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The Essential Magic Slim

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Magic Slim's only compilation from his most fruitful years on the well distributed and regarded Blind Pig label covers the period from 1990's Gravel Road through 2005's Anything Can Happen live set. That's six albums of material whittled down to 15 tracks yielding about an hour's worth of music. Since the guitarist rather doggedly stayed locked in the same style of gutsy electric Chicago blues, the 15-year time span doesn't hamper this disc's flow. Slim's vocals became more gruff and weathered through the years, but his meat and potatoes approach pretty much stayed locked in the medium tempo shuffles and slow blues that defined the genre after Muddy Waters and his crew ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Magic Slim's only compilation from his most fruitful years on the well distributed and regarded Blind Pig label covers the period from 1990's Gravel Road through 2005's Anything Can Happen live set. That's six albums of material whittled down to 15 tracks yielding about an hour's worth of music. Since the guitarist rather doggedly stayed locked in the same style of gutsy electric Chicago blues, the 15-year time span doesn't hamper this disc's flow. Slim's vocals became more gruff and weathered through the years, but his meat and potatoes approach pretty much stayed locked in the medium tempo shuffles and slow blues that defined the genre after Muddy Waters and his crew plugged in. While that infers a somewhat monotonous product, Slim infuses enough energy and sweat into his rather pedestrian material to raise the level of the results beyond simply professional to often inspired. A modified country side road on the instrumental/surfy title track of Black Tornado and a savvy, non-chronological sequencing by the compilers keep the music flowing without sounding as repetitious as it is. Covers of Bo Diddley "Before You Accuse Me", Mack Rice the eternal crowd pleaser "Mustang Sally", and especially Howlin' Wolf a tough, roaring "How Many More Years" also keep the album from getting locked into any particular style. While this music resonates most effectively in front of a raucous crowd in the type of beer stained blues joints that Slim calls his home, this album of studio highlights and one live track provides sufficient proof of the guitarist's abilities. Slim's obviously a journeyman whose intent is to keep the fires fanned on his electric Chicago blues roots. Judging by this set, he has succeeded where others with similarly good intentions come up short.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148800922
  • Catalog Number: 8009
  • Sales rank: 35,297

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magic Slim Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Freund Guitar
John Primer Guitar, Background Vocals
Nick Holt Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Howell Drums
Jake Dawson Guitar
Michael Scott Background Vocals
Danny O'Connor Bass, Background Vocals
Michael Dotson Guitar, Background Vocals
Allen Kirk Drums, Background Vocals
Jon McDonald Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Biedron Bass Guitar
Allen Kirk Background Vocals
Jake Dawson Guitar
Vernal Taylor Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Casey Jones Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Blaise Barton Mastering
Morris Magic Slim Holt Composer
Nick Holt Composer, Duet
Deadric Malone Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Mark Rice Composer
Gwendolyn Collins Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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