Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Elmore James – Shake Your Moneymaker – The Best of the Fire Sessions

Elmore is yet another incredible blues slide-guitarist who had a terrific string of hits, most of which are included on this great collection.

Of course the title song, along with “Dust My Broom”, is known to just about any person living in the modern world, and deservedly so! James has a wonderful electric slide tone, obviously influenced by legends such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. His songwriting is top-notch and he has a wonderfully emotive and distinctive singing voice that lends itself to pleading as well as demanding!

He runs the gamut of jumping numbers like “Shake Your Moneymaker” and “Stranger Blues” (The Nomads did a nice cover of this one) to the slow blues of “The Sky is Crying” (an R’n’B hit for Elmore) to the hypnotic groove of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”.

There is some repetition here as the records companies then (like now) always ask for more of the same, but it’s all good stuff, played and sang with a cool intensity.

Another great collection!