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Elmore James The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box)

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What an incredible edition! His complete recorded output, from 1951 to '56. The set includes... more

Elmore James: The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box)

What an incredible edition! His complete recorded output, from 1951 to '56. The set includes many previously unknown and unreleased takes, plus a beautifully illustrated 40-page booklet.

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  • Interpret: Elmore James

  • Album titlle: The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667000420

  • weight in Kg 0.216
James, Elmore - The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box) CD 1
01 Dust My Broom Elmore James
02 Please Find My Baby Elmore James
03 Hawaiian Boogie Elmore James
04 Please Find My Baby (2. vers.) Elmore James
05 Hand In Hand Elmore James
06 Long Tall Woman Elmore James
07 Rock My Baby Right Elmore James
08 One More Drink Elmore James
09 My Baby's Gone Elmore James
10 One More Drink Elmore James
11 Lost Woman Blues Elmore James
12 I Believe Elmore James
13 I Held My Baby Last Night Elmore James
14 Baby What's Wrong Elmore James
15 Sinful Woman Elmore James
16 Round House Boogie Elmore James
17 Dumb Woman Blues Elmore James
18 Sax-Ony Boogie Elmore James
19 Kicking The Blues Around Elmore James
20 I May Be Wrong Elmore James
21 Sweet Little Woman Elmore James
James, Elmore - The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box) CD 2
01 Early In The Morning Elmore James
02 Can't Stop Lovin' Elmore James
03 Hawaiian Boogie (2. vers.) Elmore James
04 Make A Little Love Elmore James
05 My Best Friend Elmore James
06 Make My Dream Come True Elmore James
07 Make My Dreams Come True Elmore James
08 Make My Dreams Come True (take 4) Elmore James
09 Make My Dreams Come True (take 7) Elmore James
10 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 1) Elmore James
11 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 2) Elmore James
12 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 3) Elmore James
13 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 4) Elmore James
14 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 5) Elmore James
15 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 6) Elmore James
16 Dark And Dreary (take 1) Elmore James
17 Dark And Dreary (take 2) Elmore James
18 Dark And Dreary (take 4) Elmore James
19 Quarter Past Nine Elmore James
20 Where Can My Baby Be (take 1) Elmore James
21 Where Can My Baby Be (take 8) Elmore James
22 Where Can My Baby Be (take 9) Elmore James
23 Please Come Back To Me (Sho' Nuff I Do) Elmore James
24 Sho' Nuff I Do (session talk & false start) Elmore James
25 Sho' Nuff I Do (alt. take) Elmore James
26 Sho' Nuff I Do Elmore James
27 1839 Blues Elmore James
28 I Got A Strange Baby (false start & chat) Elmore James
29 Canton Mississippi Breakdown Elmore James
James, Elmore - The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box) CD 3
01 Standing At The Crossroads Elmore James
02 Late Hours At Midnight Elmore James
03 Happy Home Elmore James
04 Sunny Land Elmore James
05 The Way You Treat Me Elmore James
06 No Love In My Heart Elmore James
07 Dust My Blues Elmore James
08 I Was A Fool Elmore James
09 Blues Before Sunrise Elmore James
10 Goodbye (Baby) Elmore James
11 So Mean To Me Elmore James
12 So Mean To Me (take 3) Elmore James
13 So Mean To Me (take 4) Elmore James
14 Wild About You Baby (chat & false start) Elmore James
15 Wild About You Elmore James
16 Wild About You (Baby) Elmore James
17 Elmo's Shuffle (take 3) (instr.) Elmore James
18 Elmo's Shuffle (take 4) Elmore James
19 Elmo's Shuffle (take 5) Elmore James
20 Long Tall Woman Elmore James
21 Long Tall Woman Elmore James
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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Tracklist
James, Elmore - The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box) CD 1
01 Dust My Broom
02 Please Find My Baby
03 Hawaiian Boogie
04 Please Find My Baby (2. vers.)
05 Hand In Hand
06 Long Tall Woman
07 Rock My Baby Right
08 One More Drink
09 My Baby's Gone
10 One More Drink
11 Lost Woman Blues
12 I Believe
13 I Held My Baby Last Night
14 Baby What's Wrong
15 Sinful Woman
16 Round House Boogie
17 Dumb Woman Blues
18 Sax-Ony Boogie
19 Kicking The Blues Around
20 I May Be Wrong
21 Sweet Little Woman
James, Elmore - The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box) CD 2
01 Early In The Morning
02 Can't Stop Lovin'
03 Hawaiian Boogie (2. vers.)
04 Make A Little Love
05 My Best Friend
06 Make My Dream Come True
07 Make My Dreams Come True
08 Make My Dreams Come True (take 4)
09 Make My Dreams Come True (take 7)
10 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 1)
11 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 2)
12 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 3)
13 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 4)
14 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 5)
15 Strange Kinda Feeling (take 6)
16 Dark And Dreary (take 1)
17 Dark And Dreary (take 2)
18 Dark And Dreary (take 4)
19 Quarter Past Nine
20 Where Can My Baby Be (take 1)
21 Where Can My Baby Be (take 8)
22 Where Can My Baby Be (take 9)
23 Please Come Back To Me (Sho' Nuff I Do)
24 Sho' Nuff I Do (session talk & false start)
25 Sho' Nuff I Do (alt. take)
26 Sho' Nuff I Do
27 1839 Blues
28 I Got A Strange Baby (false start & chat)
29 Canton Mississippi Breakdown
James, Elmore - The Classic Early Recordings (3-CD Box) CD 3
01 Standing At The Crossroads
02 Late Hours At Midnight
03 Happy Home
04 Sunny Land
05 The Way You Treat Me
06 No Love In My Heart
07 Dust My Blues
08 I Was A Fool
09 Blues Before Sunrise
10 Goodbye (Baby)
11 So Mean To Me
12 So Mean To Me (take 3)
13 So Mean To Me (take 4)
14 Wild About You Baby (chat & false start)
15 Wild About You
16 Wild About You (Baby)
17 Elmo's Shuffle (take 3) (instr.)
18 Elmo's Shuffle (take 4)
19 Elmo's Shuffle (take 5)
20 Long Tall Woman
21 Long Tall Woman