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1951-1953

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01
Dust My Broom (I Believe My Time Ain'T Long) (08-05-51)
2:41
 
02
Please Find My Baby (01-25/26-52)
3:06
 
03
Hand In Hand (01-25/26-52)
2:49
 
04
Long Tall Woman (01-25/26-52)
2:53
 
05
Rock My Baby Tonight (01-25/26-52)
2:33
 
06
My Baby'S Gone (01-25/26-52)
2:19
 
07
One More Drink (01-25/26-52)
3:15
 
08
Baby, What'S Wrong (Prob. 11-22-52)
2:52
 
09
I Believe (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:13
 
10
Sinful Woman (Prob. 11-22-52)
2:51
 
11
I Held My Baby Last Night (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:22
 
12
Round House Boogie (Prob. 11-22-52)
2:46
 
13
Kickin' The Blues Around (Prob. 11-22-52)
2:57
 
14
Sax-Ony Boogie (Prob. 11-22-52)
2:36
 
15
Dumb Woman Blues (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:13
 
16
Country Boogie (Tool Bag Boogie) (01-17-53)
2:39
 
17
My Best Friend (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:22
 
18
I See My Baby (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:03
 
19
She Won'T Do Right (Dust My Broom) (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:01
 
20
Whose Muddy Shoes (Prob. 11-22-52)
3:16
 
21
Sweet Little Woman (Prob. 04-01-53)
3:01
 
22
I May Be Wrong (Prob. 04-01-53)
2:49
 
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Total Tracks: 22   Total Length: 64:37

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thatway57

Absolutely sensational disc. This should be in every blues collection. Every track leaps out at you as fresh as the day it was recorded.

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How Elmore James Invented Metal

By John Morthland, Contributor

Elmore James is often demeaned as a one-trick pony — or, in his case, a one lick pony. That would be the swooping, stinging slide guitar figure he played on "Dust My Broom," his first record, in 1951. He got it from Robert Johnson's 1936 "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," and Johnson himself had adapted it from Kokomo Arnold's "Sagefield Woman Blues." But the lick is still known universally as "the Elmore James riff,"… more »

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Radio repairman Elmore James spent a good deal of time re-wiring his amplifiers, giving him a raw, distorted, and urgent sound on electric guitar that, coupled with his killer slide style, made him the Godfather of modern electric guitar, and few gunslingers can match his intensity or powerful, dirty sound (even when armed with a train-load of stomp boxes). This disc collects his earliest sides for Trumpet, Flair and Meteor Records, and includes at least three different versions (James redid this song countless times under varying titles) of his signature tune, a re-working of Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom.” James brought everything to every recording he ever did, and so it is virtually impossible to pick up a bad Elmore James release, but this one, since it contains his very first recordings, has a special urgency. – Steve Leggett

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