Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection

Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection

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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… See more details below


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.

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Disc 1

  1. I’m a Woman  - Koko Taylor
  2. I Ain’t Drunk  - Albert Collins
  3. Strange Feeling  - Michael Burks
  4. Backup Plan  - Tommy Castro
  5. Icicles In My Meatloaf  -  Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
  6. We the People  - Guitar Shorty
  7. U B U  -  Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
  8. The Party’s Still Going On  - Marcia Ball
  9. That’s a Pretty Good Love  -  Roomful of Blues
  10. Have Blues, Will Travel  - Bnois King
  11. Going Home (Where Women Got Meat On Their Bones)  - Son Seals
  12. Give Me My Coat and Shoes  - Junior Wells
  13. Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love  - Janiva Magness
  14. Mojo Boogie  - Johnny Winter
  15. Last Dirty Deal  - Coco Montoya
  16. Fish Ain’t Bitin’  - Corey Harris
  17. All the King’s Horses  - Luther Allison
  18. Echoes of My Sins  - Anders Osborne
  19. Double Whammy  - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Disc 2

  1. T-Bone Shuffle  - Johnny Copeland
  2. Don’t Take Advantage of Me  - Lonnie Brooks
  3. A Good Leavin’ Alone  - Eddy Clearwater
  4. Sitting At Home Alone  -  Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers
  5. Roll Your Moneymaker  - Little Smokey Smothers
  6. With the Quickness  - James Cotton
  7. It’s My Own Tears  - Shemekia Copeland
  8. Red Beans  - Professor Longhair
  9. Where Hwy 61 Runs  - Charlie Musselwhite
  10. You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover  - Roy Buchanan
  11. Step Into the Light  - Mavis Staples
  12. Speak No Evil  - Tinsley Ellis
  13. It’s a Drag  - Eric Lindell
  14. Going Down To the River  -  Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women
  15. Feed My Soul  -  Holmes Brothers
  16. Two-Fisted Mama  - Katie Webster
  17. Daddy Pinocchio  - William Clarke
  18. When the Levee Breaks  - Buckwheat Zydeco
  19. The Sun Is Shining Down  -  JJ Grey & Mofro

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Lonnie Brooks   Producer
James Cotton   Producer
Tinsley Ellis   Producer
Smokin' Joe Kubek   Producer
Lonnie Mack   Producer
Charlie Musselwhite   Composer
Johnny Otis   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration
Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women   Producer
Son Seals   Producer
Katie Webster   Producer
Elvin Bishop   Producer
Roy Buchanan   Producer
Paul Barrére   Producer
Bonnie Hayes   Engineer,Mastering
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration
Mark Bingham   Engineer,Mastering
John Hahn   Producer
David Axelbaum   Engineer,Mastering
Blaise Barton   Engineer,Mastering
Steve Berlin   Producer
Stu Black   Engineer,Mastering
Jim DeVito   Engineer,Mastering
Rick Estrin   Producer
David Farrell   Engineer,Mastering
Sam Fishkin   Engineer,Mastering
Jim Gaines   Producer
Larry Goetz   Engineer,Mastering
John Hampton   Engineer,Mastering
Ice Cube Slim   Producer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer,Liner Notes
Vasti Jackson   Producer
Allison Kaslow   Producer
Andy Kaslow   Producer
Gene Lawson   Engineer,Mastering
Richard McLeese   Producer
Lillian Shedd McMurry   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration
Dave McNair   Mastering
Rodney Mills   Mastering
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Richard Mullen   Engineer,Mastering
Justin Niebank   Engineer,Mastering
Jay Newland   Engineer,Mastering
Glenn Nishida   Engineer,Mastering
Derek O'Brien   Producer
Wesley Race   Producer
Warren Riker   Engineer,Mastering
Jay Shilliday   Engineer,Mastering
Dick Shurman   Producer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Bob Skye   Engineer,Mastering
Mavis Staples   Producer
Chris Strachwitz   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer,Mastering
Didier Tricard   Producer
Jim Tullio   Producer,Engineer,Mastering
Chris Vachon   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer,Mastering
Joan Osborne   Producer
Jimmy Vivino   Producer
Bob Koester   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration
Corey Harris   Producer
Anders Osborne   Producer
Ronnie Baker Brooks   Producer
Jeff Covert   Engineer,Mastering
Ricky Barnes   Engineer,Mastering
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Pepper Keenan   Producer
Brian Jensen   Mastering
Dan Prothero   Producer,Engineer,Mastering
Dan Stout   Mastering
Ari Rios   Engineer,Mastering
Sterling Winfield   Engineer,Mastering
Dag Haeggqvist   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration
Michael Trossman   Logo
Janiva Magness   Producer
Stanton Moore   Producer
Neil Citron   Engineer,Mastering
Dave Darling   Producer
Ben Mumphrey   Engineer,Mastering
Chris Goldsmith   Composer,Producer
Jeff Hillman   Mastering
Roman Klun   Engineer,Mastering
Brian Brinkerhoff   Producer
Scott Brenton   Engineer,Mastering
Wyzard   Producer
Kid Andersen   Producer,Engineer,Mastering
Roger Cole   Engineer,Mastering
Drew Vonderhaar   Engineer,Mastering
Eric Lindell   Producer
Collin Jordan   Mastering
Clearwater   Composer
Musselwhite   Composer
Ryan Lipman   Engineer,Mastering
Mendelsohn   Composer
Crutcher   Composer
Jackie Hairston   Producer
Stevie Mendell   Engineer,Mastering
liggins   Composer
Richard Whittington   Engineer,Mastering
McDaniel   Composer
Freddy Breitberg   Engineer,Mastering
Solberg   Composer
Mike Iacopelli   Engineer,Mastering
Sam Siefiert   Engineer,Mastering
Jim Haines   Engineer,Mastering
Jerry Hoyson   Engineer,Mastering
Tony Terrebone   Engineer,Mastering
Seymour Grenspan   Teacher/Educator,Inspiration

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