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Album Review

Fuel 2000's Essential Magic Sam: The Cobra and Chief Recordings 1957-1961 is the latest, best-sounding repackaging of this material. If you already have this material elsewhere in your collection (and given the number of times it's come out in various incarnations, you very well may), you don't need to replace your previous disc, but if you're looking for the best-available collection of this seminal material, turn here.

Customer Reviews

A great collection of Sam's earlier work

While it can be repetitive, this is a very comprehensive album of Magic Sam's pre-Delmark days. While less well known as "West Side Soul" or "Black Magic", there's A LOT of stuff here to recommend. "21 Days in Jail" "Mr. Charlie" "Magic Rocker" "Every Night About This Time" just to name a few. Download the whole album.


No one's blues collection is complete without Sam


Born: February 14, 1937 in Grenada, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s

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. Maghett (one of his childhood pals was towering guitarist Morris Holt, who received his Magic Slim handle...
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