Thirty years of living penniless in the Mississippi Delta will do that to a man. And it's all guitar work; James had apparently retired from piano playing by the time of his rediscovery. He includes a unique rendition of the folk-blues classic "Catfish Blues". 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 s 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.
I bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift. It did not take long for me to receive my purchase. The packaging was secure enough that there was no damage to the record sleeve and obiviously the record was intact. Plus you can't go wrong with Skip James! One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Quality album. Skip James seems to have a really unique style of guitar and singing he doesn't sound like most of the other blues players apart from devil got my woman which I find Robert Johnson like in many ways.
Overall great product and the vinyl is a limited edition and its also blue tie dye colour which is awesome not sure if coloured vinyl are common cos I only recently started collecting them but I liked that touch. Report abuse. A gift for my son. I'm sure he'll love it.. Back to top. Get to Know Us.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Just buy it. You will be glad you did. Brilliant record by the scare-ifying Skip James. Great album and great service. Skip James brings warmth to my heart and soul. Great album. 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? 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 He sounds broken. Thirty years of living penniless in the Mississippi Delta will do that to a man.
And it's all guitar work; James had apparently retired from piano playing by the time of his rediscovery. He includes a unique rendition of the folk-blues classic "Catfish Blues".
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