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The Best Of Elmore James

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The Best Of Elmore James
The Best Of Elmore James


The infinitely influential slide guitar attack of Elmore James was rooted in one immortal lick, a crashing, shangety-shang barrage that he first unfurled on record on his 1951 classic Dust My Broom. It was such a devastating performance that Elmore will eternally be identified with the song and its central riff. Whenever hed sign with a new label, hed cut another version, continually reinforcing the connection. But great and powerful as Dust My Broom is, its by no means the only reason Elmore is revered as one of the genres leading postwar innovators, or why he was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. James was also a fine single-string picker who didnt require a bottleneck or metal tube to deliver a torrid guitar solo. His tortured, vibrato-soaked vocal delivery was every bit as riveting as his fiery fretwork. That blistering slide technique inspired a small legion of Chicago disciples led by his cousin Homesick James, J.B. Hutto, Hound Dog Taylor, and Johnny Littlejohn. Later on, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, and Duane Allman exhibited their allegiance as Elmores inventions expanded into the rock realm.


  1. Name
  2. Dust My Broom
  3. The Sky Is Crying
  4. Bobbys Rock
  5. Held My Baby Last Night
  6. Baby Please Set A Date
  7. Rollin And Tumblin
  8. Im Worried
  9. Done Somebody Wrong
  10. Fine Little Mama
  11. Something Inside Me
  12. Stranger Blues
  13. Standing At The Crossroads
  14. One Way Out
  15. Got To Move
  16. Shake Your Moneymaker
  17. Look On Yonder Wall
  18. It Hurts Me Too
  19. Talk To Me Baby
  20. The Twelve Year Old Boy
  21. I Believe
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