Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 2 left in stock.
Sold by MEGA Media and Fulfilled by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
King of the Slide Guitar has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Zoverstocks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$24.28
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • King of the Slide Guitar
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

King of the Slide Guitar Box set


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Box set, November 11, 2004
"Please retry"
$24.03
$13.40 $10.78
$24.03 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 2 left in stock. Sold by MEGA Media and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Elmore James Store

Music

Image of album by Elmore James

Photos

Image of Elmore James

Biography

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

Visit Amazon's Elmore James Store
for 70 albums, photos, discussions, and more.


Frequently Bought Together

King of the Slide Guitar + The Classic Early Recordings: 51-56 + Ultimate Collection 1929-57
Price for all three: $78.18

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B00008IUX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dust My Broom (I Believe My Time Ain't Long)
2. The Twelve Year Old Boy
3. Coming Home
4. It Hurts Me Too
5. Knocking At Your Door
6. Elmore's Contribution To Jazz
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Something Inside Me
2. Stranger Blues
3. Anna Lee
4. Standing At The Crossroads
5. (My) Bleeding Heart
6. My Kind Of Woman
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. My Baby's Gone
2. Find My Kinda Woman
3. Look On Yonder Wall (Look Up On The Wall)
4. Dust My Broom
5. It Hurts Me Too
6. Pickin' The Blues (Manhattan Slide)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Import exclusive three CD set for the most influential blues slide guitarist of the postwar era. Snapper.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on June 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This reissue of the original 50-track "King Of The Slide Guitar" box set, with an additional 14 tracks, is magnificent. It presents every song Elmore James recorded for the Fire, Fury and Enjoy labels in the early 60s, with great sound and a few interesting rarities and alternate takes.

You'll need to hear Elmore's earlier recordings as well, of course (available on the fine "The Classic Early Recordings" box set, ASIN: B000000W62), but the fact that a few of his best early songs weren't re-recorded for Bobby Robinson's labels, and thus are missing from this collection, doesn't really detract anything from its greatness.
There are still so many blues classics here it's unbelievable - "Dust My Broom", "It Hurts Me Too", "The Sky Is Crying", "Shake Your Moneymaker" and "The Twelve Year Old Boy" are the best-known, obviously, but the rest of this material is not sub-par in any way...every song is good, most are great, and a lot of them are just magnificent, some of the most powerful electric blues you'll ever hear.

The brand of fiery electric blues that Elmore James played more than forty years ago packed an incredible punch. It is supremely gritty (in spite of the urbane arrangements featuring piano and saxophone), and Elmore had one of the greatest, most intense and expressive voices you'll ever hear. His slashing slide guitar playing has made him more influential than any other single guitarist.

"King Of The Slide Guitar" also includes several terrific instrumentals, like the smouldering "Up Jumped Elmore" and the dance-friendly boogie "Bobby's Rock". And even though most of the approximately fifty different songs aren't well known outside the circle of fanatical Elmore James-fan, there is an incredible number of high-quality cuts here.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By reading man on February 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This set is a superb collection, an essential purchase for all Elmore James fanatics, consisting mostly of his late career sessions with Bobby Robinson for his various labels, but also including his important Chief sides for Mel London, as well as the single of his signature tune for Trumpet. ("Coming Home", recorded for London, is arguably the most exciting version of the "broom" theme Elmore recorded, but honestly, all Elmore's broomdusting is worth hearing!)

Robinson had the genius idea of recording Elmore with different backing, so we get sides with the typical sax and piano accompaniment, some thrilling stuff with just Elmore's guitar and bass and drums ("My Baby's Gone" stands out), and a stellar cut of "Look Over Yonder's Wall" with Sammy Myers on harp.

This may not be the best set for someone who's as yet unfamiliar with Elmore's music (Ace's "The Best of Elmore James" would be a better choice for a beginner), but it's hard to believe that anyone who loves the blues wouldn't respond to Elmore's inimitable talent as heard here..
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Wild Bill on June 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My thirst for a library of Elmore James recordings led me to purchase this collection. I could hardly wait the time it took to arrive! My collection previously consisted of 3 overlapping compilations of his most popular recordings, "Whose Muddy Shoes" on Chess, "Blues After Hours" on Crown, and a set of Big Joe Turner recordings on Atlantic with James providing backup.

Initially I found this 3-CD box set to be a disappointment. I confess I hoped every recording would be stellar, but a bit unfair of me since this is a collection of his entire recorded output of the period. It contains everything you would expect from such a collection including the cream of the crop, the lesser known gems and the rarities as well as the multiple takes, out takes and false starts. As one might expect, this makes a necessarily uneven listening experience.

About half of these recordings were made late in his career after his second heart attack and self-imposed temporary retirement. At times we find James understandably weary, trudging through uninspired and often tedious re-recordings of much of his earlier material. Even the liner notes confess, "It marked the return of Elmore to the studio, but the results were perhaps too raw for release at the time... Robinson was trying out unfamiliar material on Elmore which was taking up a lot of studio time. Instead of seeking perfection, Abramson suggested instead that they try running through Elmore's repertoire as if it were a live set. The results [were] enough for a double-album..." As with a weakened, late-in-life Howlin' Wolf, listening can be bittersweet.

I recommend you base your decision whether or not to purchase this collection on the type of listener you are.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Fuller on June 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What can I say but WOW! "King of the Slide Guitar" is an apt title for James who was taken from us before his time.

The man could flat out play and belt out a tune from the bottom of his heart.

If you love the blues, heck if you love music I highly recommend picking up this set!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael D Shelfer on June 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Look, this guy was magic and this 3 CD set is just great! You must add this to your collection!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By lptf on March 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Being a HUGE fan of Elmore James, I think this CHARLEY box is one of his best collections: great packaging and excellent booklet, along with an outstanding selection of cuts! Certainly one can compare earlier versions against latter ones, yet Elmore pours his HEART AND SOUL into each track on this cd! Also, there are no repetitious alternates or takes which crowd, for the sake of completeness, some other boxes like ACE's "The Classic Early Recordings 1951-1956," which is outstanding in its own right. Perhaps I can be called a "completist," but I don't think Elmore EVER LAID DOWN A "BAD" track!!! I highly recommend this box to any Elmore fan. 'Nuf said!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
King of the Slide Guitar
This item: King of the Slide Guitar
Price: $32.98 $24.28
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

MEGA Media Privacy Statement MEGA Media Shipping Information MEGA Media Returns & Exchanges