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Album Review

If any single thing could be said about Magic Slim & The Teardrops, the watchword that prevails is consistency. Over eight CDs on the German Wolf label and the same total for Blind Pig Records — compilations notwithstanding — this group not only delivers time and time again with their electric contemporary urban blues, but continually reminds us of the forefathers that preceded them in making Chicago a focal point for this music. From classics by Elmore James, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Nighthawk, J.B. Hutto, Clay Hammond, and Little Milton, Slim and the band put their foot to the wood and never let up on the gas, steaming through these classic blues songs with a rock & roll attitude. Three originals by Slim also reflect the same no-nonsense posture, but add updated, doubting Thomas inquiries, as on the shuffle rocker "Do You Mean It?," "Shame," and the sly Chi-Town blues of "Treat Me the Way You Do." While the smart, well-chosen material is the key to their success, it's how they play with utter confidence, energy, passion, and drive that sets this band apart from all others. Kudos to second guitarist Jon McDonald, bassist Andre Howard, drummer B.J. Jones, and Morris Holt (aka Slim) for fortifying this music without any apologies. This is not news for the blues community who are well aware of how great Magic Slim & the Teardrops have always been, but in light of them just getting better and better, someone in Chicago should build a monument to this group for their determination, and their ability to do the city proud worldwide. Raising the Bar is yet another excellent effort made by blue-collar workers, deserving of universally wide recognition, and comes highly recommended without a doubt. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

RAISING THE BAR !!!!

MAGIC SLIM A VIRTUAL UNKNOWN IS THE LARGE STORY OF THE BUES BUT TO US NORTH AND SOUTH EASTBLUESMEN OL MAGIC IS A HOUSEHOLD NAME. KNOW MAGIC AND HIS ABILITIES IS WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY PROPELL HIM INTO THE TOP 10 OF BLUES BAND THAT WE WILL EVENTUALLY SEE THE GENIUS, HONESTY AND SOUL IN IS PLAYING AND SINGING BRING THE TRUTH THE GOSPEL TRUTH......A MAIN INGREDIENT N THE BLUES. MAGIC TO ME REMINDS ME OF THE LATE FREDDDIE KING....AND FOR YOU WHO NOW FREDDIE KNOW THAT SURELY IS ONEHELLOF A COMPLIMENT. I BOUGHT THE FIRST TWO magic ALBUMS ON A WHIM THE LAST TWO I BOUGHT ON PURPOSE NOW I AM ON HIS NEWLETER SO I CAN GET WHATEVER IS NEW AND SO SHOULD YOU. KEEP BUY MAGIC;S MUSIC HE IS JUST NOW FITTING INTO HIS PRIME WITH ELEGANCE, GRACE AND OF COURSE A BREAEIFCASE FULLOF BLUES !!! SO DO YOURSELF, YOUR COLLECTION AND YOUR FRIENDS A FAVOR ANDBUY THIS ALBU SO THEY DO NOT GON ANY LONGER WITHOUT EXPERIENCEING MAGIC SLIM RAISING THE BAR IS THE PERFECT NAME FOR THIS ALBUM FOR HE HAS RAISED IT AND WENT UNDER WITH PLENTY OF ROOM TO GO EVEN LOWER;;;;; I'LL BE WAITING WITH BAITED BREATHE FOR THE NEXT MAGIC SLIM ALBUM TILLTHEN THIS ONE AND MIDNIGHT BLUES ARE MY TWO FAVS CMON WHAT ELSE YA GONNA DO WITH 9.99 BUT AN ICE CREAM SUNDAY??? GO FOR IT MUSIC IS ONE PURCHASE YOU GET YOUR MONEY;S WORTH EPECIALLY WITH ALBUMS LIKE THIS. I GIVE IT 8 OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5 STARS IT IS THAT GOOD !!!! you'r e aout to see go aheaed push the buttom that say BUY THE ENTIRE ALBUM not a bad song in the bunch !!!! st james

Raising The Bar, Magic Slim & The Teardrops
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music
  • Released: May 18, 2010

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