Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Hard Time Killing Floor Blues was the first session Skip James recorded following his rediscovery by John Fahey and Henry Vestine in the mid-'60s. Though he had not played the blues for more than 20 years, his skills were largely undiminished, and he turns in a fantastic set here. James was the pinnacle of the Bentonia Mississippi sound, which combines complex fingerpicking with falsetto vocals, resulting in somewhat spooky-sounding strain of blues. James reprises several of his 1931 Paramount sides on this session, as well as a couple new tunes that chronicle the illnesses of James' latter days. Anyone with a passing interest in acoustic blues should own some James. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Hard Time Killing Floor Blues was the first session Skip James recorded following his rediscovery by John Fahey and Henry Vestine in the mid-'60s. Though he had not played the blues for more than 20 years, his skills were largely undiminished, and he turns in a fantastic set here. James was the pinnacle of the Bentonia Mississippi sound, which combines complex fingerpicking with falsetto vocals, resulting in somewhat spooky-sounding strain of blues. James reprises several of his 1931 Paramount sides on this session, as well as a couple new tunes that chronicle the illnesses of James' latter days. Anyone with a passing interest in acoustic blues should own some James. This set would make a great starting point, especially for those who don't take well to the surface noise that can accompany his '30s sessions. The new mastering here sounds rich and warm. Highly recommended. [This set was previously released as Biograph 122, with a different running order.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663016925
  • Catalog Number: 30169
  • Sales rank: 51,827

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skip James Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Skip James Composer
Henry Thomas Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Arnold S. Caplin Producer, Reissue Producer
Brett J. Bonner Liner Notes
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