West Side Soul
Magic Sam’s debut, released on Delmark in 1967, introduced the world to Chicago’s West Side sound. This isn’t the beefy swagger of the city’s Chess era. The elegant and stylish bluesman’s reedy yelp and tremolo-laden guitar reflect a love for Motown’s sweet melodicism (“That’s All I Need”) and lean, rocking swing (“I Feel So Good - I Wanna Boogie”). Even when Magic Sam gets low, down, and dirty on J.B. Lenoir’s “Mama, Mama - Talk to Your Daughter,” he sounds disarmingly sophisticated.