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The Definitive Elmore James - Elmore James

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Genre: Blues / Artist: Elmore James / Box set / Audio CD released 2009-08-17 at Not Now Music

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      28.10.2010 22:47
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      Excellent must have blues album

      From the offset of the album with Elmore James' signature track Dust My Broom you are introduced to the aggressive slide guitar playing that Elmore James played, at times it sounds like a wailing siren. His vocals on the contrary are quite clean and sound youthful, his voice travels loudly but sounds more like a later rythm and blues artist, in particular Ray Charles.

      Elmore James was a huge influence on Jimi Hendrix and Mean Mistreatin Mama reminds me of "Red House" only a couple of years earlier. From the upbeat "Shake Your Moneymaker" through to the funkier smoochier tracks that's focal point is the vocals such as ""Cry For Me Baby" where the guitar playing takes a back seat apart from a crazy solo in the middle this album is top quality, James has a somewhat bitter and angry point of view which gives the tracks a lot of energy.

      This box set contains 2CD's, it features no different versions of the same track and has just about every song Elmore James released (although Every Day I seem to Have the Blues is missing and that's pretty good), there's a track called Elmore's contribution to jazz towards the end of the album which unsurprisingly is very jazzy, it's great.

      Not only is this album full of Elmore's great guitar playing and singing but his backing band the broomdusters are also very good, in particular the piano player. Had Elmore James lived longer and not been an unreliable, heavy drinking performer then I dare say he'd more famous than he is today and his songs more well known as he's one of the best blues artists and probably the best early electric blues artists.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Dust my broom
    2 Please find my baby
    3 Hand in hand
    4 Rock my baby tonight
    5 I believe
    6 I held my baby last night
    7 Baby what's wrong
    8 Sinful woman
    9 Round house boogie
    10 Dumb woman blues
    11 Sax-ony boogie
    12 Kickin' the blues around
    13 I may be wrong
    14 Sweet little woman
    15 Early in the morning
    16 Can't stop lovin
    17 Hawaiian boogie
    18 Make a little love
    19 Make my dreams come true
    20 Strange kinda feeling
    21 Dark and dreary

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Sho' nuff I do
    2 1839 blues
    3 Standing at the crossroads
    4 Late hours at midnight
    5 Happy home
    6 Sunny land
    7 The way you treat me
    8 No love in my heart
    9 Dust my blues
    10 I was a fool
    11 Blues before sunrise
    12 Goodbye baby
    13 Wild about you
    14 Long tall woman
    15 The twelve year old boy
    16 Coming home
    17 It hurts me too
    18 Elmore's contribution to jazz
    19 Cry for me baby
    20 Take me where you go