Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers
|Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers|
|Studio album by Skip James|
|Recorded||December 16, 1964, Falls Church, Virginia|
|Producer||Richard Spottswood, Louisa Spottswood|
|Skip James chronology|
Cover of the 2003 reissue of Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers
James had recorded for the Paramount label in the 1930s without success. He was "rediscovered" in 1964 by the blues enthusiasts John Fahey, Bill Barth and Henry Vestine who found him in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi.
Fahey and his partner in Takoma Records, ED Denson, signed James to a recording contract and he recorded at Gene Rosethal's basement studio in Silver Spring, Maryland. Because of legal issues concerning the rights to the songs, the recording was not released by Takoma. It was eventually released as She Lyin'.
The material for Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers was recorded in the home of the musicologist and author Richard K. Spottswood in December 1964 and completed in July 1965. It was released on Spottswood's Melodeon Records which was later sold to Biograph Records. Biograph reissued the material under the same title adding "Motherless & Fatherless", "Skip's Worried Blues", "Catfish Blues" and "Cypress Grove Blues". They also reissued the recordings with a different track order as A Tribute to Skip James and two other tracks from the 1964 sessions were included on King of the Delta Blues Singers. Biograph also released the material on CD as Hard Time Killing Floor Blues in 2003.
In his review for Allmusic, Jason Ankeny wrote: "Although his guitar skills have lost a step in the intervening years, the passage of time has only made James' vocals that much more expressive; his new material is especially devastating, in particular "Sick Bed Blues" and "Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues," both detailing the fight with cancer that eventually led to his death."
All tracks written by Skip Jmes.
|1.||"Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues"||3:25|
|2.||"Sick Bed Blues"||3:22|
|3.||"Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues"||4:13|
|4.||"Devil Got My Woman"||6:17|
|6.||"I Don't Want a Woman to Stay Out All Night Long"||4:32|
|7.||"Cherry Ball Blues"||3:51|
|8.||"All Night Long"||4:36|
- Skip James – vocals, guitar, piano
- Richard K. Spottswood – producer
- Louisa Spottswood – producer
- Pete Kuykendall – engineer
- Bob O'Connell – cover drawing
- Bob Turner – cover design
- Ed Morris – liner notes
- Calt, Stephen (1994). I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the blues. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-80579-0.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers > Reissue review". Allmusic. Retrieved February 7, 2011.