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West Side Soul - Magic Sam

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Genre: Blues / Artist: Magic Sam / CD released 2008-10-31 by Delmark Records

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      17.04.2011 16:10
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      Classic album

      Like a great deal of blues artists, Sam Maghett, commonly known as Magic Sam was born in Mississippi but plied his trade in Chicago, unlike a lot of the popular artists such as Muddy Water, Magic Sam played in the West Side and along with one of Otis Rush could be considered as one of the pioneers of this smoochier more soul-like sound.

      Magic Sam's first album was his 1967 "West Side Soul", whilst there's still some notorious blues licks, the guitar playing has a somewhat clean and twangy sound, the tracks are more melodic and the tracks don't really have the moody lyrical content that made up earlier blues, instead it's more cheerful almost funky party sounds like "Boogie, Boogie"

      Magic Sam also sings "That's All I Need" which has early ska or motown qualities to it and it is no wonder that this album is considered to be a breakthrough album in styles, this is probably the sweetest blues album ever made and Magic Sam manages to project himself in a way like Jimmy Cliff on "Harder They Come", the perfect combination of power and smoothness.

      Despite this new found soul style, Magic Sam also does justice to some typical blues tracks like "Sweet Home Chicago", this album is just slightly better than his follow up album "Black Magic" which too contains some awesome songs. It's a tragedy the guy died at 32 years old or else I'm sure he'd have released more albums and would be considered a household name today as a blues legend.


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