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MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS

MIDNIGHT BLUES

BLIND PIG (BPCD5125)

Let Me Love You, You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had, Give Me Back My Wig, Lonely Man, Spider In My Stew, Going Down The Road Feeling Bad, Full Load Boogie, Crosseyed Cat, House Cat Blues, Carla, Cryin' Won't Let You Stay, What Is That You Got, Loving You Is The Best Thing That Happened To Me.

Magic Slim, with new Teardrops Jon McDonald, Danny O'Connor and David Simms, is back in top form on this rockin' release full of blowsy Chicago blues and house-rockin' boogie.

From his huge repertoire, Magic Slim has pulled out some fine material from Muddy Waters, Little Milton and Hound Dog Taylor alongside five originals ranging from the aptly titled instrumental "Full Load Boogie", the slow blues "Carla" which features some of the best guitar playing on the album and "What Is That You Got?" with it's hair-raising solos. "Loving You Is The Best Thing That Happened To Me" is Little Milton's big soul-flavoured ballad featuring a hot horn section and background vocals by the legendary Otis Clay but maybe the best cut is the opener "Let Me Love You" with its driving guitar, rock-steady drums, bopping bass and buoyant vocals that include Slim's lascivious Howlin' Wolf impersonation.

Hotshot guests add even more spice to this beefy set. There's James Cotton who couldn't have put in a better performance on Slim's strutting version of Muddy Water's "Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had". Then Lonnie Brooks shreds the speakers on Slim's favourite blues "Spider In My Stew" and Elvin Bishop whacks out the licks on the pumping "Cryin' Won't Let You Stay". Little Ed Williams pulls out all the stops on the frenetic version of Hound Dog's "Give Me Back My Wig" with Slim bawling out the lyrics while Ed stabs in some of the most waspish slide guitar ever.

There's nothing sophisticated about this stuff. It's simply a powerful, full blown Chicago blues band going at it full blast just like they do every time they play the South-side and nobody does it better than Magic Slim! Five stars.

This CD is out of print and not currently available

Review Date: November 2008

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