Complete Early Recordings CD (1994)

Artist: Skip James

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Label Yazoo
SKU 60044164
UPC 016351200921
UPC 14 00016351200921
Format CD
Release Date 8/30/1994
Author Skip James
Associated Artist/Work Block, Rory
Technical Info
CatalogID YAZCD 2009
Lable Name Yazoo
Released 08/23/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00016351200921
Album Notes and Credits
This collection contains all the Skip James tracks released by Paramount records in 1931 in chronological order.
Personnel includes: Skip James (vocals, guitar, piano).
Includes liner notes by Steve Calt.
Personnel: Skip James (vocals, guitar, piano).
Recording information: 02/1931.
THE COMPLETE EARLY RECORDINGS by Skip James is one of the most essential blues albums in existence. With a voice that sounds like wind carving away rock (he sings in a high, quavering falsetto ringed with knowledge and pain), James laid down some of the most chilling acoustic blues ever set to wax.
"Devil Got My Woman," which opens this collection, is a case in point: a snaking siren song that leads down to the root of loss and mortal dread (if that description sounds like an exaggeration, listen to the track). James's deft, fingerpicking is everywhere in evidence, especially on the uncharacteristically ebullient "I'm So Glad." The surface noise of these old 78s is a distraction, but even that can't dilute the unbelievable power of these performances.
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (8/95, p.55) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...this haunting collection...has the power to catch you by the throat. Using his high, keening voice and refined modal guitar picking, James infuses `rags' and blues with an inner-directed melancholy that perfectly fits his lyrics on death, desolation, devilry and the Depression..."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/01, p.44) - "...Enigmatic and fascinating..."
Disc 1
1 Devil Got My Woman
2 Cypress Grove Blues
3 Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
4 Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
5 Drunken Spree
6 Cherry Ball Blues
7 Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
8 Illinois Blues
9 How Long "Buck"
10 4 O'Clock Blues
11 22-20 Blues
12 Hard Luck Child
13 If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
14 Be Ready When He Comes
15 Yola My Blues Away
16 I'm So Glad
17 What Am I To Do Blues
18 Special Rider Blues

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