The Magic Sam Legacy

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The 13 tracks on Magic Sam Legacy 1997 are culled from material initially discarded from his two Delmark studio LPs West Side Soul 1967 and Black Magic 1968. The principal caveat being the John Lee Hooker inspired "I Feel So Good" -- liberally copping Hooker's "Boogie Chillun" -- and the spirited instrumental "Lookin' Good," both of which date back to 1966. The mid-tempo "Walkin' by Myself" and the indispensable "Hoochie Coochie Man" are among the best of the West Side Soul related numbers. Shakey Jake harmonica blows powerful harp, perfectly complementing Magic Sam's guitar/vocals nimble fretwork. The guitarist provides blistering yet purposeful interjections setting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The 13 tracks on Magic Sam Legacy 1997 are culled from material initially discarded from his two Delmark studio LPs West Side Soul 1967 and Black Magic 1968. The principal caveat being the John Lee Hooker inspired "I Feel So Good" -- liberally copping Hooker's "Boogie Chillun" -- and the spirited instrumental "Lookin' Good," both of which date back to 1966. The mid-tempo "Walkin' by Myself" and the indispensable "Hoochie Coochie Man" are among the best of the West Side Soul related numbers. Shakey Jake harmonica blows powerful harp, perfectly complementing Magic Sam's guitar/vocals nimble fretwork. The guitarist provides blistering yet purposeful interjections setting the standard in terms of emotive Westside Chicago blues. "That Ain't It" is an exceedingly soulful selection revealing Sam's R&B leanings and underrated vocal prowess. "I Just Want a Little Bit" swings just as solidly as the Black Magic version, with this rendering sporting a slightly looser reading. The ringing tremolo effect on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" makes for one of the more interesting outtakes, sporting a few tasty runs from the legendary Lafayette Leake piano. His style recalls earlier contributions as a staff musician for Chess Records, where he played a significant role on sessions from Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf among others. The free-form nature of "Blues for Odie Payne" -- the drummer on over half the material presented here -- gives not only Sam a perfect platform for his string-bending and fiery fretboard antics, but likewise allows Eddie Shaw tenor sax to interpolate some equally clever melodic support. As the recorded legacy of Magic Sam was tragically curtailed when he passed in 1969 at the age of 32, any and all titles featuring Sam as a leader could be considered essential. While recent converts might be best advised to start with either West Side Soul or Black Magic, Magic Sam Legacy 1997 is a perfect companion volume, serving artist and enthusiast exceptionally well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1997
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153065126
  • Catalog Number: 651
  • Sales rank: 85,863

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magic Sam Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Shaw Tenor Saxophone
Shakey Jake Harris Harmonica
Lafayette Leake Piano
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Robert Richey Drums
Mack Thompson Bass
Mighty Joe Young Guitar
Technical Credits
Stu Black Engineer
Robert G. Koester Liner Notes
Samuel Maghett Composer
Dave Antler Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Magic Sam Collection

    Probably the best collection of Magic Sam songs from Delmark. Magic Sam shows why he was headed for greatness among all people who loved the blues!!!! Another must for any blues lover!

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