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Album Review

McClain sings soul with incredible power — he knows when to pull the punches and when to cool it down. "Give It Up to Love," the title track, acknowledges his gospel roots; he performs it as a vocal prayer to God asking for wisdom, love, and strength. Bruce Katz's contributions on B-3 Hammond organ expands McClain's sound, particularly on the "Green Onions"-influenced "What You Want Me to Do." The sparsely effective arrangement on "Here I Go Falling in Love Again" brings McClain up front as he cries of being a soul stripped to the bare bones. Kevin Barry's funky bass blows while McClain declares himself as a child of God in "Child of the Mighty Mighty."

Customer Reviews

You can't help but fall in love with his story...more importnatly his voice!

I was turned on to this performer in 93 when this album came out. It is one of those albums that you can never tire of...inspirational, emotional and absolutley a must for any blues lover! the first two tracks are fantastic, but the beauty of this album is that there is not a bad song on it! Worth every penny!

Love it

I bought this after purchasing a high end audio system back in the 90's. If you want to test out high end systems, this is the album for you.


Born: April, 1943 in Monroe, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Vocalist Mighty Sam McClain is a specialist in Southern soul-blues, one of the original masters from the 1960s, when the music enjoyed its peak popularity. He carries on the tradition of vocalists like Bobby Bland, Solomon Burke, Otis Clay, James Carr, and Otis Redding. His excellent '90s recordings are now widely available, but that wasn't always the case. Like so many other soul-blues vocalists, McClain began singing gospel in his mother's choir when he was five. At 13, owing to disagreements with...
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