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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Montoya's first solo disc for Alligator finds the former Albert Collins sideman following in the doorsteps of his "godfather" with an album simply top-heavy with fiery guitar work and comfortable vocals. The production from Jim Gaines is as fat as any modern-day blues record has a right to be, and Montoya does not disappoint at any moment along the ride. He tips his hat to his old employer on Collins' "Get Your Business Straight," but the stronger tunes here come from Coco's own pen, like the closing "Nothing But Love." A strong and solid effort that also sounds great in the car when you're driving a little faster than the speed limit allows....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Montoya's first solo disc for Alligator finds the former Albert Collins sideman following in the doorsteps of his "godfather" with an album simply top-heavy with fiery guitar work and comfortable vocals. The production from Jim Gaines is as fat as any modern-day blues record has a right to be, and Montoya does not disappoint at any moment along the ride. He tips his hat to his old employer on Collins' "Get Your Business Straight," but the stronger tunes here come from Coco's own pen, like the closing "Nothing But Love." A strong and solid effort that also sounds great in the car when you're driving a little faster than the speed limit allows.
Southwest Blues - Roberta Penn
At Albert Collins's wake, guitarist Coco Montoya delivered a version of Collins's "Dyin' Flu" that brought family members and friends to tears. It had such passion and pathos that although Montoya had spent a decade with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, there was no question that his real mentor was the Master of the Telecaster, with whom he had toured before joining the Mayall band. Several CDs later, and nearly a decade since Collins' passing, Montoya still carries his teacher's spirit on SUSPICION. Though there is only one Collins' tune, "Get Your Business Straight," the icy single-note lines of "Enough Is Enough" and the controlled vibrato on "Trading One Fool for Another" are straight out of the Collins textbook. But Montoya's 1960s roots show in the rocked-up Rolling Stones feel to "I Need Your Love in My Life, the radio-friendly appeal of "Fool," and the funky, horn-driven sound of "What I Know Now." The contemporary production values give the set convincing pop sheen seldom heard on recent blues releases, lending Montoya's vocals a previously unheard authority.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551487128
  • Catalog Number: 514871
  • Sales rank: 112,725

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coco Montoya Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Braunagel Snare Drums
Tommy Eyre Keyboards
Chuck Kirkpatrick Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass
Randy Hayes Snare Drums
Steve Howard Trumpet
Willie Ornelas Snare Drums
Jon Smith Tenor Saxophone
Dave Steen Guitar
Benny Yee Keyboards
Armando Campean Bass
Boyd Lafan Bass
Joey Pafume Snare Drums
Robbin Baritone Saxophone
Stephen Scott Kirkpatrick Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Shawn Berman Engineer
Jim Gaines Producer
Bruce Iglauer Mastering
Jason Latshaw Engineer
Alan Mirikitani Engineer
Jeff Hillman Mastering
Johnson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Same old boring stuff.

    I listened to this CD once and donated it to my local library the very next day. I didn't like it at all. It contains un-imaginative songs with average vocals and average guitar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His Best Yet

    Coco Montoya's awe-inspiring guitar work is the running thread through this excellent, focused first effort for Alligator. Coco has always liked to mix it up stylistically, and this CD runs the gamut from Memphis soul - slow AND uptempo - to straight-up electric blues, to turn-it-up rockers. It takes a strong musical personality to pull all this together & make it seem logical, and Coco pulls it off effortlessly. Not a dead spot anywhere....confident vocals, great production, and heavy doses of that incredible guitar work. What else can you give it but 5 stars?!

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