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Live at the Avant Garde

Magic Sam Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delmark Records
  • ASIN: B00F0MNDKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. San-Ho-Zay
2. Don't Want No Woman
3. I Need You So Bad
4. Feelin' Good
5. It's All Your Fault Baby
6. You Belong To Me
7. Bad Luck Blues
8. Come On In This House
9. Hoochie Coochie Man
10. Still A Fool
11. That's All I Need
12. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
13. That's All Right
14. Lookin' Good
15. Everynight Everyday
16. Hully Gully Twist

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Product Description

Magic Sam died at the end of 1969, aged 32, just as things were beginning to take off for him. His recorded legacy was small but included two Delmark studio albums: West Side Soul and Black Magic while several live recordings have since been released.

This CD is a June 1968 concert in Milwaukee featuring Magic Sam, vocals and guitar; Big Mojo Elem, bass and Bob Richey, drums. Over 65 minutes of music including classic songs such as Two Trains Running and I Need You so Bad.

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2013 'Delmark', 16 tracks. Recorded June/22, 1968. Magic Sam - voc/gtr, Big Mojo Elem - bass, Bob Richey - drums.
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  1. San-Ho-Zay
  2. Don't Want No Woman
  3. I Need You So Bad
  4. Feelin' Good
  5. It's All Your Fault Baby
  6. You Belong To Me
  7. Bad Luck Blues
  8. Come On In This House
  9. Hoochie Coochie Man
  10. Still A Fool
  11. That's All I Need
  12. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
  13. That's All Right
  14. Lookin' Good
  15. Everynight Everyday
  16. Hully Gully Twist

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic live 3 Feb 2014
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Magic Sam's advance towards popular prominence was cut short by his sudden death. This album, the best-sounding of his lkive recordings, is further evidence of his great talent. For an amateur recording set-up, it sounds startlingly immediate and Sam is in fine form, working through his regular repertoire and the unexpected (great version of Otis Rush's All Your Love (I MIss Loving). Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Sam 19 Jan 2014
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MAGIC Sam Well named great blues, unfortunately died too young, this is part of his legacy. If you like old blues well you'll probably love this! I do! Simply MAGIC
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Magic Sam Live 1969 Raw Blues! was a surprise enough gift in 2012 but to have 2013 give us Live At The Avant Garde 1968 is almost more than a West Side bluesman can ask for. This is the west side of the Windy City, folks, Otis Rush territory and not at all the horn-driven R&B west side sound of Sir Doug's beloved San Antonio. We are talking' about a man who could make the Fender Stratocaster speak Latin to Stratton and tell the truth to Ruth. A man revered by everyone from John Fahey to Bonnie Raitt to the Grateful Dead to Los Lobos and then back to me stuck here in this room in London.

Recorded by Sam fan Jim Charne on June 22, 1968 at a funky dive on Milwaukee's east side this is a fine sounding album. You get all the biggies here or should I write "hear": a clean recording, every instrument audible, proper stereo separation, the audience present but not overpowering the tunes and, most importantly a humdinger cum zinger of a performance. No one played guitar like Magic Sam, no one, and while you can learn his style via YouTube lessons given by worthy imitators this is the place to get off your face. Listen to his solo kick in at 1:24 on I Don't Want No Woman and the only people I can think of who pick like this are, at a pinch, Mick Green (Johnny Kidd & the Pirates) and maybe Wilko Johnson...and they are Limeys!

Not even Keith Richards or Wales' late great Mickie Gee (the guy who played the immortal intro on I Hear You Knockin' by Dave Edmunds) were better at the "rhythm guitar IS lead guitar" school of six string than Magic Sam. With only bass and drums behind him he fills up the sound without becoming an overbearing power trio and never ever forgetting the bluesy feel and tone which is the hallmark of the blues guitar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heard a track from this 17 April 2014
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On a blues show on a local radio station. Magic Sam was one of the most under rated blues guitar players,as is highlighted on this live recording. Sound quality of which is superb,by the way.
Why only 4 stars? For me,just a little too many instrumentals. Still well worth having though
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Holy Grail for fans of the late, great Magic Sam 25 Nov 2013
By Steven J. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a Magic Sam fan (and if you are a blues fan, you are a Magic Sam fan, or should be), consider this CD the Holy Grail. THIS is the live Magic Sam album we've all been waiting for, for years .... for decades (since Sam's tragic death in 1969). It is THAT good. Audio quality is so good, it'll make you cry tears of joy -- way superior to all previous live recordings of Magic Sam. Seriously. No fan of the late, great Magic Sam should be without this album.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGIC SAM LIVE AT THE AVANT GARDE--$1.50 AT THE DOOR 30 Nov 2013
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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"The room was small and smoky and hot and loud."

I just had to write something about this fine set so hopefully more Magic Sam/blues fans might find out just how good this set is. Among the currently available live Magic Sam sets this is the best recorded of the bunch by far. Sam's guitar and vocals are close mic'd and are fairly crisp and clean. Bob Richey's drums too are pretty well recorded. But Big Mojo Elem's bass is fairly inaudible. With headphones you can hear his fine supportive bass runs, but it's too bad they aren't a bit higher in the mix. But chalking the sound up to conditions (not the best) and the equipment (second hand), and that nothing could be done about the inherent mix, it's amazing to hear Sam's vocals and guitar in all their glory. So if the bass is a little low, that's okay. This set is rated 5 "stars" because of both the relatively fine recording quality and Sam's subtle yet smoldering performance. Is this the blues reissue of the year?

If you're a fan of Magic Sam (like me) you'll want to add this set to your blues collection. Sam's guitar is a prime example of that West Side sound you could hear virtually any night somewhere on the West Side of Chicago, back when blues was alive, in any number of small clubs and taverns. Just listen to "Don't Want No Woman" for a good example of West Side blues/soul. Sam's vocals are filled with that raw tension and that soulful, pleading tone he's known for. And when you combine his guitar work with his declamatory vocals--well it doesn't get much better than this.

All the songs are in the 4-5 minutes range. And it's that conciseness that gives his performances a vibrancy and excitement found in Sam's two Delmark studio albums "West Side Soul" and "Black Magic". The economy of his solos actually seems to build up a tension that increases through each song. Listen to "It's All Your Fault Baby" or "Come On In This House" to hear how Sam builds up that tension with only a few notes in his relatively short solos. Or listen to Sam's version of Otis Rush's "All You Love (I Miss Loving)"--another highlight among many. His use of his guitar, playing off his vocals to build a song's impact runs all through this set. There's no long drawn out solos that dilute the tension heard in these tunes. This set is the real deal. You'll recognize songs written by Freddy King, Junior Parker, Willie Dixon, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Rogers, and (of course) Sam Maghett among others.

I've always wondered why recordings this good, of a major blues artist, have taken so many years to see the light of day. Sam recorded relatively little--his Cobra and Chief sides and his Delmark albums (from the same period as this live set) are considered his best albums. The few recorded live albums were marred sonically, so why did something this good remain unheard? But it doesn't matter. There's an authentic energy and period feel of being in the club that runs all through this great set of tunes. Sam's easy going banter with club patrons between songs helps give this set an authentic feel. I've been listening to Magic Sam since the days of the original Delmark vinyl releases back in the late 60's, and this set from the Avant Garde club brings back all the excitement of those first albums from all those years (decades!) ago. Buy this now.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam and Delmark delivers the best sounding overall full concert on CD yet 2 Dec 2013
By James Zinn - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of all the live CDs of Magic Sam released so far, this is the best sounding overall and a strong full concert.

The set list is great, missing some classics each of us fans would like to hear like "I Just Want A Little Bit" (one of my favorite songs of his) but take what we can get! Sam tightly bangs out one great song after another of his own or Chicago blues classic until the end. Just like you're in the club, and very listenable.

As another reviewer Stuart has already mentioned the sound isn't great but perhaps the high end of low-fi, but very listenable. The bass player Big Mojo is hard to hear.

I'm not sure if Big Mojo Elem was the best match for Sam but he's just OK here. He's slightly out of tune and plays in the wrong key sometimes so maybe he didn't
know all the songs or they hadn't played together much. Perhaps he was just having an off-night. They do get their groove on better later in the show.

Fans of Sam's Delmark LPs like West Side Soul and Black Magic will get rewarded. You keep hearing those classic tracks coming on over and over. Collectors will have to accept any decent live Magic Sam they can get into this world, and this one delivers.

For now, the best-sounding official release I've heard so far of live Magic Sam except the two live tracks tacked onto the end of "The Late Great Magic Sam".

Fans or collectors of Magic Sam, or classic electric West Side Chicago blues must add this CD to their collections.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Veritable Time Capsule Of Blues. 17 Dec 2013
By Pinetree - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding disc. Sam plays with complete confidence, and never plays a stray note. No effects, no embellishments, or showing off, just a solid performance by men with guitars, amplifiers, and drums.

Granted, by today's standards, the mix is a little on the quiet side, and he sings too close to the mic occasionally, but all-in-all, a real gem.

Thanks for letting these tapes see the light of day, Jimmy.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The utter magic of Magic Sam! 6 Dec 2013
By Mark B. Rohrer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is live Magic Sam at his finest! I was there that hot night in Milwaukee in 1968 and having seen Sam a dozen times I assure you this was one of his best performances. The guitar is miked perfectly to really capture the essence of this great bluesman who died far too young. Thanks again to Delmark, Bob and Steve for bringing this to life so many years later (and to Ronnie Earl too).
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