Tin Pan Alley

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although Mississippi born, Magic Slim (Morris Holt) plays Chicago blues, pure and simple. His gruff, Howlin' Wolf-styled vocals are as constant and as powerful as the wind off of Lake Michigan, and his bright, brittle, and biting lead guitar lines sting like the first hard frost of winter, then turn and brilliantly fuss under his vocals until it's time to sting again. A set of classic Slim, Tin Pan Alley was recorded between 1992 and 1998 in Chicago and various spots in Europe, with the domestic dates featuring his brother Nick Holt on bass, John Primer on second guitar, and Earl Howell on drums, while the overseas sessions substitute in Michael Dotson on second guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although Mississippi born, Magic Slim (Morris Holt) plays Chicago blues, pure and simple. His gruff, Howlin' Wolf-styled vocals are as constant and as powerful as the wind off of Lake Michigan, and his bright, brittle, and biting lead guitar lines sting like the first hard frost of winter, then turn and brilliantly fuss under his vocals until it's time to sting again. A set of classic Slim, Tin Pan Alley was recorded between 1992 and 1998 in Chicago and various spots in Europe, with the domestic dates featuring his brother Nick Holt on bass, John Primer on second guitar, and Earl Howell on drums, while the overseas sessions substitute in Michael Dotson on second guitar and Allen Kirk on drums. The personnel changes don't matter one bit, since everything chugs along on Slim's singing and guitar playing anyway, and the set is darn near seamless. Highlights include the ragged and brisk "Please Don't Leave Me," a solid "Texas Flood," a live take on "Tin Pan Alley," and textbook covers of B.B. King's "Bad Luck," Willie Dixon's "Close to You," Albert King's "Goin' to California," and Mack Rice's "Cold Women with Warm Hearts." It all adds up to nearly an hour's worth of modern Chicago blues with no tricks and no frills, or in other words, exactly what you'd expect from Magic Slim.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Wolf Records
  • UPC: 799582080929
  • Catalog Number: 120809
  • Sales rank: 145,944

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magic Slim Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
John Primer Guitar
Morris Magic Slim Holt Guitar, Vocals
Nick Holt Bass Guitar
Earl Howell Drums
Michael Dotson Guitar
Alan Kirk Drums
Nick Hotl Bass
Technical Credits
Larry Davis Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Curtis Jones Composer
Morris Magic Slim Holt Composer, Producer
B.B. King Composer
Albert King Composer
Alex Munkas Engineer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Harald Ergott Cover Design
Hannes Folterbauer Producer
Jules Taub Composer
Joseph Scott Composer
Paul "Scooby" Smith Engineer
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