Sunday, August 2, 2020

Mighty Joe Young - Blues With A Touch Of Soul (1970 us, spectacular electric cihicago blues with horn section)

Mighty Joe Young, longtime sideman for Magic Sam, leads his own 1970 session on Blues With A Touch Of Soul (Delmark DD-629; 43:18). With Dawkins on second guitar and John “Big Moose” Walker on piano and organ, Young turns in urgent and earthy renditions of Albert King’s “I Walked All Night,” Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used To Do” and Bill Doggett’s instrumental classic “Honky Tonk.” But he digs deepest here on the slow blues, “Somebody Loan Me A Dime.”

This was Mighty Joe Young’s first LP. Fellow Delmark recording artist Jimmy Dawkins wrote the original LP notes and said “Young is one of the Midwest’s most gifted and conclusive guitarists and certainly Chicago’s best.” Mighty Joe was very active in the 60’s with his own career and as session player; he recorded with Magic Sam on the two classic Delmark albums West Side Soul and Black Magic, with Willie Dixon for Columbia and on Tyrone Davis’ million-seller “Can I Change My Mind.” Similar to Magic Sam’s albums, the music is sound of 60’s soul .

Mighty Joe Young was born as Joseph Young Jr. in September 23, 1927 and passed away on March 24, 1999.
1. I Walked All Night (Mighty Joe Young) - 3:06
2. Somebody Loan Me A Dime (Fenton Robinson) - 10:40
3. Every Man Needs A Woman (Mighty Joe Young) - 8:24
4. Why, Baby? (Mighty Joe Young) - 5:36
5. Things I Used To Do (Eddie Jones) - 3:50
6. Got A Bad Case Of Loving You (Mighty Joe Young) - 5:50
7. Honky Tonk (Bill Doggett, Billy Butler) - 5:23

*Mighty Joe Young - Guitar, Vocals
*Jimmy Dawkins - Guitar
*Sylvester Boines - Bass
*Hezekiah Roby - Drums
*John "Big Moose" Walker* - Organ, Piano
*Dennis Lansing - Tenor Saxophone
*Jordan Sandke - Trumpet

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