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Mahsa VAHDAT and Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Scent Of Reunion, Love Duets Across Civilizations 2009

Posted in BLUES, Mahsa VAHDAT, Mighty Sam McCLAIN on December 4, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Mahsa VAHDAT and Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Scent Of Reunion, Love Duets Across Civilizations 2009

Blues

Scent of reunion, where the Norwegian guitar master Knut Reiersrud and a band of some of Norway’s finest musicians joined by Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and the American blues singer Mighty Sam McClain to perform live the songs from the brand new record Scent of reunion: love duets across civilizations. This project is producer Erik Hillestad’s latest effort in his series of recordings aimed at bridging political divides with music.
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Love knows no boundaries. Nothing on earth can stop lovers from reaching out to each other. Differences in culture or faith cannot prevent them from attempting to unite across the barriers the world’s political powers erect.
The new Album “Scent of Reunion” ( Love duets across civilications) will be  released by Kirkelig Kulturverksted on September sung by Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Mighty Sam Mcclain from US .
Featured on the “Scent of Reunion” CD,  are Knut Reiersrud and Jarle Bernhoft arrangements, guitars and electrical piano. On double bass, vibraphone, piano and trumpet ? Mathias Eick, on drums ? Rune Arnesen and on the ney flute ? Pasha Hanjani from Tehran.
The Farsi Lyrics is by well known painter and poet Mohammah Ebrahim Jafari and English lyrics is by Norwegian poet and producor  Erik Hillestad .
One of the songs from the album (Silent song )  has been dedicated to all Nedas and Sohrabs in Iran .
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01. Meditating Over A Photo  04:27
02. Imprints  06:49
03. Ambassador Of Hearts  06:00
04. So Blue  05:50]
05. Earth  05:50
06. Flowers No None Has Ever Se  05:34
07. Migratory Bird  05:06
08. Born  04:44
09. My Kingdom Is You  04:12
10. Silent Song  06:39

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Mighty Sam McCLAIN – One More Bridge To Cross 2003

Posted in BLUES, Mighty Sam McCLAIN on November 30, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Mighty Sam McCLAIN – One More Bridge To Cross 2003

Blues

Once again, Mighty Sam McClain changes the face of the blues with his new album “One More Bridge To Cross”. Released on his own label, Mighty Music, the CD has a fresh sound and focuses more on Sam’s powerful and heart-breakingly beautiful voice.
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When Mighty Sam released his album “One More Bridge To Cross” he described it as probably the high point of his career. Pleased to be in control of the whole thing – producer, writer, in the studio from beginning to end and with his own label and publishing company. As Sam says, “the buck stops here”. For Sam this “new beginning” was a new dawn on his career following his decision to take complete control over his operation.
In a wide ranging interview with the Primer, Sam talks about the highs and lows of his recording career, the good and bad times in his life, and his delight with the way the album turned out.
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Mighty Sam brings lyrics, rhythm, style, and guitar artistry together in a way that only a true blues man can do. One easily hears the influences of his early life in Louisiana filtered through soulful blues lenses. His songs involve emotional, relational struggles as one might expect of Sam MCClain. But he mixes in so many hopeful, inspirational, and even spiritual overtones into this repertoire. This CD grows on me each and every time I’ve listened to it. If you love the blues, and love it sung with heart and soul, you’ll want to have this in your library.
By Douglas R. Parrish.
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Mighty Sam McClain- (Vocals);
Chris Tofield- (Guitar);
Mark Paquin- (Saxophone, Trombone);
Trent Austin- (Trumpet);
Barry Seelen- (Keyboards);
Jim Arnold- (Drums).
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01. Why Do We Have To Say Goodbye 5:17
02. Witness 4:28
03. Open Up Heaven’s Door 3:51
04. If It Wasn’t 4 Da Blues 5:38
05. Most Of All 4:47
06. Are You Ready For Love 4:25
07. Been There, Done That 6:00
08. What’s Your Name 3:18
09. Thought I Heared Your Voice 4:37
10. The Other Man In The Band 6:23
11. Sweet Honey Bee 3:05
12. Don’t Leave Me Behind 4:41
13. One More Bridge To Cross 6:42
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Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Soul Survivor 1999

Posted in BLUES, Mighty Sam McCLAIN on November 28, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Soul Survivor 1999

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Soul Survivor compiles the best material from Mighty Sam McClain’s four Audioquest releases, all recorded during the 1990s.
As much a soul singer as a bluesman, Sam McClain writes songs that are emotional and very personal. McClain has a powerful voice not unlike Otis Redding’s or Bobby “Blue” Bland’s. The strongest material here is on the second half of the 13-track CD, including the organ-propelled “What You Want Me To Do,” the fast-paced and previously unreleased “I’m Gonna Love You,” and the soul-blues tune “When The Hurt Is Over.”
The title Soul Survivor befits the 58-year-old McClain, who has certainly earned the right to sing the blues. Kicked out of his Monroe, Louisiana, home by a jealous stepfather when he was 13, young Sam hooked up with a local R&B band before earning his big break, a recording session produced by a Florida deejay. That session spawned the vocalist’s only hit, a gospel-inflected version of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.” Unfortunately the singer’s career quickly fizzled, and he was forced to clean floors in Memphis, sell his blood in New Orleans, and live on the streets. After recovering from alcoholism, McClain was re-discovered in New Orleans, where he recorded two albums for the Orleans label before moving on to Audioquest.
McClain is supported here by sophisticated horns, Bruce Katz’s versatile B-3 and piano stylings, Kevin Barry’s hot guitar, and a tasteful rhythm section. Sam McClain has recently found religion, and though his lyrics reflect his faith, they are seldom preachy. Besides his religious beliefs, McClain sings passionately about love and survival.
By Ed Kopp. AAJ.
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Mighty Sam McClain will probably take off as a result of his New Man in Town single being featured as the new Billy theme song on Ally McBeal, but he truly deserves success based on the merits of all his songs. He has a deep, rich, soul-inspired voice, backed by skilled blues musicians. Give It Up To Love has got to be one of the greatest ballads ever sung – Sam’s voice conveys tremendous, real emotion, not the Michael Bolton-style of fake emotion. I used this song on this album to demo stereos recently (this song in particular is exceptionally good for equipment demos) and several people in the stereo stores came up to ask to whom I was listening, including a ditzy little teen who seemed like she would be more of a Backstreet Boys or Ricky Martin fan. If you like this greatest hits collection, buy McClain’s other albums as well – they are as solid from first song to last as this best of album.
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Bruce Katz- (Piano, Keyboards,Organ),
Kevin Barry- (Guitar, Slide Guitar),
Paul Bryan- (Bass),
Joe Casano- (Trumpet),
Lorne Entress- (Drums),
Ole Mathisen- (Tenor Sax),
Mighty Sam McClain- (Vocals),
Walter Platt- (Trumpet),
Michael Rivard- (Bass),
Ken Wenzel- (Trombone),
Ted “Teddy B” Bukowski- (Bass),
Zac Casher- (Drums),
Ted Decola- (Tenor Sax),
Peter Giftos- (Guitar),
Tim Ingles- (Bass),
Dave Limina- (Keyboards),
Julien Kasper- (Guitar).
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01. Too Proud  (4:36)
02. Can You Stand the Test of Love  (5:05)
03. Who Made You Cry?  (5:49)
04. New Man in Town  (5:42)
05. What Do You Want Me to Do?  (4:50)
06. Where You Been So Long?  (5:58)
07. Honey Chile  (4:47)
08. Here I Go Falling in Love Again  (4:53)
09. Lord Will Make a Way  (4:48)
10. Hanging on the Cross (Between Heaven and the Blues)  (5:47)
11. I’m Gonna Love You  (4:14)
12. When the Hurt Is Over (Maybe Love Will Flow)  (8:03)
13. Give It Up to Love  (4:25)
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Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Joy and Pain (Live) 1998

Posted in BLUES, Mighty Sam McCLAIN on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Joy and Pain (Live) 1998

Blues

This live recording of McClain from a 1997 tour in Germany demonstrates how clearly interconnected the blues, soul, and gospel are. Songs express his love for people, life, and the Almighty, making the message simple yet mountain moving. The title simply states what his voice carries  joy and pain.
By Char Ham, All Music Guide.
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Mighty Sam McClain- (Vocals);
Peter Giftos- (Guitar);
Paul Ahlstrand- (Tenor Sax);
Walter Platt- (Trumpet);
Ken Wenzel- (Trombone);
George Papageorge- (Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ);
Tim Ingles- (Bass);
Zac Casher- (Drums).
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01. Gone for Good 10:56
02. Sledgehammer Soul and Down Home Blues 4:36
03. What You Want Me to Do? 7:06
04. Where You Been So Long? 7:19
05. I’m So Lonley 6:52
06. Forgive and Forget 8:07
07. Lord Will Make a Way 9:52
08. Long Train Runnin’ 4:31
09. Soul That’s Been Abused 8:45
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Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues 1997

Posted in BLUES, Mighty Sam McCLAIN on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Mighty Sam McCLAIN – Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues 1997

Blues

Great music combined with excellent audio quality on this Audioquest CD!One of Mighty Sam’s best albums, and probably my best blues-CD besides “Keep On Movin'”, also from him. The fantastic recording quality brings out his powerful voice and all nuances of modulation for one of the rare sound experiences that not too many productions are able to present us, unfortunately. Listen to Joe Golindo’s blues trombone on track 2, to Bruce Katz’s ecstatic piano “rumbling” in the lowest tones on the keyoard on track 5 “When the Hurt is Over”, then you know what I mean. The band is an excellent companion for Mighty Sam, probably the best ensemble he had among all of his albums. Listen to his dialogue with the band on track 4 and track 11 “Bridge of Faith”. It’s a superb album – one that I never get tired of listening to!Finally a warning: it’s not for background listening – you got to take your time to listen to this album and really enjoy it, but it’s worth it.
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Sam McClain was born in Louisiana in 1943. As a five year old, he began singing in his mother’s Gospel Church. He left home when he was thirteen to escape an abusive stepfather and followed local R & B guitarist Little Melvin Underwood through the Chitlin Circuit. First as his valet and then as lead vocalist himself. While he was singing at the 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida he was introduced to Producer / DJ, “Papa Don” Schroeder. In 1966, Sam recorded Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams”, his first real success. Several recording sessions at Muscle Shoals produced singles, “Fannie-Mae” and “In the Same Old Way”, but his career never really took off. For fifteen years, first in Nashville, then in New Orleans Sam worked menial jobs and was forced to sell his plasma while he was homeless. Sam was offered a chance to tour and record in Japan in 1989. “Live In Japan”, featuring legendary Wayne Bennett is a truly fine recording, much sought after by fans worldwide. By the early 1990’s Sam networked his way to New England by way of his association with the Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party project (produced by Hammond Scott on Black Top). These friends provided encouragement and collaborations, which led to Joe Harley and AudioQuest Music. The results were these successful releases, “Give It Up To Love”, “Keep On Movin”, “Sledgehammer Soul and Down Home Blues”, “Journey”. (“New Man In Town” was used in the TV show Ally McBeal on FOX-TV). Sam signed on with the Telarc Blues label in 1999 and released two records before starting his own label in 2003, Mighty Music, and released, “One More Bridge To Cross”.
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Vocalist Mighty Sam McClain lends his gruff Bobby Bland-ish style to Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues (AudioQuest 1042; 71:37). Backed by a capable group of blues scholars, including Bruce Katz on Hammond B-3 organ, Kevin Barry on guitar and a punchy four-piece horn section, McClain dishes out portions of gospel, country, funk, reggae, R&B and blues with a truckload of soul, but he’s ultimately most affecting on confessional slow blues numbers like “When The Hurt Is Over (Maybe Love Will Flow),” “They Call Me Mighty” (his answer to “Stormy Monday”) and “If You Could See.” Deep, deep blues from the old school delivered with heartfelt conviction.
By Bill Milkowski.
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01. Sledgehammer Soul & Downhome Blues
02. Where You Been So Long
03. Trying To Find Myself
04. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
05. When The Hurt Is Over
06. Pray
07. They Call Me ‘Mighty’
08. Dancin’ To The Music Of Love
09. Hey Miss Bea
10. If You Could See
11. Bridge Of Faith
12. Don’t Write Me Off
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