Picks and Pans Review: Hell of a Spell
It was recorded in California and Sahm, a countrified rock'n'roller (or rockified Texas swinger), set out to achieve something called San Antonio blues. But this LP seems to be coming more from Kansas City or New York, circa 1955. By any name, it's rewarding elemental R&B. Sahm, 38, is a San Antonio-born eclectic whose various musical incarnations have all had recognizable Texas roots. This is true even though his closest brush with fame, She's about a Mover, was a rocker he cut in 1965 when his group was called the Sir Douglas Quintet. On his 1973 album, Doug Sahm and Band, Bob Dylan and Dr. John sat in. Sahm has the unalleviated blues on this LP and wails them huskily, while such sidemen as sax player Rocky Morales and trumpeter Charles McBurney sympathize. Most of the tunes are original and new, and all—especially I'll Take Care of You and Ain't into Lettin' You Go—prove you can still get and enjoy the blues in 1980.
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