Skip James - I'm So Glad: The Complete 1931 Recordings (CD)

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Release Date: 12/12/06

With his high, eerie falsetto and haunting guitar tunings, Skip James sounds like no other country blues player. Although his lyrics were generally drawn from the floating bag of clichés that showed up in countless blues songs, his atmospheric recordings, made in 1931 for Paramount, gave James' songs the appearance of poignancy, and his sad, lonely vocal style made them all seem heartfelt. When he was rediscovered in the mid-'60s, his skills were still intact, and he made several solid recordings for Vanguard and other labels, but his reputation really rests on the 18 tracks from the 1930s presented here. 'Devil Got My Woman,' 'Cypress Grove Blues,' and 'Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues' are all one of a kind classics, as are 'I'm So Glad' (later covered by Cream) and 'Illinois Blues,' both of which contain kinetic acoustic guitar breaks that simply explode out of the verses. James was also a pretty interesting piano player, and his playing on 'If You Haven't Any Hay Get on Down the Road' sounds again like no other country blues pianist. These are beautiful and maverick performances, and essential, country blues listening.

Label: Document Records
Genre: Blues
Run Time: 70 mins

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