James, Elmore - Blues Kingpin - Elmore James

Year of Release: 2030
Label: Virgin/The Right Stuff
Catalog Number: 82738
Format: CD
Total Time: 46:28:00

The first sentence in the booklet that accompanies this CD says, ?Elmore James is electric blues slide guitar.? After listening to this collection of 18 tracks from the critically acclaimed Blues Kingpin series, I can vouch for that statement unconditionally.

The story of Elmore James is an interesting one. I was reading a book review this weekend on the biography of the blues legend and it stated that he was never interviewed and neither were any of his known relatives before they died. I find it appalling that these national treasures of music were taken for granted so blatantly. It is indeed a shame that we had to wait until they were gone before giving them the credit they so justly deserve. Although there is nothing we can do about the past, we can work on the here and now and change the outlook of the careers of those so maligned and forgotten. As trustees of their legacy, labels pay tribute to these wonderful entertainers through exceptional CD series such Blues Kingpins. As the year of the blues comes to a close, it is the outstanding efforts of labels like Virgin/The Right Stuff that will receive recognition and find themselves walking up to the podium to accept their W.C. Handy awards for their outstanding achievements in the realm of blues music.

For me, as blues enthusiast, I found listening to this CD an educational experience as well as an ear and eye opening testament to the legend of Elmore James. His slide guitar playing was truly a wonder for its time. Recorded in the '50s, the tracks have been remastered to help the listener appreciate the emotion and effort that originally went into creating all of this music. As those that came before and after him, it was more than his six-string that drew attention ? it was his voice that put the icing on the cake.

This is burn-the-house-down-blues, only communicated effectively with the proper inflection and tone of the vocal chords. James hollered and wailed as few ever have. During his career, his roots and constitution remained firmly implanted in his predecessor's shoes, Robert Johnson. Everything seems to always point back to that man when discussing all the blues greats. If you look to present day those influences are still prevalent. James was more than a music legend he was an intrinsic part of a culture and Americana. This great music has a past that will carry forward into the future to many more generations of listeners. Every time I hear slide guitar now, I will think of Elmore James.

Lost Woman Blues (Please Find My Baby) (3:05 ) / Rock My Baby Right (2:34 ) / I Believe (3:11 ) / Baby What's Wrong (2:53) / Sinful Woman (2:51) / Hawaiian Boogie (2:19) / Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby (2:25) / Make My Dreams Come True (2:41) / Dark And Dreary (2:46) / Standing At The Crossroads (2:46) / Sunnyland (3:17) / The Way You Treat Me (Mean And Evil) (2:14) / Happy Home (2:45) / No Love In My Heart (2:23) / I Was A Fool (2:50) / Dust My Blues (3:09) / Blues Before Sunrise (2:43) / Goodbye Baby (2:56)

Elmore James - guitar?

Blues After Blues (1960)
Blues After Hours (1961)
Original Folk Blues (1964)
I Need You (1965)
Memorial Album (1965)
The Best Of Elmore (1965)
The Resurrection Of Elmore James (196?)
The Sky Is Crying (196?)
Something Inside Of Me (1968)
Tough (1968)
The Late Fantastically Great (1968)
Blues In My Heart, Rhythm In My Soul (1969)
To Know A Man (1969)
Whose Muddy Shoes (1969)
Street Talkin' (1975)
Sreaming Blues (197?)
One Way Out (1980)
The Original Meteor & Flair Sides (1984)
The Complete Fire & Enjoy Sessions pts 1 - 4 (1989)
The Last Session (1990)
The Sky Is Crying: The History Of Elmore James (1993)
Blues Kingpins (2003)

plus many many more compilations

Genre: Other

Origin US

Added: November 16th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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