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Mighty Sam McClain - 17th Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads

 (Stereo Version)


APO Records



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DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download

DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download

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Total download size: 2.50GB Total play length: 1:03:49

The first live blues concert recorded entirely in high-res DSD!

Lifelike resolution sounds like front-row VIP concert seating!

Cover art and liner notes included

"I can tell you that the sound is superb. Some demo-caliber albums are impressive for sonic feats (imaging! detail! bass!) while others are impressive for the opposite reason — the sonics get completely out of the way. Mighty Sam McClain falls into the latter category. All you hear is what took place on stage. Indeed, the space between your speakers becomes the stage. The lack of any trace of recording artifacts — hiss, glare, dynamic compression — is truly remarkable. Given the extremely fare price that SHR is charging for these releases, you owe it to yourself to sample at least one, not only for the music but to hear just how invisible the recording process can be." — Alan Taffel, The Absolute Sound, March 2015.

"The recording quality is exceptional, crystal clear, and sits you front and center for the full concert sound. DSD is a great format for live music and for those DSD naysayers I say take a listen to Live At The Crossroads in DSD and hear for yourself why so many people enjoy DSD." - Michael Lavorgna, Audio Stream

Blues Masters at the Crossroads. Produced by Acoustic Sounds, a global audience returns year-after-year to worship the blues at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. For the first time we're presenting six sets recorded live in 2014 at Blues Masters at the Crossroads Oct. 17-18. And it's the first live blues concert recorded entirely in Direct Stream Digital (DSD)!

Mighty Sam McClain got in late for the gig in Salina — hungry and tired. But, it was a homecoming of sorts and he was clearly pleased to be back. He'd been to Blue Heaven before for a recording session with Weepin' Willie Robinson and Susan Tedeschi, and he loved singing in the old church.

And, he knew that he was going to see his grade school friend, singer Sonny Green, for the first time in about 50 years. As a kid, McClain followed Green into Melvin Underwood's band in their hometown of Monroe, Louisiana — first singing back-up while Green handled lead vocals and later taking over when Green left the band.

McClain, at 5 years old, began singing in his mother's gospel church. He left home when he was 13 and followed R&B guitarist Underwood through the Chitlin' circuit. Throughout McClain's more than 50-year career, he has experienced everything from being homeless to being nominated for a Grammy Award. Still going strong at age 71, McClain's 2012 impressive album Too Much Jesus (not Enough Whiskey) garnered a nomination for Soul Blues Album of the Year from the Blues Foundation for the Blues Music Awards ( formerly W.C. Handy Awards), Song of the Year for the title track and a nomination for Mighty Sam as Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.

A Mighty Sam performance is always emotional. He takes church with him wherever he goes and this was a double dose. Saturday evening the gig got heavy quickly. McClain watched Green perform and then took the stage without a full band — just McClain's vocals, a keyboard, and guitar. Gospel meets the blues, delivering messages of hope and love. The set ends when Acoustic Sounds owner Chad Kassem encourages a reluctant Sonny Green, sitting near the front of the stage, to join his friend. The two take on "The Thrill is Gone," smiling throughout.

1. Introduction
2. Witness
3. Why Do We Have to Say Goodbye
4. Don't Wanna Be
5. Real Thing
6. Please Mr. Foreman
7. Respect Yourself
8. Thank You
9. The Thrill Is Gone

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