Alligator Records 35X35 (Bonus Tracks) CD (2006)

Artist: Various

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It's hard to believe that it's been 35 years since Hound Dog Taylor & TheHouseRockers came downtown to Chicago's Sound Studios to cut that very first Alligator album. There was no thought that this would be the beginning of what has become the most successful contemporary blues label in the world. My only goal was to record my favorite band, exactly as I had heard them in the South Side blues joints. I hoped to capture not just their music, but also some of their soul and spirit. That's been the mission of Alligator all along - to record blues and roots artists who need to be heard, and to make records that reflect those artists at their best.

To tell the story of the label in 35 songs, we chose to focus on the Alligator debut recordings of some of our most exciting, important and enduring artists. A few of these artists had never recorded before coming to Alligator. Others came to the label to revitalize their careers, or to make their most personal recordings.

It was a tough job deciding which artists to include, because we knew we'd have to leave out so many. In 35 years, we've released over 2800 songs. We decided to focus on full album, single artist debuts, so our Living Chicago Blues series isn't represented here. Nor are our all-star summit meetings, Showdown!, Harp Attack! and Lone Star Shootout. Nor are many other very worthy recordings. And there are some years that are not represented, because our releases in those years were all by artists who had previous Alligator albums.

My thanks go to all the wonderful artists who have chosen to record for Alligator over the years. We've been truly blessed. I also want to thank the team who helped choose the songs - Bob DePugh, Tim Kolleth, Marc Lipkin and Kerry Peace - and to every member of the Alligator staff, past and present, whose efforts went into the success of the label.

Choosing these songs brought back a whole host of personal memories. I've tried to share some of them with you here.

Specifications

Label Alligator Records
SKU 202316358
UPC 014551202127
UPC 14 00014551202127
Format CD
Release Date 4/4/2006
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Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID 2021
Lable Name Alligator Records
Released 04/04/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00014551202127
Album Notes and Credits
After 35 years and the release of over 2800 contemporary blues tracks, it's safe to say that Bruce Iglauer's Alligator Records is the world's premier blues label, particularly if sheer numbers are factored in, and while the label's releases tend to sound mind-numbingly similar sometimes, this two-disc overview of Alligator's history shows how much raw vitality the blues still has in its tank. Alligator Records 35X35, arranged chronologically and featuring a selection drawn from each of the artist's debut albums with Alligator, gets rolling right where it all began, with Hound Dog Taylor's "She's Gone" from 1971, and marches through to 2004, closing the second disc with a stunning version of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (here called "A Dying Man's Plea") by the great Mavis Staples, who makes clear the deep affinity of gospel to the blues, or vice versa, since the two forms philosophically complete each other, the way Saturday marches straight into Sunday. In between these two tracks are a whole lot of barnburning moments, including the bayou blues of Lonnie Brooks on "Voodoo Daddy" from 1979, a selection from Professor Longhair's final session (1980's "In the Wee Wee Hours"), Lonnie Mack and Stevie Ray Vaughan trading guitar solos on "Satisfy Suzie" from 1985, and Roy Buchanan's jaw-dropping electric guitar intro to "When a Guitar Plays the Blues," also from 1985. There is variety here, too, with C.J. Chenier's zydeco blues romp "Bad Luck" from 1995, Corey Harris' acoustic slide guitar reenactment of Blind Willie Johnson's classic "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" (also from 1995) and the Holmes Brothers' wonderful blend of gospel, blues, and R&B on "Speaking in Tongues" from 2001. All of this adds up to a completely satisfying set, and makes a fitting testament to Alligator's decades-long devotion to the preservation of the modern blues form. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.86) - "[T]he 35 artist featured here represent the blues in all its stylings and hues....The music is terrific."
No Depression (pp.117-118) - "Just pure, honest music...delivered with the kind of passion that bespeaks a commitment ot artistic values over dollar signs."
Disc 1
1 She's Gone - Various Artists,Lord, I Wonder - Various Artists
2 Have a Good Time - Various Artists,Don't Lie to Me - Various Artists
3 Your Love Is Like a Cancer - Various Artists,Lollipop Mama - Various Artists
4 Texas Flood - Various Artists,Wild Women Don't Have the Blues - Various Artists
5 I Got What It Takes - Various Artists,River Hip Mama - Various Artists
6 Honey Hush - Various Artists,Short Fuse Blues - Various Artists
7 Voodoo Caddy - Various Artists,Lonesome Stranger - Various Artists
8 Wee Wee Hours, The - Various Artists,Bad Love - Various Artists
9 Are You Losing Your Mind? - Various Artists,Bad Luck - Various Artists
10 Don't Take Advantage of Me - Various Artists,Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning - Various Artists
11 High Compression - Various Artists,Shit in My Wounds - Various Artists
12 Satisfy Suzie - Various Artists,I Need Your Love in My Life - Various Artists
13 When a Guitar Plays the Blues - Various Artists,Mean Old Lady - Various Artists
14 Pride and Joy - Various Artists,Speaking in Tongues - Various Artists
15 She Winked Her Eye - Various Artists,Let the Tears Roll Down - Various Artists
16 Poor Tarzan - Various Artists,That's Right - Various Artists
17 Can't You Lie - Various Artists,Old School - Various Artists
18 Dying Man's Plea, A - Various Artists
Disc 2
1 She's Gone - Various Artists,Lord, I Wonder - Various Artists
2 Have a Good Time - Various Artists,Don't Lie to Me - Various Artists
3 Your Love Is Like a Cancer - Various Artists,Lollipop Mama - Various Artists
4 Texas Flood - Various Artists,Wild Women Don't Have the Blues - Various Artists
5 I Got What It Takes - Various Artists,River Hip Mama - Various Artists
6 Honey Hush - Various Artists,Short Fuse Blues - Various Artists
7 Voodoo Caddy - Various Artists,Lonesome Stranger - Various Artists
8 Wee Wee Hours, The - Various Artists,Bad Love - Various Artists
9 Are You Losing Your Mind? - Various Artists,Bad Luck - Various Artists
10 Don't Take Advantage of Me - Various Artists,Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning - Various Artists
11 High Compression - Various Artists,Shit in My Wounds - Various Artists
12 Satisfy Suzie - Various Artists,I Need Your Love in My Life - Various Artists
13 When a Guitar Plays the Blues - Various Artists,Mean Old Lady - Various Artists
14 Pride and Joy - Various Artists,Speaking in Tongues - Various Artists
15 She Winked Her Eye - Various Artists,Let the Tears Roll Down - Various Artists
16 Poor Tarzan - Various Artists,That's Right - Various Artists
17 Can't You Lie - Various Artists,Old School - Various Artists
18 Dying Man's Plea, A - Various Artists

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