Saturday, May 2

Magic Sam - All Your Love / Love Me With A Feeling (1957)

"No blues guitarist better represented the adventurous modern sound of Chicago's West side more proudly than Sam Maghett. He died tragically young (at age 32 of a heart attack), just as he was on the brink of climbing the ladder to legitimate stardom, but Magic Sam left behind a thick legacy of bone-cutting blues that remains eminently influential around his old stomping grounds to this day. ... Sam's tremolo-rich staccato fingerpicking was an entirely fresh phenomenon when he premiered it on Eli Toscano's Cobra label in 1957. Prior to his Cobra date, the guitarist had been gigging as Good Rocking Sam, but Toscano wanted to change his nickname to something old-timey like Sad Sam or Singing Sam. No dice, said the newly christened Magic Sam (apparently Mack Thompson's brainstorm). His Cobra debut single, 'All Your Love,' was an immediate local sensation; its unusual structure would be recycled time and again by Sam throughout his tragically truncated career. Sam's Cobra encores 'Everything Gonna Be Alright' and 'Easy Baby' borrowed much the same melody but were no less powerful; the emerging Westside sound was now officially committed to vinyl."
YouTube: All Your Love, Love me with a feeling, Everything Gonna Be Alright, Look watcha' done, All Night Long, All My Whole Life
YouTube: The Essential Magic Sam: The Cobra and Chief Recordings 1957-1961, Chicago Blues 1957 to 1960 (Full Album)