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(Sunset Blvd Records) 14 tracks Elmore James is known as the "King of Slide Guitar". He was... more

Elmore James: Hits & Rarities (LP, 180g Vinyl)

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Elmore James is known as the "King of Slide Guitar". He was inspired by the local performances of Robert Johnson, whose "Dust My Broom" became James' signature song and laid the foundation for his recording career. First recorded by James in August 1951, "Dust My Broom" contains the strongest example of his stylistic signature: a sweeping, octave-filling opening figure on the slide guitar. He is credited with practically inventing blues rock by energizing the original riffs with a raw, driving intensity.

Elmore James left behind a series of classic blues songs that influenced a legion of slide players in Chicago, and his songs have been cut by the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Canned Heat, Fleetwood Mac and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. "You can hear his characteristic riff at least once a night from any slide guitarist who works," wrote music historian Tony Glover, "but no one has ever quite reached that vocal intensity that turned the lonely moans of the delta into a Chicago cry. 12" Vinyl 180 grams of BLACK vinyl. New original artwork exclusively for this package, created by Joe Ciard

Article properties: Elmore James: Hits & Rarities (LP, 180g Vinyl)

  • Interpret: Elmore James

  • Album titlle: Hits & Rarities (LP, 180g Vinyl)

  • Genre Blues

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • Label Sunset Blvd Records

  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 0708535795421

  • weight in Kg 0.3
James, Elmore - Hits & Rarities (LP, 180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 The Sky Is Crying (Fire 1016) Elmore James
02 Shake Your Moneymaker (Fire 504) Elmore James
03 It Hurts Me Too (Enjoy 2015) Elmore James
04 Something Inside Me (Fire 5001) Elmore James
05 Look On Yonder Wall (Fire 504) Elmore James
06 Stranger Blues (Fire 1503) Elmore James
07 Dust My Broom (Fire Lp 102) (Chicago-Cut Mono Version) Elmore James
08 My Kind Of Woman Elmore James
09 Strange Angel Elmore James
10 One Way Out Elmore James
11 Person To Person Elmore James
12 So Unkind Elmore James
13 Mean Mistreatin Mama Elmore James
14 I Gotta Go Now Elmore James
Elmore James It didn't seem to much matter whether Fire Records boss Bobby Robinson... more
"Elmore James"

Elmore James

It didn't seem to much matter whether Fire Records boss Bobby Robinson booked a studio to record slide guitar master Elmore James in Chicago, New York, or New Orleans. Elmore ripped into his own Shake Your Moneymaker at Cosimo Matassa's self-named studio in the Crescent City during the summer of 1961, the Harlem-based Robinson making the trip down to oversee the session.

After supervising Elmore's '59 comeback hit The Sky Is Crying in Chicago with the guitarist's own Broomdusters in sturdy support (see Disc Five), Robinson had helmed a couple of James dates at Beltone Studios in New York with the cream of the city's blues sessioneers behind him. But Elmore was now living mostly in Jackson, Mississippi (problems with the Chicago musicians union made it all but impossible for him to secure work there), so James met Bobby in the Crescent City to record with his Jackson-based band: Johnny 'Big Moose' Walker rattled the 88s, Sammy Lee Bully stroked the electric bass, and King Mose Taylor was on drums.

The non-union session was held under sweltering conditions that don't seem to have slowed the tough little combo down any; Moneymaker rides a fluid glide that's different from the grinding thrust that his platters traditionally had. This is no Dust My Broom retread, but fresh territory for James, whose vocal is all but unintelligible in spots yet thoroughly compelling from one end to the other. Of course, his savage slide work connects as solidly as ever.

Robinson had searched long and hard to locate Elmore prior to the date that spawned The Sky Is Crying, and the producer remained faithful to him to the end. That sad day arrived unexpectedly on May 24, 1963, when James succumbed to a heart attack at his bassist 'Homesick' James Williamson's house on Chicago's near North Side. He was only 45 and had long suffered from a bad ticker. With help from local deejay Big Bill Hill, Elmore had straightened out his longstanding dispute with the union and was primed to resume performing in the Windy City when he died, as well as planning his first European tour.

The electric blues idiom has seen its share of iconic slide guitarists over the decades. For a great many enthusiasts of the genre, there can be no better example of the crashing power of cold bottleneck or metal tube incisively applied to six amplified strings than the classic lick powering Elmore's Dust My Broom.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois 

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