Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

by Skip JamesSkip James


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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2003
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663016925
catalogNumber: 30169
Rank: 63759


  1. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
  2. Sickbed Blues
  3. Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues
  4. Devil Got My Woman
  5. Illinois Blues
  6. I Don't Want a Woman to Stay Out All Night Long
  7. Cherry Ball Blues
  8. Skip's Worried Blues
  9. Cypress Grove Blues
  10. Catfish Blues
  11. Motherless & Fatherless
  12. All Night Long

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