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The Sky Is Crying - 20 All-time Original Blues Classics

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The Sky Is Crying - 20 All-time Original Blues Classics
The Sky Is Crying - 20 All-time Original Blues Classics


EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION OF 500 COPIES HIGH-DEFINITION PREMIUM VINYL PRESSING FOR SUPER FIDELITY THE WAY THIS MUSIC WAS MEANT TO BE HEARD 180 gram VINYL - AUDIOPHILE PRESSING. The legendary bluesman Elmore James is the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period. He's been credited as one of the primary architects of blues-rock by virtue of his energizing primal riffs and raw, driving intensity. His influence (in approach, attitude and tone) is incalculable, and can be heard in just about every guitar player who puts a slide on his finger and wails the blues. This essential LP release includes the cream of the crop of Elmore James' inimitable discography 20 superb recordings from the peak of the blues legend's career. Although James had been on the scene since 1939, he recorded the lion's share of his finest work between the early '50s and '60s, for different labels like Trumpet, Flair, Kent, Chief, Chess, and Fire Records. Including here are 20 blues classics like his signature tune "Dust My Broom" (an electric updating of Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom"), as well as classic numbers like "Shake Your Moneymaker," "Standing at the Crossroads," and the soulful ballad "The Sky Is Crying." (The latter tune has become a blues standard, performed by many artists, such as Eric Clapton, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Allman Brothers Band, to name a few.) The aforementioned tracks, and other great songs, have been included on this remastered collector's edition. This is a solid introduction to one of the post-war blues' biggest icons. The missing link between Robert Johnson and Hound Dog Taylor. Robert Christgau ELMORE JAMES, vocals and guitar, plus: Syl Johnson, Eddie Taylor (guitar), Frank Fields, Homesick James (bass), Little Johnny Jones, Ike Turner, Edward Frank (piano), Earl Palmer, Odie Payne, Jr. (drums), J.T. Brown (tenor saxophone), James Parr (trumpet), Sonny Boy Williamson II (harmonica), among others. Further personnel information is detailed inside. Recorded between 1951 and 1961.


  1. Name
  2. The Sky Is Crying
  3. Dust My Broom
  4. Knocking At Your Door
  5. Shake Your Moneymaker
  6. Mean And Evil
  7. Can't Stop Lovin'
  8. Strange Kinda Feeling
  9. I Was A Fool
  10. The Sun Is Shining
  11. Rollin' And Tumblin'
  12. Standing At The Crossroads
  13. Rock My Baby Right
  14. I Held My Baby Last Night [1960 Version]
  15. Bobbys Rock [instrumental]
  16. Take Me Where You Go
  17. Fine Little Mama
  18. Look On Yonder Wall
  19. Blues Before Sunrise
  20. Done Somebody Wrong
  21. Goodbye Ba
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