Magic Slim & the Teardrops - Midnight Blues

Magic Slim & the Teardrops - Midnight Blues
Release Date:
September 9, 2008
Styles:
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues
Album:
Midnight Blues
Genre:

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.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Let Me Love You / Morris Magic Slim HoltMagic Slim & the Teardrops3:41
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had / McKinley MorganfieldMagic Slim & the Teardrops3:43
Give Me Back My WigMagic Slim & the Teardrops2:54
Lonely Man / Milton Campbell / Bob LyonsMagic Slim & the Teardrops2:31
Spider in My Stew / Willie DixonMagic Slim & the Teardrops4:36
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad / TraditionalMagic Slim & the Teardrops2:20
Full Load Boogie / Morris Magic Slim HoltMagic Slim & the Teardrops2:40
Crosseyed Cat / McKinley MorganfieldMagic Slim & the Teardrops4:06
House Cat BluesMagic Slim & the Teardrops3:00
Carla / Morris Magic Slim HoltMagic Slim & the Teardrops4:33
Cryin' Won't Let You Stay / Morris Magic Slim HoltMagic Slim & the Teardrops3:40
What Is That You Got / Morris Magic Slim HoltMagic Slim & the Teardrops5:06
Loving You Is the Best Thing That Happened to Me / Milton CampbellMagic Slim & the Teardrops4:23

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