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A soundtrack for seduction

Give It Up to Love
Give It Up to Love
By Mighty Sam McClain

Audioquest Records: 1993

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This review first appeared in the Spring 1994 edition of Blues Revue Quarterly magazine (now Blues Revue).

This release is a real treat. Sam McClain is one of the most vibrant, sensual soul singers out there, and this entire album is full of outstanding original songs destined to become R&B standards.

The success starts with McClain's vocals, which are nasal but with a rich timbre. His phrasing and delivery are among the best – place him alongside Al Green, Johnnie Taylor and Teddy Pendergrass.

Organized Bruce Katz plays his Hammond B-3 to Booker T. Jones perfection, and guitarist Kevin Barry drives the rhythm with energy, while providing tasteful solos.

McClain's brand of soul is slow – romantic bordering on erotic. This isn't dance music; it's a soundtrack for seduction.