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1984, Black Magic Records 9007

Sleeve in Very Good +, Record in Excellent condition

1  Messin' With My Pride  
2  Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong 
3  All My Whole Life
4  All of My Life  
5  Double Dutch
6  Red Light

7  Cold and Hungry
8  Love Me With a Feeling
9  Dream  
10  Let's Pick It  
11  Big Leg Mama 
12  That Will Never Do 

Eddie C. Campbell
with Tip on In:
Willem van Dullemen, Ruud van Ingen, Lex Nijsen, Carlo Reys, Harry Visscher

Review by Bill Dahl
Recorded while Eddie Campbell was on a European sojourn that lasted a decade or so, this disc, cut back in 1984 for Black Magic with an overseas combo, is a very convincing effort mixing Campbell's own "Cold and Hungry," "Dream," and "Messin' with My Pride" with songs by Albert King, Jimmy Reed, Jimmie Lee Robinson, and Magic Sam.

Biography by Bill Dahl
Happily, Eddie C. Campbell returned to Chicago after spending a decade entrenched in Europe. His shimmering West Side-styled guitar playing and unusually introspective songwriting have been a breath of fresh air on the Windy City circuit, reuniting the veteran bluesman with fans he left behind in 1984.

Campbell left rural Mississippi for the bright lights of Chicago at age ten, sneaking a peek at Muddy Waters at the 1125 Club soon after he arrived and jamming with his idol when he was only 12. He fell in with some West Side young bloods — Luther Allison, Magic Sam — and honed a guitar attack rooted deep in the ringing style. Campbell paid his sideman dues on the bandstand with everyone from Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter to Little Johnny Taylor and Jimmy Reed. Koko Taylor recommended Campbell to Willie Dixon, who hired him as a Chicago Blues All-Star in 1976.

Campbell cut his own debut album, the rousing King of the Jungle, in 1977 for the Steve Wisner's short-lived Mr. Blues logo (now available on Rooster Blues, it includes the guitarist's lighthearted Yuletide perennial "Santa's Been Messin' With the Kid"). But he split the country for calmer European climates, recording a nice 1984 album with a Dutch group, Let's Pick It!, that first came out on Black Magic and now adorns the Evidence catalog.

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