Friday, May 31, 2013

Elmore James & John Brim - Whose Muddy Shoes

Elmore James had recorded a session for Chess in 1953 before settling down with the Bihari Brothers and again in 1960, shortly before starting his final recordings for Bobby Robinson's Fire, Fury and Enjoy labels. This collects up all of them on CD with the bonus addition of an alternate take of "The Sun Is Shining," which can be interpreted as a precursor to his later hit "The Sky Is Crying." The earlier sides from 1953 lack his inimitable slide, but the 1960 session produced classics like "Talk to Me Baby," "Madison Blues" and a powerful reading of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday." These tracks of James working with the Chess production team are delightfully fleshed out with a half-dozen gems by the highly underrated John Brim, some of which include stellar harp work by Little Walter ("Rattlesnake," "Be Careful" -- on which Walter stops playing in several spots to become an ad-lib backup vocalist -- and "You Got Me") as well as the original version of "Ice Cream Man," better known to rock fans from Van Halen's cover version of it from their debut album.



Exeter said...

I love Elmore James! Maybe these are some tracks I don't already have.
Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

You're back from New York?--Bill

Xyros said...

Yep, got back a couple of days ago. But I'm waiting for my son to send a couple of film clips before I put a few lines in my blog. Had a great time though but no luck with LP's.

Anonymous said...

There ain't no place to buy records or even CDz in NYC anymore.--Bill

Anonymous said...

xcellent! thanx