Elmore James

The Blues

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With his powerful slide guitar sound, Elmore James was as important a modern bluesman as any, and if he recorded a gazillion versions of his signature "Dust My Broom," they're all pretty much great -- that roaring slide riff is at the center of everything modern rock and blues aspired to be. James' career was short -- he died when he was only 45 from heart problems -- but remarkably consistent. Like the other modern bluesmen who emerged in the 1950s, James knew what his audience wanted, and he delivered that "Dust My Broom" riff in countless variations. It always worked somehow. Elmore James was always Elmore James, just like John Lee Hooker was always John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters was always Muddy Waters. You'll get "Dust My Broom" here and a whole lot more born of the same wonderful template.

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