathan Richman – I’m So Confused (1998) 37
Chromatics – Looking For Love (2012) 38
Glen Campbell – A Better Place (2012) 39
Justice – New Lands (2012) 40
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking (1985) 41
Golden Void – Virtue (2012) 42
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Ramada Inn (2012) 43
Dinosaur Jr. – Watch The Corners (2012) 44
Black Asteroid – Black Acid (2012) 45
Jack White – I’m Shakin’ (2012) 46
Scott Walker – Epizootics! (2012) 47
Galaxie 500 – Fourth of July (1990) 48
Tim Christensen & The Damn Crystals – Far Beyond Driven (2012) 49
Husky – The Woods (2012) 50
Lola Colt – Diamonds (2012) 51
Mount Eerie – The Place Lives (2012) 52
Bjӧrk – Mutual Core (2012) 53
Massive Attack feat. Terry Callier – Live With Me (2006) 54
John Lennon – Jealous Guy (1971) 55
The Special A.K.A. – Free Nelson Mandela (1984) 56
Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom (2012) 57
Depeche Mode – Wrong (2009) 58
Animal Collective – Today’s Supernatural (2012) 59
The Cure – The Walk (1983) 60
Kid Rock feat. Sean Penn – Americans (2012) 61
Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (2012) 62
The Cult – Element Light (Salem Remix) (2012) 63
R.E.M. – Blue (2012) 64
The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling (2012) 65
White Rabbits – Heavy Metal (2012) 66
The Subways – We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time (2011) 67
White Lung – Bag (2012) 68
Blondie – Heart Of Glass (1979) 69
The Unwinding Hours – Wayward (2012) 70
Grizzly Bear- Yet Again (2012) 71
Alice Cohen – Cascading Keys (2012) 72
Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver (2007) 73
Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones (2011) 74
Killing Joke – In Cythera (2012) 75
Lorn – Diamond (2012) 76
Sigur Rós – Fjögur Píanó (2012) 77
Steve Mason – Fight Them Back (2012) 78
Dwight Twilley – My Life (2011) 79
Lowell – Shake Him Off (2012) 80
M83 – Wait (2012) 81
Hot Chip – Don’t Deny Your Heart (2012) 82
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (2012) 83
Dirty Projectors – About to Die (2012) 84
Veronica Falls – Teenage (2012) 85
The Polyphonic Spree – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (2012) 86
Andrea Schroeder – Blackberry Wine (2012) 87
The Weeknd – The Zone (2012) 88
The Child Of Lov – Heal (2012) 89
Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (2010) 90
Chromatics – Cherry (2012) 91
Ringo Deathstarr – Rip (2012) 92
Prince – Rock and Roll Love Affair (2012) 93
FaltyDL – She Sleeps (2012) 94
Can – Deadly Doris (2012) 95
Xiu Xiu – Honey-Suckle (2012) 96
Roses Gabor – Stars (2012) 97
Pinback – Fortress (2007) 98
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry (1983) 99
Peaking Lights – Beautiful Dub (2012) 100



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Prince – Rock and Roll Love Affair (2012)

Set in the Purple Rain star’s famous Paisley Park Studios, the video shows Prince sporting a ‘classically cool’ look, complete with afro and round sunglasses. The clip also features some members of his band, the NPG, including Andy Allo, who released her own album, Superconductor, earlier this week. Drummer Hannah Ford and bassist Ida Nielsen show off 20s-inspired attire, with the whole video seemingly depicting a modern take on a vintage scene. His first official music video in over 3 years, this also has significance because of its release onto YouTube, a medium Prince has rallied against for several years. Add to that the release of Andy’s album on iTunes yesterday and we might possibly be seeing a shift in thinking, or perhaps simply a concession, by the iconic musician whose 35-year career has spanned several major changes to the music industry landscape. [Source]




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Brian Eno – China My China (1974)

Here’s a vintage Brian Eno rarity, a 1974 promo video for “China My China,” which also features Judy Nylon of Snatch.

According to the poster:

A Pre-MTV pre-release promo for Eno’s 1974 LP Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy. Brian performs in front of a stack of tube TVs backed by Judy Nylon and Polly Eltes on guitars. Polly and Judy also sing on the LP. This was recorded in 1974 at Island Records in Shepherds Bush where it languished for all these years in the tape storage room. [Source]




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Peaking Lights – Beautiful Dub (2012)

If you follow Peaking Lights (or Whiteboard Journal) then you would know that they have recently released Lucifer in Dub, the self-made dub remixes of their 2012 full length album, Lucifer. The album now has its first music video, and it is for Beautiful Dub (it’s original name: Beautiful Son). Unlike the original version, Beautiful Dub is… well… a lot “dubbier”. Indra Dunis’ voice weaves in and out of the reggae groove, giving a very psychedelic effect while we watch footage of a surfer getting an equally mind-bending treatment. [Source]




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