Skip James ‎– The Complete 1931 Session - 1931 Delta Blues 180 Grm LP

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Skip James ‎– The Complete 1931 Session

Yazoo ‎– L 1072
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Reissue, 180 Gram
Country Blues, Delta Blues


A1 Devil Got My Woman
A2 If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
A3 Hard Luck Child
A4 Drunken Spree
A5 Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
A6 Be Ready When He Comes
A7 How Long "Buck"
A8 I'm So Glad
A9 Cherry Ball Blues


B1 Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
B2 22-20 Blues
B3 4 O'Clock Blues
B4 Jesus Is A MIghty Good Leader
B5 Yola My Blues Away
B6 What Am I To Do Blues
B7 Special Rider Blues
B8 Illinois Blues
B9 Cypress Grove Blues



Artwork By [Cover Art] – George Underwood
Liner Notes – Steve Calt*
Mastered By – Nick Perls
180 gram
Sticker on wrap: "180 gram: *Limited Edition Classic LP, *High-Definition Premium For Super Fidelity, *The Nicest Thing You Can Do For Your Stylus And Your Ears"
Spin: YAZOO L-1072

( Blues Foundatiom) " While many of the great blues recordings have been commercial hits, there are others that sank almost without a trace. Skip James’ Paramount singles, for instance — nine of them, all recorded in 1931, after the Depression had struck the record business —
are so rare that the magazine 78 Quarterly reported that no more than three dozen copies of his Paramount 78s, in total, had been documented among collections known to the magazine. The transcendent quality of James’ music would make his records priceless by any standard, however. Elegant and mysterious, his unique singing and guitar playing could sound almost heavenly, yet his lyrics were often burdened with gloom and desolation. ‘Devil Got My Woman’ and ‘Hard Time Killin’ Floor’ are both Blues Hall of Fame singles,"


" Now if you aren't already aware of Skip James, I suggest finding some cuts from this record on youtube or some music service. He "came back" in the early 60s during the folk revival. Those recordings sound better, but, the performances are not nearly as great as these earlier versions are. So look for the 1931 versions (sometimes referred to as the 1930 versions; I'm not sure which year is correct). Despite inferior sound, this is the only Skip James record you'll ever need.

Having said all that, I can now say this is easily one of my top 10 records of all time. I like this even more than Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, or Charley Patton. He's my favorite pre-1940 artist and more people need to hear what he was doing back then, and how it was delivered. It is astonishing. (I'm So Glad was covered by Cream, for what that's worth, and several artists have covered "Devil Got My Woman" and "If You Haven't Any Hay." Special Rider is one of my favorites." ( amazon customer)

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Yazoo
Color Black