Mighty Joe Young, Mighty Joe Young

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
One of West Side Chicago blues’ most enjoyable flirtations with funk.

Another perennial sideman, Young came into his own in the mid '70s with a pair of albums for Ovation that Blind Pig cherry-picked for this compilation. Young forged one of West Side Chicago blues'most enjoyable flirtations with funk. His powerful vocals hit nearly as hard as his Freddy King-influenced guitar on “Need a Friend,” his best original along with the good-natured “Take My Advice.” Meanwhile, his version of “As the Years Go Passing By” is downright spooky, while his remake of Bobby Rush's “Chicken Heads” is good ‘n'greasy.