Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions

Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions

by Elmore James


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Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
Label: Buddha
UPC: 0744659978128
catalogNumber: 99781
Rank: 36370

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   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

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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Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago