Magic Sam Blues Band - West Side Soul - 1967 Chicago Blues 180 Grm LP
Magic Sam Blues Band - West Side Soul
Label: Delmark Records DS-615
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Originally Released: 1967
US reissue. White labels with blue Delmark logo and text. Blue back cover, no barcode.
Style: Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues
A1 That's All I Need 3:40
A2 I Need You So Bad 4:51
A3 I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) 4:36
A4 All Of Your Love 3:43
A5 I Don't Want No Woman 3:38
B1 Sweet Home Chicago 4:11
B2 I Found A New Love 4:03
B3 Every Night And Every Day 2:19
B4 Lookin' Good (Instrumental) 3:11
B5 My Love Will Never Die 4:04
B6 Mama, Mama - Talk To Your Daughter 2:40
Bass Earnest Johnson (tracks: A2, A4 to B2, B4 to B6), Mack Thompson (tracks: A1, A3, B3)
Design [Cover] Zbigniew Jastrzebski
Drums Odie Payne (tracks: A2, A4 to B2, B4 to B6), Odie Payne, III* (tracks: A1, A3, B3)
Guitar Mighty Joe Young
Liner Notes Bill Lindemann
Photography By Jack Bradley
Piano Stockholm Slim
Producer Robert G. Koester
Recorded By Stu Black
Vocals, Guitar Magic Sam
Labels show the label address as:
4243 N. Lincoln - Chicago 60618
Many believe this 1967 landmark, Sam Maghett's first full-length studio recording, is the greatest blues album ever made. While that assertion is awfully difficult to substantiate, these 11 gems (plus one alternate) certainly deserve hyperbolic praise. These cuts have a dramatically direct emotional appeal, a blunt, unfiltered artlessness that's rarely been achieved in an electric setting. Sam's spirited vocals come from his heart and his belly, not his brain. His guitar work is smoothly melodic, à la B. B. King with a bit more bite, frenetic and energetic like Buddy Guy, but with more taste. Since this Mississippi native died at age 32, this album sits in a mystical place in blues history: In many ways, it is to Chicago blues what Robert Johnson's meager output is to Delta blues.
Magic Sam's gorgeous voice is reminiscent of Sam Cooke. With each phrase he conveys a sense of joy. The guitarwork is something of a bonus--but quite a bonus. His combination of rhythm and single -note picking is great to hear. In (both versions of) "I Don't Want No Woman" The melodic runs hit high and low,jumping above and below the implied chord. "Sweet Home Chicago" is propelled by simple chord runs punctuated by exclamatory single note picking. Sometimes there are simply too many notes, but this is a quibble in the face of such an exciting and joyous album.
He has the voice of a soul singer and the guitar playing of someone who has heard B.B. King at his Best. His tone is distinct and his right hand man back-up guitarist Might Joe Young is perfect accompaniment. After several listens you realize that the whole band with him is grade-A. And they are subtle unlike many blues bands, Sam has the floor.
He plays blues with a strong soul influence, particularly on the magnificent "That's All I Need" and "I Don't Want No Woman". Classic slow blues ("All Of Your Love", "I Found A New Love"). And superb versions of Jimmy McCracklin's "Every Night And Every Day", Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" and J.B. Lenoir's "Mama Talk To Your Daughter".
That's all I need is a Soul tune. Almost every other song is a perfect blues song in my opinion. When I first heard him do Otis Rush's My love will never die, it was sealed. Sam is one of the most potent bluesmen when he wants to be. The crisp guitar leads and amazing vocals, and the great interplay with the other musicians and the composition, its all here and tops.