The Essential Magic Slim

The Essential Magic Slim

by Magic Slim


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The Essential Magic Slim

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148800922
catalogNumber: 8009
Rank: 47449

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
Morris Magic Slim Holt   Composer
Nick Holt   Composer,Duet
Deadric Malone   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Mark Rice   Composer
Gwendolyn Collins   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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