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Format: CD
Sku: 219416757
UPC: 014551252627
UPC 14: 00014551252627
Release Date: 2/22/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I'm a Woman - Koko Taylor ~ Various Artists
2. I Ain't Drunk - Albert Collins ~ Various Artists
3. Strange Feeling - Michael Burks ~ Various Artists
4. Backup Plan - Tommy Castro ~ Various Artists
5. Icicles In My Meatloaf - Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials ~ Various Artists
6. We the People - Guitar Shorty ~ Various Artists
7. U B U - Rick Estrin and the Nightcats ~ Various Artists
8. Party's Still Going On, The - Marcia Ball ~ Various Artists
9. That's a Pretty Good Love - Roomful of Blues ~ Various Artists
10. Have Blues, Will Travel - Smokin' Joe Kubek/Bnois King ~ Various Artists
11. Going Home (Where Women Got Meat On Their Bones) - Son Seals ~ Various Artists
12. Give Me My Coat and Shoes - Junior Wells/Buddy Guy ~ Various Artists
13. Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love - Janiva Magness ~ Various Artists
14. Mojo Boogie - Johnny Winter ~ Various Artists
15. Last Dirty Deal - Coco Montoya ~ Various Artists
16. Fish Ain't Bitin' - Corey Harris ~ Various Artists
17. All the King's Horses - Luther Allison ~ Various Artists
18. Echoes of My Sins - Anders Osborne ~ Various Artists
19. Double Whammy - Lonnie Mack/Stevie Ray Vaughan ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. T-Bone Shuffle - Johnny Copeland/Albert Collins/Robert Cray ~ Various Artists
2. Don't Take Advantage of Me - Lonnie Brooks ~ Various Artists
3. Good Leavin' Alone, A - Eddy Clearwater ~ Various Artists
4. Sitting at Home Alone - Hound Dog Taylor ~ Various Artists
5. Roll Your Moneymaker - Elvin Bishop/Little Smokey Smothers ~ Various Artists
6. With the Quickness - James Cotton ~ Various Artists
7. It's My Own Tears - Shemekia Copeland ~ Various Artists
8. Red Beans - Professor Longhair ~ Various Artists
9. Where Hwy 61 Runs - Charlie Musselwhite ~ Various Artists
10. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover - Delbert McClinton/Roy Buchanan ~ Various Artists
11. Step Into the Light - Mavis Staples ~ Various Artists
12. Speak No Evil - Tinsley Ellis ~ Various Artists
13. It's a Drag - Eric Lindell ~ Various Artists
14. Going Down To the River - Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women ~ Various Artists
15. Feed My Soul - The Holmes Brothers ~ Various Artists
16. Two-Fisted Mama - Katie Webster ~ Various Artists
17. Daddy Pinocchio - William Clarke ~ Various Artists
18. When the Levee Breaks - Buckwheat Zydeco ~ Various Artists
19. Sun is Shining Down, The - JJ Grey & Mofro ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Drew Vonderhaar; Ryan Lipman; Dan Prothero; David Axelbaum; David Farrell ; Freddy Breitberg; Gene Lawson; Ricky Barnes; Glenn Nishida; Roman Klun; Scott Brenton; Jay Newland; Jay Shilliday; Jeff Covert; Jim DeVito; Jim Tullio; John Hampton; Mike Iacopelli; Justin Niebank; Sam Siefiert; Jim Haines; Jerry Hoyson; Tony Terrebone; Kid Andersen; Larry Goetz; Mark Bingham; Neil Citron; Richard Mullen ; Richard Whittington; Ari Rios; Sam Fishkin; Shelly Yakus; Sterling Winfield; Stevie Mendell; Stu Black; Stuart Sullivan; Warren Riker; Ben Mumphrey; Roger Cole ; Blaise Barton; Bob Skye; Bonnie Hayes.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Bruce Iglauer.
Muze PNote Photographers: Dragan Tasic; Diane Allmen; Peter Amft; Tom Stio; Steve Kagan; Jef Jaisun; Clayton Call; Randi Anglin; Kent Lacin; Jeff Dunas; Stuart Brinin; Dan Monick; Mary Bruton; Paul Natkin; Ken Settle; Jerry Moran; James Bland; Stefan Falke; Frank Vigil; Michel Verlinden; Teresa Nelson; Flounoy Holmes; David Lucinker; Darren Jackinsky; Rebecca Sell.
Muze PNote Starting with its 20th anniversary in 1991, every five years brings another double Alligator collection, and 2011 was no exception. While the 35th edition --released in 2006 -- logically featured 35 songs, the compilers couldn't quite squeeze 40 onto this 40th anniversary disc, even though owner Bruce Iglauer does admit to fading a few endings off prematurely in order to maximize the list, which hits 38 selections. The trick with these albums is to both pay tribute to the label's storied past while including enough recent acts to connect the dots between the house-rocking music Iglauer built his company on, and the more modern yet still roots-based sounds he's released during the last five years. He does an excellent job here, mixing not just old and new, but male and female musicians who have recorded for Alligator over the decades. Of course, no Alligator historical collection is going to exclude Hound Dog Taylor, Iglauer's first signing who remains the raucous, soulful blues-rocking standard who helped forge the label's musical direction. Newer artists such as JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Lindell, Anders Osborne, and Janiva Magness share space with Johnny Winter, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, and lots more. A 30-page book includes obscure information and anecdotes about each, providing a first-hand look at what attracted Iglauer to the artists. Even with 35 acts, dozens are left out, and they are listed individually at the end of the extensive and often fascinating notes. There are some predominantly acoustic performances from Mavis Staples, Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, and Corey Harris, but the majority of the selections run to the high-energy, very plugged-in Chicago and Texas blues that Iglauer plainly loves. Between musicians such as Luther Allison, Roy Buchanan, Son Seals, and Koko Taylor, all of whom have created arguably their finest work while signed to Alligator (and that's saying plenty), there is an embarrassment of riches to choose from. While some of these names have also appeared on previous anniversary editions, no songs are repeated from those albums. Clearly, the intention of this and the previous sets is as loss leaders to sell more individual Alligator discs, but they play as perfectly enjoyable mash-ups of roots music, and a historical music lesson that anyone with an affinity for the genre will appreciate. ~ Hal Horowitz

Producer: Chris Vachon; Eric Lindell; Chris Goldsmith; Corey Harris; Dan Prothero; Dave Darling; Andy Kaslow; Derek O'Brien; Dick Shurman; Didier Tricard; Elvin Bishop; Wesley Race; Allison Kaslow; Ice Cube Slim; James Cotton; Janiva Magness; Jim Gaines; Jim Tullio

Engineer: Drew Vonderhaar; Ryan Lipman; Dan Prothero; David Axelbaum; David Farrell; Freddy Breitberg; Gene Lawson; Ricky Barnes; Glenn Nishida; Roman Klun; Scott Brenton; Jay Newland; Jay Shilliday; Jeff Covert; Jim DeVito; Jim Tullio; John Hampton; Mike Iacopelli

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/22/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 12526
Music Label Name Label : Alligator Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00014551252627

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.70)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he icons and belters on this two-CD party include guitar lords like Albert Collins, Son Seals and Luther Allison; vocal volcanoes Koko Taylor and the Holmes Brothers; and the modern-Delta stylist Corey Harris."

Living Blues (p.66)
- "Perhaps one of the Alligator's greatest triumphs, and undoubtedly one of its paramount voices, was the late Koko Taylor. The Queen of the Blues recorded with the label for 35 years..."

Billboard (p.40)
- "[A] sampler that touches on great moments and key acts....Sure to send listeners deeper into the individual artists' catalogs."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] healthy doses of blues-infused rockabilly, front porch soul, gospel, rock, ballads, New Orleans R&B, country and zydeco."

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