Skip James – Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers - 1964 Blues - Blue Vinyl LP
Skip James – Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers
Sutro Park – SP-1019
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Blue
Limited edition of 500 on blue and white starburst vinyl.
Catalog number is listed as SP 1019 on the jacket front.
05 May 2016
A1 Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
A2 Sick Bed Blues
A3 Washington DC Hospital Center Blues
A4 Devil Got My Woman
A5 Skip's Worried Blues
B1 Illinois Blues
B2 I Don't Want A Woman To Stay Up All Night Long
B3 Cherry Ball Blues
B4 All Night Long
B5 Motherless & Fatherless
Licensed From – Shout! Factory
Artwork – Bob O'Connell, Bob Turner
Photography By – Pete Grant
Producer – Richard Spottswood, Louisa Spottswood
Recorded By – Pete (Roberts) Kuykendall
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (on sticker): 7 25543 10191 4
The 1964 Skip James LP Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers, consisting of Skip's first recordings in three decades after being rediscovered via that year's Newport Folk Festival.
(amazon customer) " On this recording, Skip James sings with even more intimacy and heartbreak than before (although, after hearing the early recordings, that just doesn't seem possible!). His falsetto is more fragile, his moans are more painful, his words are sung with added meaning. Want to make your blood curl? First listen to the original "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" from the 1930s. This is one of the most powerful blues songs ever recorded, fully documenting the poverty, murder, and horror of the Depression-era deep south. Then listen to the version of the same song on this album...the pacing is slower, the words are almost whispers, the guitar work is eerie and crawling, his voice is more fragile. He sounds broken. Thirty years of living penniless in the Mississippi Delta will do that to a man.
James revisits all of his famous songs--"Killing Floor", "Devil Got My Woman", "Cherry Ball" - all of which are very different from their original recordings. And it's all guitar work; James had apparently retired from piano playing by the time of his rediscovery.
He also gives us some new tracks--most outstanding are "Washington DC Hospital Center Blues" and "Sick Bed Blues", both of which are about his long battle with cancer, which ultimately claimed him just a couple years after these recordings.
Some would argue that Skip James reached his peak in the 1930s and these later recordings are of lesser quality. I beg to differ--I'd say that he never lost it. He only grew older, and his music changed with him. Not only was his musical genius as strong as ever, he had lived through thirty years of hell--thus giving him the uncanny ability to drive the blues into your soul like a stake through the heart."