Magic Sam

Blue Light Boogie / You Don't Have To Work

Chief : C-7033

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  • Artist: Magic Sam
  • A Side: Blue Light Boogie
  • B Side: You Don't Have To Work
  • Label: Chief
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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This week's R&B/Blues blaster comes from that busy desk of Mel London on his highly regarded Chief label. A cool slab of 1960 Chicago R&B, Magic Sam's 2nd of 4 x 45s released on Chief, a short-lived but highly productive imprint.

The main aspect of this listing, is the very remarkable archive condition! Perfect labels, mint minus previously unplayed vinyl still housed in it's birth-sleeve. You don't need us to remind you, just how rare this level of perfectness is, whilst acquiring 50's/60's Chicago Blues.

Our lead side is growling R&B Boogie shaker; enriched and driven by a horn and honky-tonk piano. A strong foot-stomper classily softened by shrill girl choruses. The flipside is a moody Magic Sam penned "You Don't Have To Work" a slow drag Blues again decorated with girl-group responses as Samuel Gene Maghett's bluesy vocal is peppered by dominant guitar riffs; Those constant guitar picks adding to the session before a sulking saxophone bursts in action. Typical 1960 Southside Chicago R&B which ever side you drop the arm on...

but more importantly, we repeat you will never find a finer copy..

After leaving the famed Cobra label, "Chief" was Magic Sam's first stop off, joining Mel London's growing stable of Chicago hopefuls, besides Magic Sam there was such notables as Junior Wells, Elmore James, Lillian Offitt, Earl Hooker etc. under Mel's influence, Magic Sam was in good company indeed... but unfortunately even with all that great talent the label folded a year later in 1961.

But it is all about the impossible condition - try finding any late 50's / 60's authentic original Chicago label Blues in this super-fine archive condition 45s, again. It's not gonna happen...

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, previously unplayed vinyl, revealing only very fine sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light, this beauty still housed in its original birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Blue Light Boogie

    B Side

  • Title: You Don't Have To Work
  • Year: 1960
  • City: Chicago, Illinois