Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
An intensely powerful singer and guitarist, Elmore James did not start his recording career until he was 33, and he only lived to be 45, but he made a very strong impact during his dozen years on records. Some of his finest work was cut for the Fire label during 1959-1961, roughly half of which is included on this single CD. Other than a final outburst of selections during February 1963, these were James' last studio sessions, and he is heard at the peak of his powers throughout. Among the best-known performances are the hit "Shake Your Moneymaker," "The Sky Is Crying," and a remake of his famous "Dust My Broom," but all 16 selections are full of passion and fire. This is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
An intensely powerful singer and guitarist, Elmore James did not start his recording career until he was 33, and he only lived to be 45, but he made a very strong impact during his dozen years on records. Some of his finest work was cut for the Fire label during 1959-1961, roughly half of which is included on this single CD. Other than a final outburst of selections during February 1963, these were James' last studio sessions, and he is heard at the peak of his powers throughout. Among the best-known performances are the hit "Shake Your Moneymaker," "The Sky Is Crying," and a remake of his famous "Dust My Broom," but all 16 selections are full of passion and fire. This is an essential acquisition for blues collectors, at least until a more complete James on Fire reissue comes out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Buddha
  • UPC: 744659978128
  • Catalog Number: 99781
  • Sales rank: 33,055

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elmore James Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Sam Myers Harmonica
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Acey Piano
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Lee Bully Bass
Belton Evans Drums
King Mose Drums
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Riff Ruffin Guitar
Wild Jimmy Spruill Guitar
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker Piano
Danny Moore Trumpet
Johnny Williams Drums
Elmore James & His Broomdusters Track Performer
Technical Credits
Elliott Federman Mastering
Elmore James Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Bob Robinson Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Jon Broven Liner Notes
Joe Josea Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Early, Electric Blues

    This is great stuff! Because of the age of the recording the sound quality is not up to today's standards, so be warned if that will bother you. On the other hand, this is an awesome CD. Elmore James practically invented a lot of the blues conventions we take for granted. The Allman Brothers did a lot of his numbers. Now you have to listen to the real thing!

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