Skip James – The Complete 1931 Sessions
Skip James – The Complete 1931 Sessions
Skip James – The Complete 1931 Sessions
Skip James – The Complete 1931 Sessions

Skip James – The Complete 1931 Sessions

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Vocals, Guitar, Piano – Nehemiah "Skip" James

Written by Nehemiah "Skip" James (all tracks except A7 and B4), Leroy Carr (A7)

B4 is a traditional song arranged by Nehemiah "Skip" James


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Record Technology Incorporated

Label : ORG Music

Original Label : Matchbox Records

Recorded for Paramount in Grafton, Wisconsin, February 1931

Produced by Andrew Rossiter

Remastered by Dave Gardner & Nick Townsend at Infrasonic Mastering

Liner notes by author Larry Jaffee

Originally released in 1982

Reissued in November 2022



Side A:

  1. Devil Got My Woman
  2. If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
  3. Hard Luck Child
  4. Drunken Spree
  5. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
  6. Be Ready When He Comes
  7. How Long "Buck"
  8. I'm So Glad
  9. Cherry Ball Blues

Side B:

  1. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
  2. 22-20 Blues
  3. 4 O'Clock Blues
  4. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
  5. Yola My Blues Away
  6. What Am I To Do Blues
  7. Special Rider Blues
  8. Illinois Blues
  9. Cypress Grove Blues



“Skip James estimated that he recorded 26 sides for the Paramount label in 1931, but no one has ever turned up more than the 18 songs on this disc in any form. This was the first comprehensive collection of James' early music, showcasing his piano playing as well as his skills with a guitar, and was essential listening in the 1980s. However, the collection was only partly successful on a technical level. Paramount had been notorious for using the poorest and cheapest materials in its pressings and later junked its masters. Based on surviving production 78s, the quality of this release therefore left a lot to be desired even from a historical point of view. Yazoo later upgraded and retitled the collection when better sources and transferring techniques became available (see The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James).” AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder


Ratings :

AllMusic 4.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.78 / 5

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