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Homesick James - Shake Your Money Maker (Reissue) (2007)

25-08-2014, 15:28
Music | Blues

Homesick James - Shake Your Money Maker (Reissue) (2007)

Artist: Homesick James
Title Of Album: Shake Your Money Maker
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Blue Label/SPV
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 54:21 Min
Total Size: 132 Mb


1. Gotta Move
2. Set A Date
3. The Sky Is Cryin
4. Cross Out Saw
5. That's All Right Mama
6. Shake Your Money Maker
7. Homesick Boogie
8. Woman I Love (Bonustrack)
9. Early In The Morning (Bonustrack)
10. Bottle Up And Go (Bonustrack)

Cousin of the late Elmore James, the late Homesick James Williamson, is perhaps described among the second-tier of slide guitarists performing in the manner of his more famous broomdusting cousin. SRV Blue has just issued Shake Your Money Maker, some 1999 live recordings in Switzerland produced by Fred James who is on guitar on these tracks.

James was one of the artists who recorded for small Chicago labels like Chance for whom he waxed Lonesome Old Train and his signature song, Homesick Blues. Later he recorded an album for Prestige which I find hardly memorable although Fred James, in the liner booklet, calls it Homesick's `high water mark.' He also was recorded by Sam Charters for the classic anthology, Chicago The Blues Today, which this writer feels is his most impressive work. In the ensuing years until his December 2006, he recorded a number of albums for a variety of labels including Trix, Ice House, Appaloosa. Some of the European recordings he made with the late harp player Snooky Pryor perhaps are worth seeking out the most.

With respect to Shake Your Money Maker, it shows that in his 80's Homesick James had lost little in terms of his playing and husky vocals. As James observes he had an erratic sense of timing, but also his slide playing seems a bit off the beat compared to his contemporaries. Certainly his slide attack lacks the forcefulness of his contemporaries such as Hound Dog Taylor and J.B. Hutto. Nothing surprising of the performances here in terms of material. Gotta Move and Set a Date had mainstays of Homesick James repertoire as was Elmore's The Sky is Crying. There are some interesting songs included like, Crosscut Saw, that sorta meanders along as opposed to the crisp rhythms of Albert King's recording, and Arthur Crudup's That's Alright Mama.

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