Deluxe Edition (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

Artist: Koko Taylor

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Label Ryko Distribution
SKU 60513195
UPC 014551561026
UPC 14 00014551561026
Format CD
Release Date 1/22/2002
Author Koko Taylor
Compilation Appearance Alligator Records-20th Anniver
Compilation Appearance Alligator Records-20th Anniver
Compilation Appearance Chess Blues
Compilation Appearance Chess Box
Compilation Appearance Blues Summit
Compilation Appearance Alligator Records 25th Anniver
Compilation Appearance Chess Blues Classics 1957-67
Compilation Appearance Best Blues Album In The World.
Compilation Appearance Pure Blues
Compilation Appearance Alligator Records 30th Anniver
Compilation Appearance Crucial Live Blues
Compilation Appearance Gold:blues
Compilation Appearance Crucial Acoustic Blues
Compilation Appearance Stand The Test Of Time
Compilation Appearance Stand The Test Of Time
Compilation Appearance Alligator Records 40Th Anniversary Co
Compilation Appearance Smooth Soul
Compilation Appearance Big City Blues
Artist Influence B.B. King
Artist Influence Bessie Smith
Artist Influence Big Mama Thornton
Artist Influence Elmore James
Artist Influence Howlin' Wolf
Artist Influence Ma Rainey
Artist Influence Magic Sam
Artist Influence Mahalia Jackson
Artist Influence Mamie Smith
Artist Influence Memphis Minnie
Artist Influence Muddy Waters
Artist Influence Robert Nighthawk
Artist Influence Sippie Wallace
Artist Influence Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Influence Willie Dixon
Artist Contemporary Albert Collins
Artist Contemporary Big Maybelle
Artist Contemporary Big Time Sarah
Artist Contemporary Buddy Guy
Artist Contemporary Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Artist Contemporary Etta James
Artist Contemporary Hound Dog Taylor
Artist Contemporary Irma Thomas
Artist Contemporary James Cotton (Harmonica)
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Rogers (Blues)
Artist Contemporary Johnny Copeland
Artist Contemporary Junior Wells
Artist Contemporary Katie Webster
Artist Contemporary Little Milton
Artist Contemporary Marlena Shaw
Artist Contemporary R.L. Burnside
Artist Contemporary Ruth Copeland
Artist Contemporary Shemekia Copeland
Artist Contemporary Son Seals
Artist Contemporary Valerie Wellington
Artist Follower Angela Strehli
Artist Follower Beth Hart
Artist Follower Bonnie Raitt
Artist Follower Do¤a Oxford
Artist Follower E.G. Kight
Artist Follower Francine Reed
Artist Follower Janis Joplin
Artist Follower Janiva Magness
Artist Follower Joan Osborne
Artist Follower Keri Leigh
Artist Follower Lou Ann Barton
Artist Follower Marcia Ball
Artist Follower Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women
Artist Follower Shemekia Copeland
Artist Follower Susan Tedeschi
Technical Info
CatalogID ALCD 5610
Lable Name Alligator Records
Released 01/22/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 1s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00014551561026
Musical Guests
Pinetop Perkins
Buddy Guy
Carey Bell
Mark Colby
B.B. King
Mighty Joe Young
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Koko Taylor (vocals); B.B. King, Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Mighty Joe Young (guitar); Carey Bell (harmonica); Willie Henderson, Henri Ford, Mark Colby (saxophone); Larry Bowen (trumpet); Steve Berry (trombone); Pinetop Perkins (piano); "Professor" Eddie Lusk (organ); Kenny Hampton (bass); Brady Williams, Vince Chappelle (drums).
Producers include: Koko Taylor, Joe Young, Bruce Iglauer, Richard McLeese, Criss Johnson.
Compilation producers: Bob DePugh, Bruce Iglauer, David Forte.
Engineers include: Stu Black, Freedie Breitberg, Justin Niebank.
Recorded between 1975 and 1999. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Koko Taylor (vocals); B.B. King, Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Eddie King , Criss Johnson, Calvin Louden, Michael Robinson , Johnny B. Moore, Mighty Joe Young, Sammy Lawhorn (guitar); Mervyn "Harmonica" Hinds, Carey Bell (harmonica); Jerry DiMuzio (alto saxophone); Abb Locke (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Gene Barge, Henri Ford, Mark Colby (tenor saxophone); Willie Henderson (baritone saxophone); Larry Bowen, Elmer Brown (trumpet); Edwin Williams, Steve Berry (trombone); Eddie Lusk, Jeremiah Africa, Bill Heid (piano, organ); Ken Saydak, Pinetop Perkins (piano); Jim Dortch (organ); Brady Williams, Clyde "Youngblood" Tyler, Jr., Vince Chappelle, Ray Allison, Kriss T. Johnson Jr. (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Axelbaum; Fred Breitberg; Alan Hendler; Justin Niebank.
Audio Remasterers: Brian Jensen; Bruce Iglauer.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Iglauer.
Recording information: Chicago Trax, Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL (1987); Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, IL (1987); NRG Recording, N. Hollywood, CA (1987).
Photographer: Doug Fulton.
Arranger: Criss Johnson.
Neatly boiling down Koko Taylor's quarter-century with the blues-specialist label Alligator Records into one unbeatable compilation, DELUXE EDITION is a perfect introduction to Taylor's immense charms. Kicking off with "I'm a Woman," a no-nonsense response to Muddy Waters's "I'm a Man," the 15-track compilation skims the cream from nine already good-to-great albums and adds one excellent new track, the sassy in-praise-of-younger-men testimonial "Man Size Job." The selection skews heavily to duets and other collaborations, such as a rollicking version of the Willie Dixon standard "Hey Bartender" with Pinetop Perkins contributing his familiar barrelhouse piano licks, and a soulful duet with B.B. King on "Blues Hotel." Although Taylor remains better known for her '60s sides on Chess Records (the version of "Wang Dang Doodle" here is no match for her '65 original, one of the great blues records of that decade), DELUXE EDITION is the best single-disc introduction to her music.
Artist Overview
Koko Taylor came in on the tail end of Chess Records' heyday, but she managed to score the legendary blues label one of its last big hits with her 1966 version of the Willie Dixon-penned "Wang Dang Doodle." Taylor's raw, gritty, soulful vocal style was tailor-made for electrified urban blues, and even after departing Chess for Alligator in the '70s she maintained a large audience. Taylor continued recording and performing extensively into the 21st century, her 2000 release ROYAL BLUE receiving a Grammy Nomination for best blues album.
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (5-6/02, pp.63-4) - "...Serves as handy primers that surveys the artist's recorded output for the label..."
Disc 1
1 I'm A Woman
2 Beer Bottle Boogie
3 Born Under A Bad Sign - (with Buddy Guy)
4 Mother Nature - (with Carey Bell)
5 Hey Bartender - (with Pinetop Perkins)
6 I'd Rather Go Blind
7 Man Size Job - (previously unreleased)
8 Let The Good Times Roll - (live)
9 Voodoo Woman - (with Mighty Joe Young)
10 Wang Dang Doodle
11 Stop Watching Your Enemies
12 Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night
13 Come To Mama
14 Time Will Tell
15 Blues Hotel - (with B.B. King)

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