Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sam The Sham & The Pharaons - Their Second Album (1965)


This is the second album Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs have made for MGM Records. The set includes their hit Ju Ju Hand-and the whole idea behind the LP is one of mystery and magic with a beat.

Without "Wooly Bully" to give it some wind at its back, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs' second album was a far lower seller than their debut LP. Even the one hit single it contained, "Ju Ju Hand," was itself close to a "Wooly Bully" rewrite, thus paling alongside the more famous smash. But while a little Sam the Sham goes a long way, the unimaginatively titled Their Second Album isn't bad more-of-the-same choppy, bluesy Tex-Mex rock, if pretty redundant when heard all at once. Sam gets a lot of mileage out of references to voodoo or magic of sorts throughout the LP, from "Ju Ju Hand" to "Medicine Man," "I've Got a Voo Doo Doll," "That Old Black Magic," "The Gypsy," "Witchcraft," "Love Potion #9," "Magic Man"...actually, most of the album has songs along those themes. But it's pretty benign voodoo or black magic, Sam sounding at times sort of like a jolly uncle to Dr. John, who took some of the same lyrical themes and musical influences to far swampier, scarier, and more authentic-sounding territory.

1. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Ju Ju Hand (2:15)
2. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Magic Touch (3:00)
3. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Hoochie Coochie Man (2:45)
4. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - 'cause I Love You (2:02)
5. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Medicine Man (2:19)
6. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - That Old Black Magic (1:47)
7. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - I've Got A Voo Doo Doll (2:35)
8. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Got My Mojo Working (3:12)
9. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - The Gypsy (2:12)
10. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Witchcraft (2:32)
11. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Love Potion #9 (2:12)
12. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Magic Man (2:03)


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