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.

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Label Alligator Records
SKU 202316358
UPC 014551202127
UPC 14 00014551202127
Format CD
Release Date 4/4/2006
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Author Various
Credits
Featuring Albert Collins
Featuring Buddy Guy
Featuring Fenton Robinson
Featuring James Cotton
Featuring Johnny Winter
Featuring Koko Taylor
Featuring Lonnie Brooks
Featuring Walter Horton

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