Midnight Blues

Midnight Blues

by Magic Slim & the Teardrops


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Midnight Blues

At 71, Magic Slim sounds as nasty and gritty as any bluesman you can name. He's one of the few Mississippi bluesmen who moved to Chicago in the early '50s still on the scene. His sound hasn't evolved much over the years -- he still plays slide guitar without a slide, just his fingers slipping up and down the strings so he's able to bend notes while he slides -- but it doesn't have to. His primal vocals, red-hot guitar work, and the supple backing of his Teardrops, Jon McDonald, guitar and vocals, Danny O'Conner, bass, and David Sims, drums, create the kind of deep bluesy feeling that can't be faked. On Midnight Blues he makes the most of every track, be it an original or a standard. He opens things with his own "Let Me Love You," a rockin' love song that showcases his stinging guitar and powerhouse vocals. Near the end of the tune he tosses off a brief, growling Howlin' Wolf imitation that'll bring a smile to you face. "Full Load Boogie" is an instrumental that moves like a freight train headed North with Slim and McDonald trading blistering solos. "Carla" is a slow drag, an ode to a faithless girlfriend, full of tortured blues notes. "What Is That You Got" is a slow, sly, sexy number with a long sultry solo, while "Cryin' Won't Let You Stay" is a rollicking goodbye song featuring Elvin Bishop on second guitar. Muddy Water's "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" is taken at a leisurely pace with James Cotton contributing one of his patented wailing solos. Slim pulls some country licks out of his bag for "Going Down That Road Feeling Bad," a folk song known by both white and black southerners. His unexpected rebel yells give the track a jaunty air. He closes the set with an R&B arrangement of Little Milton's "Loving You Is the Best Thing That Happened to Me" with a smoldering horn section and backing vocals by soul great Otis Clay.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2008
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148512528
catalogNumber: 5125

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Magic Slim & the Teardrops   Primary Artist
Lonnie Brooks   Guitar,Guest Appearance
James Cotton   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Magic Slim   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Elvin Bishop   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Otis Clay   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gene Barge   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Terry Ogolini   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Don Tenuto   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
David Simms   Drums,Group Member
Danny O'Connor   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jon McDonald   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
David Simms   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Gene Barge   Horn Arrangements
Blaise Barton   Engineer
Milton Campbell   Composer
Edward Chmelewski   Executive Producer
Jerry del Giudice   Executive Producer
Morris Magic Slim Holt   Composer
Brian Leach   Engineer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Chris Jacobs   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Bob Lyons   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops   Producer

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