The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James

The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James

by Elmore JamesElmore James
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Even if you’ve never heard Elmore James, you know his music. His passionate vocals and guitar work (particularly his signature slide guitar lick for “Dust My Broom”) virtually provided the blueprint for the modern blues rock movement on both sides of the Atlantic. James’s gripping style is clearly echoed in the sounds of the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Allman Brothers, and Eric Clapton, to name a mere handful. For anyone not familiar with the source material, James’s work can be revelatory. This excellent set collects his most memorable recordings, including “I Can’t Hold Out, “Done Somebody Wrong,” “Shake Your Moneymaker,” and, of course, “Dust My Broom.” As can be heard, James didn’t just suggest the sound of rock, he rocked out himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/1993
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227119027
catalogNumber: 71190

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elmore James   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Sam Myers   Harmonica,Drums
Eddie Taylor   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Big Joe Turner   Vocals,Track Performer
Danny Moore   Trumpet
Johnny Jones   Piano
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Homesick James Williamson   Bass,Guitar
Johnny Acey   Piano
Fred Below   Drums
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Lee Bully   Bass
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Mack Easton   Baritone Saxophone
Belton Evans   Drums
Charles Hamilton   Bass
Henry "Sneaky Joe" Harris   Drums
Ike Turner   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Grady "Fats" Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
William Johnson   Guitar
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Daniel Moore   Trumpet
King Mose   Drums
Frock O'Dell   Drums
Odie Payne   Drums
Jim Pogo Richardson   Bass
Riff Ruffin   Guitar
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Red Saunders   Drums
Wild Jimmy Spruill   Guitar
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker   Piano
Leonard Ware   Bass
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harmonica
Willie Johnson   Bass,Guitar
Danny Moore   Trumpet
Jimmy Richardson   Bass
John Williams   Drums
Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm   Bass,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Spruill   Guitar

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer
London   Composer
James Austin   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Josea   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Geoff Gans   Artwork,Art Direction
Robert Palmer   Producer,Liner Notes
Steve Franz   Liner Notes,Research Supervisor
Robert Page   Liner Notes

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The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
siberialt More than 1 year ago
recommend any serious blues fan of past and present.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're wondering which Elmore James-album to purchase, look no further. This is the definitive single-disc collection. The CD starts off with James' first waxing, his lone 1951 single "Dust My Broom" with Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II) backing him up on harmonica. And all the best stuff is here. "The Sky Is Crying", "It Hurts Me Too", "Shake Your Moneymaker", "Sho' Nuff I Do", "Talk To Me Baby (I can't hold out)" and fifteen more. James rocked harder than most other bluesmen, his voice was huge and intense, and his guitar playing feroicious. The arrangements are superb, the sound is good, and this is a definite must-own, even if you intend to limit your blues collection to just a handful of albums. The true fanatic needs the box sets, of course, but for the slightly more casual Elmore James-fan, this CD is the very best choice. Even the lesser known tracks, such as "Done Somebody Wrong" and "Madison Blues" are fabulous. Go buy it. Go, go!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy is one of the greatest blues musicians ever!! Every song on this collection is excellent. He rocked out on all of his tunes and his singing, songwriting, and playing make this a must-have for even the most casual blues fan. The Sky is Crying, Dust My Broom, Shake Your Moneymaker, and every other song explodes with feeling. Elmore James is a guitar master and a blues god and should definetely be spoken of more today.
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