Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Rough Dried Woman



Track Listing:
1. Rough Dried Woman - 3:54   2. Match Box Blues - 6:57   3. Tell Me What Makes a Woman Treat a Good Man So Bad - 3:33   4. Spider in My Stew - 4:34   5. I'm Good - 3:37   6. Bad Avenue - 6:11   7. Mama Talk to Your Daughter - 4:11   8. Ain't It Nice - 5:13   9. Before You Accuse Me - 3:47   10. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - 4:55   11. Bad Boy - 4:36   12. Blues at Sunrise - 6:12   13. Stranded on the Highway - 5:40   14. Hard Luck Blues - 6:47



1. AllMusic by Michael G. Nastos
The Wolf record label has served Magic Slim & the Teardrops well, producing eight CDs between 1986 and 1992, when the band was emerging from Chicago to tour the world. They are deserving on many fronts as the self-proclaimed "best blues band on the planet," and these tracks, marketed as "Magic Slim's best 14 songs," certainly go a long way to proving that assertion. Of the album's 14 tracks, 11 come from the studio and three are previously unissued live concert sessions in Austria, all with Slim, the remarkable second guitarist John Primer, brother and bassist Nick Holt, and different drummers. Only one of the tunes was written by Slim, the others taken from classic blues songwriters and heroes of the lead vocalist and guitarist, whose distinctive sound comes shining through from start to finish. Albert King for sure is a favorite of Magic Slim, as he does fine renditions of "Match Box Blues" and a live version of "Blues at Sunrise" with extended guitar introductions. Composer Walter Williams is also well represented here on his classic "Bad Avenue" and "Ain't It Nice" in slow and dirty, grinding fashion. The definitive "Spider in My Stew" is Willie Dixon's tune, always a favorite of this band and audiences, as the richness of Slim's voice is most pronounced, while the Muddy Waters evergreen "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" suits Slim & the Teardrops to a T in a slow-stewing broth. Then there's J.B. Lenoir's famous "Mama, Talk to Your Daughter," as Slim's persuasive side takes a back seat to speedy con man's jive, and the bouncy "I'm Good" reveals the boastful, confident side of Slim while Nick Holt's upbeat basslines reinforce the alleged good times ahead. Eddie Taylor's classic "Bad Boy" reveals yet another facet in a chunky blues that parallels "Sweet Home Chicago," while the lone original of Magic Slim's "Tell Me What Makes a Woman Treat a Good Man So Bad" echoes the payback in a shouted-out, steady-rolling, rock-edged style. It's debatable whether these tracks comprise the very best of Magic Slim & the Teardrops through their four decades of presenting rip-snorting Chicago-style blues, but everything on this collection is very good and should please all blues lovers, not only in the way they play, but the broad range of excellent tunes they have chosen to perform faithfully. It also should be noted that shortly after the 2009 release of this CD, Nick Holt passed away at age 69 of brain cancer in Lincoln, NE.

2. MAZZMUSIKAS 25.10.2009
'The best blues band on the planet' staat er te lezen op de achterzijde van het cd-doosje. Dat kan ik in dit geval alleen maar beamen. Zeker als we het over pure onvervalste Chicago blues hebben, is Magic Slim met zijn Teardrops 'the real deal'. Wie hem ooit live aan het werk zag, hoef ik daarvan niet te overtuigen. Beter in het genre bestaat niet. Het overgrote deel van de opnames die Magic Slim maakte, zijn terug te vinden op de Rooster, Alligator, Blind Pig en Wolf platenlabels. Deze Rough Dried Woman compilatie, met als ondertitel 'Magic Slim's best 14 songs', bevat 14 songs uit zijn Wolfperiode. Het betreft hier 11 reeds verschenen bluessongs van diverse sessies uit de periode 1986-1992 aangevuld met drie, nooit eerder verschenen, live tracks van een Europese tournee begin 1990. Dat zijn uitstekende live versies van Albert Kings Blues At Sunrise, Dedrick Malone's Stranded On The Highway en Roy Browns Hard Luck Blues. 70 minuten onversneden Chicago blues. Wie nog geen cd's van hem in zijn collectie heeft steken kan ik van harte deze verzamel-cd aanbevelen. Tijdens de samenstelling en de productie van deze cd bereikte ons het nieuws dat Teardrops bassist Nick Holt, de jongere broer van Magic Slim, op 22 juni laatstleden aan kanker overleden is. Hij was 69 jaar oud. Het is dan ook niet meer dan logisch dat Rough Dried Woman aan hem opgedragen is. (BV)

3. - 2010.04.02

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