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Devil Got My Woman
Skip James
Devil Got My Woman
Genres: Blues, Pop


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All Artists: Skip James
Title: Devil Got My Woman
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: 11/26/1991
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Delta Blues, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Piano Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 015707927321, 0090204729968, 015707927345, 015707927321

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A unique artist brilliantly captured near the end of life.
Stephen Taylor | 06/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Other Amazon reviews of this disc and "Skip James Today" suggest some kind of strongly held private agenda in favor of his early recordings reissued on Yazoo. While the rediscovered Skip was more contemplative, less fierce and more limited to falsetto singing than the young Skip, these recordings are still astonishing, among the few real glories of the blues rediscovery era, and indispensable. The Vanguard recordings are much more satisfying than most of the other rediscovery sessions, and some of them achieve real greatness. It's an eerie, otherworldly music, and definitely an acquired taste, but don't be swayed by those who would tell you to avoid these "rediscovery" recordings. Many of them will reward you for years to come. I've been listening to this disc and "Today" since they were issued as lps in the '60s."
Skip James mellowed like wine
Stephen Taylor | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | 11/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Skip James was a Baptist preacher, not a professional musician, so aside from an incredible recording he made for Paramount Records in 1931, he wasn't widely sought out as a performer until the blues revival of the late '50s and early '60s. By that time, his voice and style had mellowed and aged (like most good musicians and all good wine) and while for some unkwown reason several reviewers think this is a fault, James made a very impressive appearance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, which is recorded on this disc. The CD features newer arrangements of several songs from James' 1931 Paramount recording, like the well-known title track "Devil Got My Woman". There are also some jazzier songs for piano here like the "22-20 Blues" and "Careless Love".While I know this is "the blues" and there's a certain amount of mellowness going on, after listening to about five tracks of Skip James accompanying himself on the guitar, you'll probably be in the mood for something more upbeat -- which is exactly why the tracks of Skip James accompanying himself on the piano come in like a slippery kiss from your cute girlfriend. Great disc! Recommended. Five stars."
Not what you might expect.
Stephen Taylor | 06/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First time listeners might be a little thrown by James's vocals and low-key styling. In some ways it's closer to John Hurt. But he is well worth listening to. This album has distinctive jazz feeling not normally associated with acoustic blues. I defy anyone to find a creepier song than the title track."