Dark and Dreary

Dark and Dreary

by Elmore James
     
 

Elmore James didn't live long enough to garner mainstream attention: a heart attack in 1963 sent him to the grave at the much too early age of 45, denying him the acclaim and crossover success he so richly deserved. But regardless, by the time of his death James was already a blues legend, his influence inestimable, as his signature slide guitar style affected not…  See more details below

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Elmore James didn't live long enough to garner mainstream attention: a heart attack in 1963 sent him to the grave at the much too early age of 45, denying him the acclaim and crossover success he so richly deserved. But regardless, by the time of his death James was already a blues legend, his influence inestimable, as his signature slide guitar style affected not just the blues and R&B scenes but the rock world as well. For all its Dark and Dreary title, this sumptuous two-CD set gloriously revisits James' early years, paying a superb tribute to the singer/guitarist across 56 tracks. An expansive, well-researched, career-spanning biography tells James' story with obvious devotion and delight, while the track listing carefully notes the place, date, and musicians featured on each recording. Proceeding chronologically, the set begins in Jackson, MS, in August 1951, and traces a myriad of James' recordings before drawing to a close in Culver City, CA, in September three years later. The vast bulk of these numbers were performed by James' band the Broomdusters, which underwent numerous lineup shifts during this period -- thus the close attention paid to the musicians present at each session. If disc one is the meat of the set, then disc two is the soul, as James and company run through multiple takes of a clutch of numbers. This is an ever more popular trick among archivists to further milk hardcore fans of their hard-earned cash, but less so in James' case. The differences between each version may be slight, but there's no discernible dip in enthusiasm even as the band hits the fifth, eighth, or ninth go-round. As exciting a vocalist as he was an astounding guitarist, and whether offering up backyard licks, rollicking boogies, stirring R&B, or soul-shattering blues, James was the master of them all. His work was always riveting, and as a performer every word he sang and every note he slid, plucked, or strummed strutted with style and was delivered with a power so electrifying that it still sparks with that current today.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Universe Italy
UPC:
8026575144224
catalogNumber:
144

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Dust My Broom
  2. Please Find My Baby
  3. Hawaiian Boogie
  4. Please Find My Baby
  5. Lost Woman Blues (Please Find My Baby)
  6. Hand in Hand
  7. Long Tall Woman Blues
  8. Rock My Baby Right
  9. My Baby's Gone
  10. One More Drink
  11. One More Drink
  12. Baby What's Wrong
  13. I Believe
  14. Sinful Woman
  15. I Held My Baby Last Night
  16. Round House Boogie (aka Sax Symphonic Boogie)
  17. Kicking the Blues Around (Flaming Blues)
  18. Sax-Only Boogie
  19. Dumb Woman Blues
  20. Sweet Little Woman
  21. I May Be Wrong
  22. Early in the Morning
  23. Hawaiian Boogie
  24. Can't Stop Lovin'
  25. Make a Little Love
  26. My Best Friend (Make My Dreams Come True)

Disc 2

  1. Make My Dreams Come True
  2. Make My Dreams Come True
  3. Make My Dreams Come True
  4. Make My Dreams Come True
  5. Strange Kinda Feeling
  6. Strange Kinda Feeling
  7. Strange Kinda Feeling
  8. Strange Kinda Feeling
  9. Strange Kinda Feeling
  10. Strange Kinda Feeling
  11. Dark and Dreary
  12. Dark and Dreary
  13. Dark and Dreary
  14. Quarter Past Nine
  15. Where Can My Baby Be
  16. Where Can My Baby Be
  17. Where Can My Baby Be
  18. Please Come Back to Me (Sho' Nuff I Do)
  19. Sho' Nuff I Do
  20. Sho' Nuff I Do
  21. Sho' Nuff I Do
  22. 1839 Blues
  23. I Got a Strange Baby
  24. Canton Mississippi Breakdown
  25. Sunny Land
  26. Standing at the Crossroads
  27. Late Hours at Midnight
  28. The Way You Treat Me (aka Mean and Evil)
  29. Happy Home
  30. No Love in My Heart

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elmore James   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Jones   Track Performer
Boyd Atkins   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Jewell L. Grant   Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Ike Turner   Guitar,Piano
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Frock O'Dell   Drums
Odie Payne   Drums
James Parr   Trumpet
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Leonard Ware   Bass
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harmonica
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals   Piano,Vocals
Bep Brown Orchestra   Track Performer
Chicago Hound Hogs   Track Performer
J.T. "Big Boy Brown"   Track Performer
Saxman Brown   Track Performer
Ralph "Chuck" Hamilton   Bass

Technical Credits

Cub Koda   Liner Notes
Count Basie   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
J.T. Brown   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals   Arranger
Sarah Mangora   Artwork
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer

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