Alligator Records 35X35

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551202127
  • Catalog Number: 512021
  • Sales rank: 37,699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's Gone (3:51)
  2. 2 Have a Good Time (3:48)
  3. 3 Your Love Is Like a Cancer (4:34)
  4. 4 Texas Flood (4:21)
  5. 5 I Got What It Takes (3:44)
  6. 6 Honey Hush (Talking Woman Blues) - Albert Collins (4:28)
  7. 7 Voodoo Daddy (4:43)
  8. 8 In the Wee Wee Hours - Professor Longhair (3:23)
  9. 9 Are You Losing Your Mind? (6:35)
  10. 10 Don't Take Advantage of Me (5:24)
  11. 11 High Compression - James Cotton (2:41)
  12. 12 Satisfy Suzie (4:32)
  13. 13 When a Guitar Plays the Blues (6:39)
  14. 14 Pride and Joy - Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials (3:43)
  15. 15 She Winked Her Eye - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (5:17)
  16. 16 Poor Tarzan - Little Charlie & the Nightcats (4:15)
  17. 17 Can't You Lie (3:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lord, I Wonder (4:03)
  2. 2 Can't Lie to Me (3:06)
  3. 3 Lollipop Mama - William Clarke (3:49)
  4. 4 Wild Women Don't Have the Blues - Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women (2:42)
  5. 5 River Hip Mama (4:09)
  6. 6 Short Fuse Blues (5:16)
  7. 7 Lonesome Stranger (4:04)
  8. 8 Bad Love (6:24)
  9. 9 Bad Luck (4:08)
  10. 10 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (2:55)
  11. 11 Salt in My Wounds (4:10)
  12. 12 I Need Your Love in My Life (4:04)
  13. 13 Mean Old Lady (4:26)
  14. 14 Spreaking in Tongues (4:06)
  15. 15 Let the Tears Roll Down - Marcia Ball (5:44)
  16. 16 That's Right! (2:26)
  17. 17 Old School - Guitar Shorty (4:00)
  18. 18 A Dying Man's Plea (3:49)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Marcia Ball Producer
Lonnie Brooks Producer
William Clarke Producer
James Cotton Producer
Larry Davis Composer
Lonnie Mack Producer
Fenton Robinson Producer
Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women Producer
Son Seals Producer
Hound Dog Taylor Producer
Koko Taylor Producer
Elvin Bishop Producer
Roy Buchanan Producer
Johnny Winter Producer
Dave Hole Producer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Composer
John Hahn Producer
David Axelbaum Engineer
Carey Bell Producer
Shawn Berman Engineer
Stu Black Engineer
Doyle Bramhall Producer
Fred Breitberg Engineer
C.J. Chenier Producer
Scott Dirks Producer
Sam Fishkin Engineer
Patrick Ford Producer
Jim Gaines Producer
Jesse Harms Producer, Engineer
Larry Hoffman Producer
Ice Cube Slim Producer
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
Bruce Kaphan Engineer
Allison Kaslow Producer
Andy Kaslow Producer
Ricky Keller Producer, Engineer
Gene Lawson Engineer
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials Producer
Niko Lyras Engineer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Richard McLeese Producer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Jay Newland Engineer
Glenn Nishida Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Engineer
Jeff Powell Engineer
Wesley Race Producer
Dominque Samarcq Engineer
Jay Shilliday Engineer
Dick Shurman Producer
Mavis Staples Producer
Didier Tricard Producer
Jim Tullio Producer, Engineer
Jared Tuten Engineer
Chris Vachon Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan Producer
John Villani Engineer
Joan Osborne Producer
Jimmy Vivino Producer
Alan Hendler Engineer
Steve Mendel Engineer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Jimmy Robinson Engineer
Dan Stout Mastering
Jason Latshaw Engineer
Fran├žois Porterie Engineer
Michael Trossman Logo
Joe Young Producer
Joseph Scott Composer
Michael Burks Producer
Brian Brinkerhoff Producer
Traditional Composer
Bill Thompson Engineer
Ian Schreier Engineer
Cotton Bend Composer
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