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Friday, May 2, 2014

Magic Sam & Shakey Jake - Magic Touch/Live At Sylvio's 1968


This was recorded in 1968 (or possibly in 1966) in the West Side club Silvio's and features Sam without the saxes that were a feature of his later work but with the bonus of his uncle Shakey Jake on harp. This isn't audiophile quality sound but it's OK and much better than some of the live recordings that were released later on, you can clearly hear Sam and Jake as well as Mark Thompson on bass and Odie Payne on drums, as well as the audience which adds atmosphere. I like the cover showing the 29-year old Sam with a processed pompadour and a tasteful mod shirt. The material is light on Sam's own songs and instead includes popular blues songs by his contemporaries including Lowell Fulson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddy King, Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo - demonstrating Sam's versatility. I don't think that this is as good as "West Side Soul" it's pretty rough and ready but it's well-played by all involved, who all sound as though they are enjoying themselves and the rawness does have a certain charm. This was probably never meant to be released but shows the guitarist in good form and developing - and whenever I listen to Sam I always wonder what he would have sounded like if he had lived and not died so tragically young.
(review: G.E. Harrison for the CD release)

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3 comments:

goinsidemyhead said...

...beautiful...anything from this amazing blues master is a joy to my ears...Magic Sam's music keeps appearing out the mist...this is like the third live recording I've heard and it rates up there with all of Magic's stuff best stuff...which means all his stuff...this dude didn't know the meaning of the word filler...bag on head dude I'm changing my name and votin' for you again...

Xyros said...

I hadn't listened to this lp in years and I was also surprised how good it was. One of the top blues gitarists around from that period.

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