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Following our success with the mid-price Crown reissues by B.B. King and Howling Wolf, Ace Records presents the classic Elmore James Crown LP with bonus tracks. The original 1960 release, with the foxiest of covers, introduced Elmore James's intense vocals and slide guitar to legions of young blues fans everywhere. He is now venerated as one of the greatest bluesmen of all time. The eight bonus tracks feature three singles relevant to the LP, with the other five cuts coming from the top-class Chicago sessions. Of particular note is the stand-out piano work of the wonderful Little Johnny Jones. 2005.

1. Dust My Blues
2. Sunny Land
3. Way You Treat Me Aka Mean & Evil
4. Dark & Dreary
5. Standing At The Crossroads
6. Happy Home
7. No Love In My Heart
8. Blues Before Sunrise
9. I Was A Fool
10. Goodbye Baby
11. Late Hours At Midnight (Bonus Track)
12. Quarter Past Nine (Bonus Track)
13. Strange Kinda’ Feeling (Bonus Track)
14. Make My Dreams Come True (Bonus Track)
15. So Mean To Me (Bonus Track)
16. Long Tall Woman (Bonus Track)
17. Wild About You (Bonus Track)
18. Elmo’S Shuffle (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0007LZJ6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the '60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf did, James left a wide influential trail behind him. And that influence continues to the present time -- in approach, ... Read more in Amazon's Elmore James Store

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although there is nothing previously unreleased on this album, the sound quality is astoundingly improved having been mastered from newly-discovered session master tapes. Elmore James was at his peak at this time and the visceral power of his singing and playing is all the more remarkable for his off-stage shyness and fragility. His band, the Broom Dusters, and the Maxwell Davis Orchestra, provide magnificent support.

Blues After Hours, with its distinctively sexy album cover, came out on Modern's mid-price Crown label in 1960 and comprised a carefully programmed 10-track selection of singles, including 4 B-sides, that had come out in 1954 and 1955 on the Flair subsidiary, all taken from two sessions (in Modern's own studio in Culver City, Los Angeles CA, in August-September 1954; and in J&M Studios, New Orleans LA in August 1955), except for Dark And Dreary, which came from an August 1953 session at Universal Studios, Chicago IL.

The CD is fleshed out with eight bonus tracks including the other singles from the same sessions and a further five recordings from various Chicago sessions of the period that were unreleased at the time, all in super re-vamped sound
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rick from Boston on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A reissue of the first Elmore James album I ever purchased. This is a must have for any blues fan, as the recording quality was very good and the songs are great. Screaming slide guitar with raw emotional vocals= a classic blues session. Happy Home will have you up and out of your seat dancing around the room. There are a zillion Elmore reissues out there today, but this is the one! Lend it to a friend and help spread the legend of Elmore James.
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By G. RANDALL on January 22, 2015
Format: MP3 Music
The first ten songs were released on the Crown Label. This was one of the first blues albums I ever bought and I found it in a Kroger display rack for about $1.95. (Being about eighteen or so, I probably bought it for the cover). This was about 1960-61 and it has remained one of my favorite blues albums ever since. If you like Elmore James and his guitar style, you can't go wrong! Putting it on the turntable for the first time and hearing what I had never heard before is etched in my memory until I die, and a friend once heard me playing a tape of this album in the car and I heard him exclaim "I want that". The bonus songs are great too, but the first ten are outstanding.

My Crown LP was not a very good pressing, but the sound was still good and the CD sound is superb.
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The best-sounding recording of EJ I've heard on my stereo. Great songs. All the Elmore that a casual EJ fan like me needs. I bought the affordable MP3 download; at 256kbps sound quality is about perfect for all but the most serious audiophiles. I highly recommend this recording, and if you go the more expensive CD route, then that's even better, but I don't know anyone who'd want to stake their lives on hearing a difference. However, I do own hundreds of CDs and do prefer it. Either way you go, the only way to go wrong is not to buy... more than an hour of Elmore sounding his best.
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