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Betcha Didn't Know

by Mighty Sam McClain

Mighty Sam let's it all out! Soul, Blues, Funk, Jazz, even Hip-Hop with the Mighty Horns (tradional to the MSM sound) -- which drives the message home. You've heard the Soul/ Blues side-- NOW HEAR THIS and dance, dance, dance!
Genre: Urban/R&B: Neo-Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Can't Stop the Funk
3:37 $0.99
2. Lift Me Up
3:40 $0.99
3. Never Go Away
4:50 $0.99
4. Betcha Didn't Know
4:17 $0.99
5. Don't Doubt My Love
4:06 $0.99
6. What You Want Me To Do
4:20 $0.99
7. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
3:57 $0.99
8. Just Wanna Be
3:57 $0.99
9. My Love Will Never Die
3:31 $0.99
10. Free
4:48 $0.99
11. Funky Love
3:45 $0.99
12. Hold On To Your Dreams
3:58 $0.99
13. Be Ready
3:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Betcha Didn’t Know”
Mighty Music – 102

The jam-packed horn sound underlying Mighty Sam McClain’s soulful testifying has always distinguished his music from that of other soul-blues artists. That unique combination of sound and voice is still at the core of his music on Betcha Didn’t Know, even though it’s been six years since his last release. Surrounded by the punch of the Mighty Horns, co-producer Pat Herlehy’s divers guitar styles, and the keyboard work of Michael Sucher and Jim MacDougall, McClain delivers 13 originals that broadcast messages of love, acceptance, repentance, and honesty.
From the horn blast at the start of “Can’t Stop The Funk” McClain dances the song through a funky landscape of wah-wah guitars and Sly Stone keys. “Lift Me Up” follows, with McClain’s pleas for redemption backed by Caleb Bronz’s drums. Ballads “Just Wanna Be,” “My Love Will Never Die,” and “Hold On to Your Dream” affirm soul-to-soul love and self-respect. On the title cut, Herlehy’s jazzy Wes Montgomery octave guitar style flirts with McClain’s voice, while “What You Want Me To Do” melds a John Lee Hooker boogie to a horn-filled, Memphis-soul bridge.
On three tracks, McClain successfully ties his soul stylings to hip-hop/contemporary R&B accents. “Never Go Away” starts as a lush ballad with McClain on bent knee to his love, but by mid-song he’s added a rap by Jesse D. Lannoo, whose rhymes show that McClain’s message of home can beat with a youthful pulse. The same partnership works on “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” and “Free,” where Lannoo raps about society’s ills. The marriage of soul and hip-hop works because both singers cover the same topics- tears and pain, love and hope.
McClain’s deep spiritual commitment is evident in his from-the-heart delivery on the album’s final track, “Be Ready.” Backed by the Funky Divas of Gospel, he finishes with a stirring house-of-worship experience.

-Art Tipaldi

October/November 2009



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Elation = Disappointment
On first hearing this icon of the South had a new album out I was really eager to obtain a copy after all Iv got most of the mans previous tunes in my collection and after 45+ years of listening,collecting soul/blues music I just knew it would be superb. WELL for the most part it is, musically its totally supreme, real instruments and that voice, oh that voice BUT the two best tracks on the album are totally ruined by a pointless rapper who has nothing of interest to say and is so out of place on this otherwise great album that I cant understand why it would be allowed to happen. "Never go away" came on and I was thinking that this will go onto my playlist for Solar Radio, then the rapping started and killed the mood and ruined the track, I never got to the end of it as I hit the skip button. I wont labour the point, but this could really have been the album of the year so far, if anyone from the record label, the artist etc reads this please reconsider recutting those tracks and get rid of the rapper, Sam you dont need it mate.............................cheers