Down Beat - 9/01, p.663.5 stars out of 5
- "The soul bluesman's quest for emotional security and spiritual bliss continues to be a pleasure to monitor..."
Living Blues - 7-8/01, p.59
"...Once again places Sam atop the soul/blues mountain....Mighty Sam is the real deal and SWEET DREAMS delivers on every count..."
Personnel includes: Mighty Sam McClain (vocals); Kevin Belz (guitar); Chuck Langford (tenor saxophone); Joe Casano (trumpet); Roger Cagnon (trombone); Bruce Katz (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Barry Seelen (Hammond B-3 organ); Tim Ingles (bass); Jim Arnold (drums).
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York on December 17 & 18, 2000. Includes liner notes by Bill Wasserzieher.
Sweet Dreams is the second release for Telarc by modern soul singer Mighty Sam McClain. On these 13 tracks, McClain delivers a powerful mix of originals and covers similar to one of his greatest influences, Bobby "Blue" Bland. Recording at the legendary Bearsville Studio in Woodstock, NY, McClain utlized his regular band of Kevin Belz (guitar), Bruce Katz (piano), Barry Seelen (Hammond B-3), Tim Ingles (bass), and Jim Arnold (drums) along with the addition of the Mighty Horns on several cuts, giving the album an extra funky edge. ~ Al Campbell