Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley

by Magic SlimMagic Slim


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Although Mississippi born, Magic Slim (Morris Holt) plays Chicago blues, pure and simple. His gruff, Howlin' Wolf-styled vocals are as constant and as powerful as the wind off of Lake Michigan, and his bright, brittle, and biting lead guitar lines sting like the first hard frost of winter, then turn and brilliantly fuss under his vocals until it's time to sting again. A set of classic Slim, Tin Pan Alley was recorded between 1992 and 1998 in Chicago and various spots in Europe, with the domestic dates featuring his brother Nick Holt on bass, John Primer on second guitar, and Earl Howell on drums, while the overseas sessions substitute in Michael Dotson on second guitar and Allen Kirk on drums. The personnel changes don't matter one bit, since everything chugs along on Slim's singing and guitar playing anyway, and the set is darn near seamless. Highlights include the ragged and brisk "Please Don't Leave Me," a solid "Texas Flood," a live take on "Tin Pan Alley," and textbook covers of B.B. King's "Bad Luck," Willie Dixon's "Close to You," Albert King's "Goin' to California," and Mack Rice's "Cold Women with Warm Hearts." It all adds up to nearly an hour's worth of modern Chicago blues with no tricks and no frills, or in other words, exactly what you'd expect from Magic Slim.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Wolf Records
UPC: 0799582080929
catalogNumber: 120809
Rank: 90460

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Magic Slim   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John Primer   Guitar
Morris Magic Slim Holt   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Holt   Bass Guitar
Earl Howell   Drums
Michael Dotson   Guitar
Alan Kirk   Drums
Nick Hotl   Bass

Technical Credits

Larry Davis   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Curtis Jones   Composer
Morris Magic Slim Holt   Composer,Producer
B.B. King   Composer
Albert King   Composer
Alex Munkas   Engineer
Mack Rice   Composer
Harald Ergott   Cover Design
Hannes Folterbauer   Producer
Jules Taub   Composer
Joseph Scott   Composer
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Engineer

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