Elmore James discography

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Elmore James discography
Releases
Compilation albums 8+
Singles 59
Singles as accompanist 5

Elmore James was an American blues slide guitarist and singer who recorded from 1951 until 1963. As with most blues artists of his era, James' recordings were issued as two-song record singles in the then-standard ten-inch 78 rpm and seven-inch 45 rpm formats. James recorded for several record companies, beginning with Trumpet Records in 1951. From 1952 to 1956, he recorded for the Bihari brothers, who issued singles on their Meteor, Flair, and Modern labels. From 1959 to 1963, he recorded for Fire Records. Along the way, James also recorded some songs which appeared on Chess Records and Chief Records, as well as a sideman.

After his death in 1963, Elmore James' former companies began re-issuing a number of his singles on subsidiaries and leasing them out to other companies. These various labels also began releasing numerous compilation albums, often with significant overlap in song selection. With the advent of compact discs, this trend continued. However, some box sets have appeared that collect most or all of James' recordings for a particular label or time period.

Releases 1951–1963[edit]

Singles[edit]

Date Title
A-side / B-side
Label
& no.
R&B chart no.[1]
1951 "Dust My Broom" / (not on B-side) Trumpet 146[2] 9
1952 "I Believe" / "I Held My Baby Last Night" Meteor 5000 9
1953 "Baby, What's Wrong" / "Sinful Women" Meteor 5003
1953 "Early in the Morning" / "Hawaiian Boogie" Flair 1011
1953 "Country Boogie" / "She Just Won't Do Right" Checker 777
1953 "Can't Stop Lovin" / "Make a Little Love" Flair 1014
1953 "Please Find My Baby" / "Strange Kinda Feeling" Flair 1022
1954 "Hand in Hand" / "Make My Dreams Come True" Flair 1031
1954 "Sho' Nuff I Do" / "1839 Blues" Flair 1039
1954 "Dark and Dreary" / "Rock My Baby Right" Flair 1048
1954 "Standing at the Crossroads" / "Sunny Land" Flair 1057[3]
1955 "Late Hours at Midnight" / "The Way You Treat Me" Flair 1062
1955 "Happy Home" / "No Love in My Heart" Flair 1069
1955 "Dust My Blues" / "I Was a Fool" Flair 1074
1955 "I Believe My Time Ain't Long" (re-titled re-release of Trumpet 146) / (not on B-side) Ace 508
1955 "Blues Before Sunrise" / "Goodbye Baby" Flair 1079
1956 "Wild About You" / "Long Tall Woman" Modern 983
1957 "Coming Home" / "The 12 Year Old Boy" Chief 7001[4]
1957 "It Hurts Me Too" (1957 recording) / "Elmore's Contribution to Jazz" Chief 7004[5]
1957 "Cry for Me Baby" / "Take Me Where You Go" Chief 7006[6]
1959 "Bobby's Rock" (new) / "Make My Dreams Come True" (re-release of Flair 1031 B-side) Fire 1011
1960 "Dust My Blues" (re-release of Flair 1074) / "Happy Home" (re-release of Flair 1069) Kent 331[7]
1960 "The Sky is Crying" / "Held My Baby Last Night" Fire 1016 15
1960 "I Can't Hold Out" / "The Sun Is Shining" Chess 1756
1960 "Rollin' And Tumblin'" / "I'm Worried" Fire 1024
1960 "Knocking At Your Door" / (not on B-side) Chief 7020[8]
1960 "Done Somebody Wrong" / "Fine Little Mama" Fire 1031
1961 "Shake Your Moneymaker" / "Look on Yonder Wall" Fire 504[9]
1962 "Stranger Blues" / "Anna Lee" Fire 1503[10]

Compilation albums[edit]

Only one album by Elmore James appeared during his lifetime. Titled Blues After Hours and issued by the Bihari budget label Crown in 1960, it is a compilation of ten selections released as singles by Flair Records in 1954 and 1955. A second compilation album in 1960 by Fire Records featuring 1959–1960 Fire singles appears to have been planned, but was never issued.

Date Title Label & no. Chart no.
1960 Blues After Hours Crown 5168

Posthumous releases (after 1963)[edit]

Singles[edit]

Date Title
A-side / B-side
Label
& no.
R&B
chart no.[1]
1965 "It Hurts Me Too" (1962–63 recording) / "Bleeding Heart" Enjoy 2015 (1st. pressing)[11] 25*
1965 "It Hurts Me Too" (1962–63 recording) / "Pickin' The Blues" Enjoy 2015 (2nd. pressing)[12]
1965 "Cry for Me Baby" (re-release of Chief 7006) / "It Hurts Me Too" (1957 recording, re-release of Chief 7004) Mel 201–1
1965 "Bleeding Heart" / "Mean Mistreatin' Mama" Enjoy 2020
1965 "My Bleeding Heart" (re-release of Enjoy 2020) / "One Way Out" Sphere Sound 702
1965 "The Sky Is Crying" (re-release of Fire 1016) / "Standing at the Crossroads" (1960–61 recording) Flashback 15
1965 "Everyday I Have the Blues" / "Dust My Broom" (1959 recording) Enjoy 2027
1966 "Shake Your Money Maker" (re-release of Fire 504) / "I Need You" Sphere Sound 708
1966 "Sunny Land" (re-release of Flair 1057) / "Goodbye Baby" (re-release of Flair 1079) Kent 465
1966 "Dust My Broom" (re-release of Enjoy 2027) / ""Rollin' and Tumblin'" (re-release of Fire 1024) Sphere Sound 712
1966 "Something Inside of Me" / "She Done Move" Sphere Sound 713
1966 "I Need You" (re-release of Sphere Sound 708) / "Mean Mistreating Mama" (re-release of Enjoy 2020) Sue UK WI–4007
1967 "Make a Little Love" (re-release of Flair 1014) / (not on B-side) Jewel 783
1968 "I Believe" (re-release of Meteor 5000) / "1839 Blues" (re-release of Flair 1039) Kent 508
1972 "Everyday I Have the Blues" (re-release of Enjoy 2027) / "Up Jumped Elmore" Fury 2000
1972 "Something Inside of Me" (re-release of Sphere Sound 713) /"Fine Little Mama" (re-release of Fire 1031) Fire 5001

*Also reached #106 on the Billboard Pop chart.

Selected compilation albums[edit]

Numerous Elmore James compilation albums issued by a number of record companies have been released over the years.[13] The following lists some of the more notable and current releases:[14]

Date Title Label
& no.
R&B
chart no.
1969 Whose Muddy Shoes (all Chess recordings)[15] Chess 1537
1975 Street Talkin' (all Chief recordings)[16] Muse MCD 5087
1992 Elmore James — King of the Slide Guitar (all Fire/Fury/Enjoy recordings) Capricorn 9 42006–2
1993 Elmore James — The Classic Early Records 1951–1956 (all Meteor/Flair/Modern recordings) Virgin America/Flair7243 8 39632 2 5
1993 The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James (21 tracks various labels) Rhino
1995 The Best of Elmore James: The Early Years (28 tracks Meteor/Flair/Modern) Ace
2001 Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions (16 tracks Fire/Fury/Enjoy) Buddha 99781

Elmore James as an accompanist[edit]

Although it is documented that Elmore James performed with Sonny Boy Williamson II, it is unclear which, if any, of Williamson's early recordings include James as a sideman.[17] It is also unclear if James performed on additional recordings by Big Joe Turner[18] and Junior Wells.[19]

Singles[edit]

Date Title Label
& no.
R&B
chart no.[20]
1952 "Round House Boogie" / "Kickin' the Blues Around"
with J. T. Brown as Bep Brown
Meteor 5001
1952 "Sax-ony Boogie" / "Dumb Woman Blues"
with J. T. Brown as Saxman Brown (A-side) and J. T. (Big Boy) Brown (B-side)
Meteor 5016
1953 "TV Mama" / "Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop"
with Joe Turner
Atlantic 1016 6
1953 "Sweet Little Woman" / "I May Be Wrong"
with Little Johnny Jones
Flair 1010
1953 "Hoodoo Man" / (not on B-side)
with Junior Wells
States 134

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn 1988, p. 216.
  2. ^ Re-released in 1966 by Jewel (no. 764).
  3. ^ Re-released in 1964 by Kent (no. 433).
  4. ^ Also Vee-Jay 249.
  5. ^ Also Vee-Jay 259.
  6. ^ Also Vee-Jay 269, USA 815, S&M 101.
  7. ^ Re-released in 1963 by Kent (no. 394) and Sue UK (no. WI–335).
  8. ^ Also Sue UK WI-392.
  9. ^ Also Enjoy 2022.
  10. ^ Also Bell 719.
  11. ^ Also Sue UK WI–383.
  12. ^ Re-released by Fire in 1969 (2020) and 1976 (5000).
  13. ^ "Elmore James — Discography: compilations". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ Koda 1996, pp. 132–133.
  15. ^ Also includes songs by John Brim.
  16. ^ Also includes songs by Eddie Taylor.
  17. ^ Oliver 1989, pp. 1–8.
  18. ^ Shurman 1986, pp. 3, 7.
  19. ^ Koester 1976, p. 2.
  20. ^ Whitburn 188, p. 419.

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