Old School

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Old School is Koko Taylor's first new album in seven years, and after a series of health issues that sidelined her for a while, it could be viewed as a comeback of sorts, but if so, there aren't any signs of rust here. She still belts out her trademark Chicago blues like she always has, sidestepping any 21st century recording tricks for a straightforward set that wouldn't sound out of place next to her classic Chess sides from the early '60s. It's also encouraging that she wrote nearly half the tunes here, while turning in solid covers of a pair of Willie Dixon songs "Don't Go No Further" and "Young Fashioned Ways", one by Magic Sam "All Your Love" and a scorching ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Old School is Koko Taylor's first new album in seven years, and after a series of health issues that sidelined her for a while, it could be viewed as a comeback of sorts, but if so, there aren't any signs of rust here. She still belts out her trademark Chicago blues like she always has, sidestepping any 21st century recording tricks for a straightforward set that wouldn't sound out of place next to her classic Chess sides from the early '60s. It's also encouraging that she wrote nearly half the tunes here, while turning in solid covers of a pair of Willie Dixon songs "Don't Go No Further" and "Young Fashioned Ways", one by Magic Sam "All Your Love" and a scorching performance of Lizzie Lawler's classic "Black Rat" that rivals Big Mama Thornton's version. A rendition of "Bad Rooster" is also top notch. Of the originals, the lead track, "Piece of Man," is the most impressive, setting the tone and feel for an album that clearly celebrates Taylor's unshakable Chicago blues roots. Old School isn't sleek, pretty, posed or polished, but is instead raw, ragged and as real as a biting winter wind off of Lake Michigan. Call it a comeback if you want, but this is the territory that Koko Taylor has lived in for nearly fifty years. She owns this stuff. Call it a continuance. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Traditional Blues Album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551491521
  • Catalog Number: 4915
  • Sales rank: 57,193

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Koko Taylor Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Branch Harmonica
Stanley Banks Piano
Kenny Hampton Electric Bass
Criss Johnson Guitar, Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Smith Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Koko Taylor Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Sam Fishkin Engineer
Richard Fleming Composer
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Mastering
Criss Johnson Producer
Michael Levine Engineer
Magic Sam Composer
Dan Stout Mastering
Rick Barnes Engineer
Michael Trossman Logo
E.G. Kight Composer
Matthew Wheeler Engineer
Misty Winter Assistant Photographer
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