Magic Sam Live

Magic Sam Live

by Magic SamMagic Sam


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While the sound quality leaves something to be desired, fans of electric Chicago blues should hear Magic Sam live. Recorded at two separate locations, the Alex Club in Chicago in 1963 and 1964 and the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1969, this disc captures the raw energy not only of the musicians, but the crowds' tremendous response to them. Sam is in his natural environment at the Alex Club with an interchanging quintet, including electric pianist Tyrone Carter and tenor saxophonists Eddie Shaw and A.C. Reed, playing in front of a rowdy audience, ready to party. The Ann Arbor performance, on the other hand, finds him playing with a stripped down trio at an outdoor festival to a mainly white hippie crowd; performer and audience are somewhat unfamiliar with each other. This doesn't stop Sam's trio from blazing through their set and once again igniting the crowd. It should be noted that the energy level of the audience and band was exceptionally tense after Sam arrived late to the festival site without a drummer. Sam Lay was called upon at the last minute to fill the drum seat, as Charlie Musselwhite's band filled in for them while they set up. Ignore the rotten sound quality, this is raw blues power and provides a priceless document of Sam Maghett's vital showmanship.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/1993
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153064525
catalogNumber: 645
Rank: 64202


  1. Every Night About This Time
  2. Don't Believe You'd Let Me Down
  3. Mole's Blues
  4. I Just Got to Know
  5. Tore Down
  6. You Were Wrong
  7. Backstroke
  8. Come on in This House
  9. Riding High
  10. San-Ho-Say
  11. I Need You So Bad
  12. Strange Things Happening
  13. I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie)
  14. All Your Love
  15. Sweet Home Chicago
  16. Looking Good
  17. Looking Good (Encore)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Magic Sam   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Shaw   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Sam Lay   Drums
Bruce Barlow   Bass
Tyrone Carter   Electric Piano
Bob Richey   Drums
Mack Thompson   Bass,Vocals
Robert "Huckleberry Hound" Wright   Drums

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Junior Wells   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Jim Fishel   Engineer
Robert Johnson   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Steve Tomashefsky   Producer
Brandtner   Cover Photo
Bob McCamant   Cover Design,Cover Art
Sam Ling   Composer
John R. Fishl   Engineer,Liner Notes
Austin Iglehart   Engineer
Peter K. Kroehler   Engineer,Liner Notes

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