Today! (Skip James album)

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RecordedJanuary 9–10, 1966
Genre Blues
Label Vanguard
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Today! is the third studio album by Delta blues musician Skip James, released in 1966 by Vanguard Records.



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AllMusic critic Ron Wynn wrote that "wonderful vocals, superb guitar and a couple of tunes with tasty piano make this essential." [1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Skip James except as noted.

Side One
1."Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"3:24
2."Crow Jane"3:00
3."Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues"4:12
4."Special Rider Blues"5:11
5."Drunken Spree"2:49
Side Two
7."How Long" Leroy Carr 2:58
8."All Night Long" 5:03
9."Cypress Grove" 4:20
10."Look Down the Road" 3:16
11."My Gal" 6:06
12."I'm So Glad" 1:54


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  1. 1 2 Ron, Wynn. "Today! > Review". Allmusic . Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  2. Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings . Penguin. p. 309. ISBN   978-0-140-51384-4.
  3. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 359.