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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BA BA THOMAS - MISS SHAKE IT

Perhaps the greatest record that Little Richard never cut????

I haven't a clue who Ba Ba Thomas is (there are 2 45's on King records from this mysterious figure), but it sure is a convincing imitation of a style that Little Richard had given up (and not yet come back to), and was also a complete anachronism at the time of its release in 1964. However, a wild slab of pure adrenalized rock n roll/ R&B never goes out of style, so I'm proud to present to you the excellent sounds of 'Miss Shake It'. Use this stuff with caution; it's lethal!

from 1964...

BA BA THOMAS - MISS SHAKE IT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MAGIC SAM - I'LL PAY YOU BACK

Magic Sam. Two words that send a chill up my spine...

Sam Maghett was a master of the electric guitar, born in Mississippi and transplanted to Chicago at a young age). As Sam was born in 1937 and a bit younger than the others on the electrified Chicago scene of the fifties and sixties, he took the blues into a whole new bag by incorporating not only the influence of soul but some rockabilly as well (check out his genius track '21 Days In Jail' from 1958). Sam's 1967 LP on Delmark, West Side Soul, is easily among the top ten blues LP's ever cut to wax, and in many ways may be my personal favorite.

On this side, fellow new breed Chicago bluesman Bobby Rush is credited as songwriter and producer. I'm not gonna lie; 'I'll Pay You Back' is essentially a plagiarized rewrite of The Isley Brothers' 'It's Your Thing'. However, the record is bad ass and infectious, and elevated Sam into a whole new thing that matched his always powerful vocals and guitar work into a very contemporary, hard hitting funk bag. 

Tragically, this 45 was Sam's final release, as he died of a heart attack on December 1, 1969 at the age of 32 years old. I can only imagine how many more raw, from the gut records he would have given us had he lived.

from 1969...

MAGIC SAM - I'LL PAY YOU BACK


As a bonus, here's an incredible clip of Magic Sam performing live in Europe, probably from 1969 as well. Not only is he demonstrating his earthy, straight from the soul guitar playing, but the opening interview show the man to be a soft spoken gentleman as well.