Home  |  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News       

High-End High-Performance Audiophile Review Magazine & Hi-Fi Audio Equipment Reviews
Audiophile Equipment Review Magazine High-End Audio

  High-Performance Audio Reviews
  Music News, Show Reports, And More!

  29 Years Of Service To Music Lovers

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Mighty Sam McClain
Sweet Dreams

Mighty Sam McClain "Sweet Dreams"

By Todd Warnke
Click here to e-mail reviewer

CD Stock Number: Telarc CD-83528 


  Wow, Mighty Sam certainly has had a ride, from 1966 when he hit the Top 10 with a version of "Sweet Dreams", to penniless and homeless in the '80s. And then back. Indeed, the '90s have been better to Mighty Sam than just about any other Soul/Blues singer. And the good times are certainly well deserved. Let's face it, the man can sing. And more than just having a voice (after all, studio voices are a dime a dozen), he writes powerful songs, and performs like the stage is his personal ticket to heaven.

While "Sweet Dreams" contains an updated version of his first hit, the album centers on Mighty Sam's own songs of faith. Opening and closing with two very different but equally powerful versions of "Here I Come Again", Mighty Sam let's us know that he is here, indeed that we are all here to find a path back to the God who placed us here. On his previous albums he left some doubt as to whether the love songs were earthly or heavenly, not here, the 11 songs in between are, with but an exception or two, about this same faith. From the slow, stately country soul of "Learn How To Love You Again", to the stomp of "I Love Hard", Sam sings with such devotion that the connection to heaven is clear. Even more, on his stupendous remake of "Respect Yourself", the message is hammered home. Mighty Sam is still standing because of his faith in G-d, and he wants each of us to know and share that.

While I can't speak for their spiritual viewpoint, from a musical perspective, the band certainly shares this feeling. The Mighty Horns play with precision and power that even Gabriel's own horn section would envy. And Bruce Katz plays the B-3 like no man can, rolling, rumbling and anchoring each song with the very harmony of the earth itself. Even more, producer Joe Harley obviously felt the spirit as it would be a sin to fault the recording in any way. Dynamic, powerful, full-frequency, harmonically rich and detailed, it captures the essence of music as well as I've heard from CD.

Sure, Mighty Sam's last three or four albums have been superb, so it may sound a bit like a rubber stamp to say this one is as well. But it is. Even more, I believe it reflects more of the man himself as he sings from and about his very soul. Mandatory listening then, even for an agnostic such as myself.


Enjoyment: 94

Sound: 98












































Quick Links

Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews



Show Reports
HIGH END Munich 2024
AXPONA 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
...More Show Reports


Our Featured Videos


Industry & Music News

High-Performance Audio & Music News


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics





Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.