Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James

Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James


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The 2018 tribute album Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James was released to coincide with the 100th birthday of Elmore James, one of the titanic figures in 20th century blues. Given that James died at the age of 45 in 1963, 55 years prior to the release of Strange Angels, his profile could use the boost this kind of star-studded tribute album delivers, and there are enough blues, country, rock, and soul stars here to snag the attention of the curious. What they'll find is an exceptional catalog given a slyly diverse array of interpretations, almost all of which are considerably less fiery than James' originals. Tom Jones' barrel-chested roar on "Done Somebody Wrong" attempts to conjure some of that rawness and it finds a counterpart in a long jam between Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, and Mickey Raphael on "Mean Mistreatin' Mama," but the act that gets the closest to the loose groove of Elmore is Rodney Crowell, who plays "Shake Your Money Maker" with a grin. If James' electric vitality is distinctly absent, it's also to the credit of the producers and performers that they treat James' catalog as songs that can withstand interpretation, while also nodding to his exceptional skills as a slide guitarist. This means Strange Angels is a fine, engaging collection of traditional blues, one that's enjoyable on the surface but more importantly provides a possible introduction to one of the true greats of postwar blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2018
Label: Sylvan Songs
UPC: 0793447407623
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 50573

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Shelby Lynne   Vocals
Darol Anger   Violin
Tom Jones   Vocals
Deborah Bonham   Vocals
Duke Levine   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Slide Guitar
Larry Taylor   Slide Guitar,Upright Bass
Warren Haynes   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Rudy Copeland   Piano,Hammond B3
Billy Earheart   Piano,Hammond B3
Billy Gibbons   Slide Guitar
Tony Gilkyson   Electric Guitar
Charlie Giordano   Hammond B3
Rick Holmstrom   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Viktor Krauss   Upright Bass
Bettye LaVette   Vocals
Doug Lancio   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
John Leventhal   Guitar (Baritone)
Cowboy Eddie Long   Harmonica
Joe McMahan   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Peter Parcek   Guitar
G.E. Smith   Slide Guitar
Chuck E. Weiss   Washboard,Rap
Keb' Mo'   Vocals
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Allison Moorer   Vocals
Peter Bullick   Guitar
Zack Hickman   Upright Bass
Marco Giovino   Drums,Tambourine
Thomas Juliano   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sonny Barbato   Organ,Accordion
Jamey Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mollie Marriott   Vocals
Phil Butler   Upright Bass
Tony Savarino   Electric Guitar
Elayna Boynton   Vocals
Addi McDaniel   Vocals
Bob D'ambrosio   Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Paul Burton   Engineer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Sam Margolis   Engineer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Marco Giovino   Producer
Daniel Sanint   Engineer
Clay Blair   Engineer
Edsel Holden   Engineer
Steph Durwin   Engineer
Kylie Harris   Artwork
Max Waltz   Layout
Thomas Siering   Executive Producer

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