Wednesday, February 26, 2014


When I first heard this track in 1969 on Kent’s The Legend of Elmore James LP, I could not even believe my ears. Forty-five years later it still amazes me that a performance this intense didn’t just melt down everything that it came in contact with. . . .

Elmore James & His Broomdusters • Hand in Hand • 1954

Elmore James, vocal/guitar; Ike Turner, piano; unknown drums. Recorded in Canton, Mississippi, January 1952. 
First issued on 78 in 1954.

Get it: The Best of Elmore James: The Early Years

LP cover: Paris Jazz Corner

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