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Elmore James Shake Your Moneymaker: The 'Fire' Sessions

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(1959-61 'Fire') (46:49/16) Schön aufgemachtes und gut klingendes Album mit einer 'Best... more

Elmore James: Shake Your Moneymaker: The 'Fire' Sessions

(1959-61 'Fire') (46:49/16) Schön aufgemachtes und gut klingendes Album mit einer 'Best Of'-Zusammenstellung seiner späten Aufnahmen für das New Yorker 'Fire'-Label / good looking and well sounding 'Best Of' compilation from his great 'Fire' sides. ELMORE JAMES - gtr/slide gtr/voc, JOHNNY 'BIG MOOSE' WALKER - SAM MYERS - hca, HOMSICK JAMES - bass, KING MOSE - drums, JOHNNY JONES - pno, J.T. BROWN - ten, BELTON EVANS - drums, etc.

Article properties: Elmore James: Shake Your Moneymaker: The 'Fire' Sessions

  • Interpret: Elmore James

  • Album titlle: Shake Your Moneymaker: The 'Fire' Sessions

  • Genre Blues

  • Label BUDDHA RECORDS

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0744659978128

  • weight in Kg 0.1
James, Elmore - Shake Your Moneymaker: The 'Fire' Sessions CD 1
01 Shake Your Money Maker
02 Look On Yonder Wall
03 The Sky Is Crying
04 Rollin' And Tumblin'
05 Held My Baby Last Night
06 I'm Worried
07 Done Somebody Wrong
08 Fine Little Mama
09 Anna Lee
10 Stranger Blues
11 Something Inside Me
12 Early One Morning
13 Sunnyland
14 Standing At The Crossroads
15 My Bleeding Heart
16 Dust My Broom
Elmore James It didn't seem to much matter whether Fire Records boss Bobby Robinson... more
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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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