Elmore James – Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) Owned ‘The Sky Is Crying’ LP (Artist Owned)

A 1965 first pressing of The Sky is Crying by Elmo (aka Elmore) James on Sphere Sound Records, from the legendary collection of Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.  This very rare album has Wyman’s handwritten date notations on the back cover.

Bill Wyman is legendary as a musician, a blues historian, an author and for his world-class collection of Rolling Stones memorabilia.  This album was sold by him at the Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones Archive sale at Julien’s Auctions (if you haven’t already seen the Wyman documentary The Quiet One, we enthusiastically recommend it.)

Bill Wyman wrote in his autobiography Stone Alone “I discovered Elmore James…and the earth seemed to shudder on its axis.”  Stones founder Brian Jones was so taken with Elmore James that he adopted Elmo Lewis as his first professional name. The Stones played a number of Elmore James songs during the 1960s, including “Dust My Broom”  (which is on this album,) “Happy Home,” “Blues Before Sunrise,” and “Look on Yonder Wall”. In fact the set list for the first “Rollin’ Stones” show at London’s Marquee Club included “Dust My Broom.”

The cover is EX, the disc is between VG+ and VG condition, very shiny with lots of superficial, non-feelable marks.  We spot checked it and it sounds great.  And with a Wyman-owned album, you want something he actually played!

With a copy of the original auction house descriptive card, and Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity, signed by Jeff Gold, who has consulted for Bill Wyman.

An extraordinary opportunity to own an Elmore James album from the collection of a Rolling Stone.

Read Recordmecca owner Jeff Gold’s blog post on collecting artist-owned records here.

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