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Format: CD
Sku: 60044164
UPC: 016351200921
UPC 14: 00016351200921
Release Date: 8/30/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Devil Got My Woman ~ Skip James
2. Cypress Grove Blues ~ Skip James
3. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues ~ Skip James
4. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues ~ Skip James
5. Drunken Spree ~ Skip James
6. Cherry Ball Blues ~ Skip James
7. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader ~ Skip James
8. Illinois Blues ~ Skip James
9. How Long "Buck" ~ Skip James
10. 4 O'Clock Blues ~ Skip James
11. 22-20 Blues ~ Skip James
12. Hard Luck Child ~ Skip James
13. If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road ~ Skip James
14. Be Ready When He Comes ~ Skip James
15. Yola My Blues Away ~ Skip James
16. I'm So Glad ~ Skip James
17. What Am I To Do Blues ~ Skip James
18. Special Rider Blues ~ Skip James

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This collection contains all the Skip James tracks released by Paramount records in 1931 in chronological order.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Skip James (vocals, guitar, piano).
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Steve Calt.
Muze PNote Personnel: Skip James (vocals, guitar, piano).
Muze PNote Recording information: 02/1931.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote "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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vanguard: roots Of Folk
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Great Bluesmen-Newport Festiva
Muze Music Compilations Great Blues Men
Muze Music Compilations Blues At Newport-Newport Folk
Muze Music Compilations Hear Me Howling Blues Ballad
Muze Music Compilations Back To The Crossroads: Roots Of Robe

Associated Artists and Works

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James [Slipcase ~ Block, Rory

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/23/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : YAZCD 2009
Music Label Name Label : Yazoo
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00016351200921

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..."

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