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(Sunset Blvd Records) 54 tracks, digisleeve Elmore James' last major recordings were made in the... more

Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD)

(Sunset Blvd Records) 54 tracks, digisleeve

Elmore James' last major recordings were made in the 1960s when he was signed by New York producer/label owner Bobby Robinson (Fire, Fury & Enjoy Records). In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Elmore James seemed to get better over the years. These recordings have appeared on so many different compilations - all with different sound qualities. Fortunately, we have this three-digit 58-song box that summarizes at least one existing recording of everything Elmore recorded with Robinson at the wheel.

Together with the standards Dust My Broom, The Sky Is Crying the classic One Way Out, the majority of this speaker set breaks new ground and is considered one of Elmore's most emotional works. These included the last sessions of our Elmore before his death and several tracks he recorded as a session guitarist for Bobby Robinson. On May 24, 1963, James suffered a heart attack that cost him his life at the age of 45. Among the musicians he inspired are The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, are just a few of the many musicians he has influenced throughout their careers. In 1980 he was elected to the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, and in 1994 Elmore was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. Rollling Stone magazine has him on the list of the 30 best guitarists of all time!

Article properties: Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD)

  • Interpret: Elmore James

  • Album titlle: The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • Label Sunset Blvd Records

  • EAN: 0708535794721

  • weight in Kg 0
James, Elmore - The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD) CD 1
01 The Sky Is Crying
02 Held My Baby Last Night
03 Bobby's Rock
04 Dust My Broom
05 Baby Please Set A Date
06 Rollin' And Tumblin'
07 I'm Worried
08 Done Somebody Wrong
09 Fine Little Mama
10 I Can't Stop Loving You
11 Early One Morning
12 I Need You
13 Strange Angel
14 She Done Moved
15 Something Inside Me
16 Stranger Blues
17 Anna Lee
18 Bleeding Heart
James, Elmore - The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD) CD 2
01 Standing At The Crossroads
02 One Way Out
03 Got To Move
04 Person To Person
05 So Unkind
06 My Kind Of Woman
07 My Baby's Gone
08 Find My Kind Woman
09 Look On Yonder Wall
10 Shake Your Moneymaker
11 Mean Mistreatin' Mama
12 Sunnyland
13 Go Back Home Again
14 You Know You're Wrong
15 Hand In Hand
16 I've Got A Right To Love My Baby
17 Every Day I Have The Blues
18 It Hurts Me Too
James, Elmore - The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD) CD 3
01 Talk To Me Baby
02 Can't Stop Loving My Baby
03 She's Got To Go
04 Pickin' The Blues
05 Twelve Year Old Boy
06 Up Jumped Elmore
07 I Believe
08 I Gotta Go Now
09 Make My Dreams Come True
10 Find My Kind Of Woman (Alternate Version)
11 Mean Mistreatin' Mama (Alternate Version)
12 You Know You Done Me Wrong
13 Up Jumped Elmore (Blacksnake Blues) [Alternate Version]
14 (Poor Little) Angel Child (Sam Myers)
15 Little Girl (Sam Myers)
16 You Do It If You Want To (Marshall Jones)
17 Woke Up Happy (Marshall Jones)
18 Back In Mississippi (A Conversation)
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 Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD) CD 1
01 The Sky Is Crying
02 Held My Baby Last Night
03 Bobby's Rock
04 Dust My Broom
05 Baby Please Set A Date
06 Rollin' And Tumblin'
07 I'm Worried
08 Done Somebody Wrong
09 Fine Little Mama
10 I Can't Stop Loving You
11 Early One Morning
12 I Need You
13 Strange Angel
14 She Done Moved
15 Something Inside Me
16 Stranger Blues
17 Anna Lee
18 Bleeding Heart
James, Elmore - The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD) CD 2
01 Standing At The Crossroads
02 One Way Out
03 Got To Move
04 Person To Person
05 So Unkind
06 My Kind Of Woman
07 My Baby's Gone
08 Find My Kind Woman
09 Look On Yonder Wall
10 Shake Your Moneymaker
11 Mean Mistreatin' Mama
12 Sunnyland
13 Go Back Home Again
14 You Know You're Wrong
15 Hand In Hand
16 I've Got A Right To Love My Baby
17 Every Day I Have The Blues
18 It Hurts Me Too
James, Elmore - The Sky Is Crying - The Ultimate Collection (3-CD) CD 3
01 Talk To Me Baby
02 Can't Stop Loving My Baby
03 She's Got To Go
04 Pickin' The Blues
05 Twelve Year Old Boy
06 Up Jumped Elmore
07 I Believe
08 I Gotta Go Now
09 Make My Dreams Come True
10 Find My Kind Of Woman (Alternate Version)
11 Mean Mistreatin' Mama (Alternate Version)
12 You Know You Done Me Wrong
13 Up Jumped Elmore (Blacksnake Blues) [Alternate Version]
14 (Poor Little) Angel Child (Sam Myers)
15 Little Girl (Sam Myers)
16 You Do It If You Want To (Marshall Jones)
17 Woke Up Happy (Marshall Jones)
18 Back In Mississippi (A Conversation)