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SAM (Get Down!) *

  • 1. Sam (Get Down)
    2. LaFayette Special
    3. La la Waltz
    4. Hey! Mama
    5. Roll Me Baby
    6. Good Rockin' Sam's Boogie
    7. Going Down to Big Mary
    8. Sugar Cane Patch
    9. I'm a Hog For You
    10. LaFayette Zydeco
    11. Country Boy
    12. S.B.5
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9044

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz
    EngineerLucy Sherak

    Sam Brothers: Leon Sam (vocals, accordion); Carl Sam (guitar); Glen Sam (bass guitar); Rodney Sam (drums); Calvin Sam (rub-board).
    Additional personnel: Herbert Sam.
    From Louisiana, this African-American group ranged in age from 17 to 11 at the time of this 1979 recording, with father Herbert Sam adding vocal and accordion on a couple of tracks. The cover of this album gets your hopes up for some kind of cool hybrid between zydeco and soul, as visually this five-brother band does indeed resemble the Jackson 5 gone zydeco. However, the touches of funk and soul are fairly mild on what's for the most part a competent, straightforward, yet unremarkable zydeco set. Leon Sam seems to be the group's figurehead, singing in a husky voice that could belong to a man quite a few years his senior and writing most of the material, though Herbert Sam wrote the tracks on which he appeared, and there are also a couple of Clifton Chenier covers. There are touches of blues and soul, but these are only touches to a good-time, commonplace assortment of zydeco tunes. With one exception, that is -- the opener, "SAM (Get Down)," is very much '70s dance soul-funk with some similarity to Chic's "Le Freak," indicating that perhaps the brothers varied their sound and repertoire according to the circumstances in which they were performing. ~ Richie Unterberger

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