Elmore James

King of the Slide Guitar: The Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings

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Elmore's last great recordings occurred in the 1960s when he was signed by New York producer/label-owner Bobby Robinson. Unlike many of his contemporaries, James seemingly got better as the years went by and while none of the sides feature a slide guitar anywhere near as nasty as his early Modern and Flair recordings, he's still obviously giving it all on each and every side. These recordings are the ones most commonly issued on James and have surfaced on so many different compilations -- all with varying levels of sound quality--that it would be futile to list them all here. Fortunately, to make things easier we have this two-disc 50-song box set rounding up at least one extant take of everything Elmore recorded with Robinson at the helm. While some of the material are recuts of his best known tunes ("Dust My Broom" resurfaces here in two versions from two different sessions and the version of "It Hurts Me Too" included here -- it was originally cut for Chief in the late '50s -- became a posthumous hit for him), the majority of it breaks new ground and stands as some of Elmore's most emotion-laden work. Nice essays in the booklet make up for the disgusting art work that adorns the box.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 2:56
3 2:55
4 2:57
5 2:15
6 2:34
7 2:24
8 5:03
9
10 2:35
11 3:32
12 2:47
13 2:39
14 3:10
15 1:53
16 2:55
17 2:56
18 2:59
19 3:05
20 2:59
21 2:25
22 2:56
23 2:28
24 3:03
25
26 2:31
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