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Satan and Adam | Throw Down! (Live)

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Throw Down! (Live)

by Satan and Adam

Raw, clattering, high-octane blues, live and in concert, from a legendary New York street duo.
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunshine in the Shade / Will It Go Round in Circles (Live)
12:28 $0.99
2. Groovy People (Live)
5:35 $0.99
3. Cry to Me (Live)
8:15 $0.99
4. Mr. Cantrell (Live)
6:12 $0.99
5. Seventh Avenue (Oh She Was Pretty) [Live]
7:11 $0.99
6. Sanctified Blues (Live)
6:46 $0.99
7. Fever (Live)
3:26 $0.99
8. I've Got a Woman (Live)
8:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the liner notes:

“Throw down!” is one of the first things the men of Harlem shouted at me when I began playing harmonica with Mr. Satan on 125th Street in the fall of 1986. I had no idea what it meant—no specific idea. But I quickly got the gist. They wanted me to play hard, from deep. They wanted to feel me. And I obliged. “Hell yeah!” they’d yell, after I barked and wailed. “Make it talk! Go, white boy!”

They hollered, I played. Call and response. After a few weeks, I’d earned my place with the guitar man.

It wasn’t until much, much later, preparing a lecture for my blues literature class at the University of Mississippi, that I suddenly realized where that long-ago phrase originated: card playing. The subcultural lingo of the juke joints.

Throw down your cards. Which is to say: Show me whatcha got, baby! Time to spread ‘em out on the table.

That’s what Sterling Magee and I have done here. Although we’ve been playing together for almost 30 years and have put out five CDs during that period, this is, amazingly, our first live album—unless you count Word on the Street (2008), assembled from boom-box cassette recordings circa 1989. I was still an apprentice at that point in our busking partnership: coming into my own sound, doing my best to keep up with an impossibly soulful, fleet-fingered master. Five years later, when these recordings were bootlegged at an outdoor concert in suburban Philadelphia, Sterling’s powers were undiminished but I was matching him stride for stride after several hundred club and festival gigs. We were Satan and Adam, the Harlem blues duo. (Harlem Blues was our first studio release in 1991; Mother Mojo followed two years later.)

Throw Down! gives you a good sense of what our live show was like back then. We liked to sweat; nobody who didn’t would make this sort of music. Ours is a careening, clangy, insanely hard-swinging blues style. None of what we play here was rehearsed or, God forbid, arranged. We forged our improvisational bond by playing these songs again and again in all sorts of weathers and venues; versioning them freshly as the spirit dictated; and joying in our roller-coaster freedom, letting the occasional flubbed note fall by the wayside. A groove and a sound hold everything together.



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