Saturday, February 08, 2020

If I don’t find her in Philippine Islands,
she’s in Ethiopia somewhere

Really the Postwar Blues

When I first heard Elmore James’ original version of “Dust My Broom” with Sonny Boy Williamson I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I hadn’t because I hadn’t yet heard “Please Find My Baby”! Well, once I got to the final track on side 2 of Memphis and the Delta, then I knew it, I had been transported to realms way beyond my blues neophyte dreams. This is broom dusting as fierce as it gets . . . Elmore’s off the rails “broom” riff and over the top vocals, held in place by Ike Turner’s pounding piano, well, just have a listen, anything I write here is just a feeble distraction to the main event. Elmore would dust his broom plenty in the coming years but, to this fan, “Please Find My Baby” is the pinnacle.

Elmore James • Please Find My Baby • 1953

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