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Elmore James|Shake Your Money Maker: The Best Of The Fire Sessions

Shake Your Money Maker: The Best Of The Fire Sessions

Elmore James

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An intensely powerful singer and guitarist, Elmore James did not start his recording career until he was 33, and he only lived to be 45, but he made a very strong impact during his dozen years on records. Some of his finest work was cut for the Fire label during 1959-1961, roughly half of which is included on this single CD. Other than a final outburst of selections during February 1963, these were James' last studio sessions, and he is heard at the peak of his powers throughout. Among the best-known performances are the hit "Shake Your Moneymaker," "The Sky Is Crying," and a remake of his famous "Dust My Broom," but all 16 selections are full of passion and fire. This is an essential acquisition for blues collectors, at least until a more complete James on Fire reissue comes out.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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1
Shake Your Money Maker
Various Interprets
00:02:32

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

2
Look On Yonder Wall
Various Interprets
00:02:25

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

3
The Sky Is Crying
Various Interprets
00:02:46

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Performer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Clarence Lewis, Composer - Clarence Lewis, Lyricist - Bobby Robinson, Composer - Bobby Robinson, Lyricist - Bobby Robinson, Producer

(P) Originally Recorded Prior to 1972 All Rights Reserved by Arista Records LLC

4
Rollin' & Tumblin'
Various Interprets
00:02:32

Elmore James, Performer - Morgan C. Robinson, Composer - Morgan C. Robinson, Lyricist

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

5
Held My Baby Last Night
Various Interprets
00:02:49

Elmore James, Performer - Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

6
I'm Worried
Various Interprets
00:02:45

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

7
Done Somebody Wrong
Various Interprets
00:02:19

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

8
Fine Little Mama
Various Interprets
00:02:33

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Vocal - Jimmy Spruill, Guitar - Belton Evans, Drums - Homesick James, Bass

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

9
Anna Lee
Various Interprets
00:02:58

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

10
Stranger Blues
Various Interprets
00:03:14

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

11
Something Inside Of Me
Various Interprets
00:05:00

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

12
Early One Morning
Various Interprets
00:02:46

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

13
Sunnyland
Various Interprets
00:02:19

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer - Joesa, Composer - Joesa, Lyricist

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

14
Standing At The Crossroads
Various Interprets
00:02:58

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

15
My Bleeding Heart
Various Interprets
00:03:03

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

16
Dust My Broom
Various Interprets
00:02:55

Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist

(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

Album Description

An intensely powerful singer and guitarist, Elmore James did not start his recording career until he was 33, and he only lived to be 45, but he made a very strong impact during his dozen years on records. Some of his finest work was cut for the Fire label during 1959-1961, roughly half of which is included on this single CD. Other than a final outburst of selections during February 1963, these were James' last studio sessions, and he is heard at the peak of his powers throughout. Among the best-known performances are the hit "Shake Your Moneymaker," "The Sky Is Crying," and a remake of his famous "Dust My Broom," but all 16 selections are full of passion and fire. This is an essential acquisition for blues collectors, at least until a more complete James on Fire reissue comes out.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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