by Chris Mosey
A release of remastered albums on vinyl by the European jazz label Storyville provides a welcome chance to re-evaluate the blues and the black artists who introduced the musical form to Europe. The albums are pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl, individually numbered, and with old and new liner notes. Each record comes with the possibility of a free digital download. The albums may well become collectors' items. Storyville obviously expects a big international ...read more
by Ed Kopp
One look at Magic Slim’s glowering face on the cover of this CD and it’s clear the big man means business. At age 62, the Magic one shows no signs of mellowing. Snakebite rocks ferociously, thanks in large part to the leader's raw guitar playing.This is the Teardrops' most diverse effort to date, and all the tracks are passionate. In addition to edgy numbers like the Slim original Please Don’t Dog Me" and Muddy Waters’ Country Boy," the ...read more
by Ed Kopp
Magic Slim and the Teardrops are one of the best gutbucket blues bands around. Their music is loud, refreshingly unprocessed and it rocks like the devil.
Though the Teardrops' guitar-centric sound has grown edgier and more distinctive in recent years, the band was already a veteran operation in 1992 when this live set was recorded in Vienna, Austria. 44 Blues is a typically rough-hewn collection, and at 73 minutes long, it delivers a lot of music for the money.
Born ...read more