Quite conflicted on this one. First about this "soul". Magic Sam is a blues singer with a fantastic soaring voice that can have a slight soul feel to it on some tracks. If you want blues with a real blues/soul/funk sound then check out the likes of the mighty Albert King on Stax. Given that this cd and West Side Soul present Magic Sam with a powerful backing band of class blues musicians what I do like about this cd is the additional tasteful accompaniment of the sax which constantly weaves in and out of the tracks.
But I reckon at least two tracks on this cd sound like they have been lifted straight off West Side Soul. Virtually nothing changed but the lyrics. And I have to credit Magic Sam for tackling a classic Otis Rush song. He even sounds like Otis but it did have me revisiting the Otis classic and nothing but nothing compares to hearing Otis Rush not so much as being backed by Ike Turners Band but positively powered along by a wall of frenetic sound and energy.
So if you dont own West Side Soul buy this for the quality of the material but I dont think there are any real standout tracks. If you dont own either I would probably recommend West Side Soul over this one as I think the material is a little more powerful with a few really standout tracks.