The Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
In the two-CD set Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection, C. J. Chenier opens a live version of “Jambalaya” by asking the audience, “Can an Alligator sing the blues?” Had he been talking about the Chicago-based independent label, the crowd would have responded with a resounding yes. The proof is in the 13 live cuts from label veterans that fill the second disc in the set. Two of the label’s most acclaimed and adored artists contribute versions of signature tunes: Albert Collins’s guitar on the gut-wrenching “Dyin’ Flu” gasps in spurts, then howls with the chill of death on the solo, while Luther Allison’s “Soul Fixin’ Man” is fired up like a down-home family ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
In the two-CD set Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection, C. J. Chenier opens a live version of “Jambalaya” by asking the audience, “Can an Alligator sing the blues?” Had he been talking about the Chicago-based independent label, the crowd would have responded with a resounding yes. The proof is in the 13 live cuts from label veterans that fill the second disc in the set. Two of the label’s most acclaimed and adored artists contribute versions of signature tunes: Albert Collins’s guitar on the gut-wrenching “Dyin’ Flu” gasps in spurts, then howls with the chill of death on the solo, while Luther Allison’s “Soul Fixin’ Man” is fired up like a down-home family reunion. Louisiana-Chicago transplant Lonnie Brooks shouts about a “Two Headed Man” with his tongue in his cheek; harp master James Cotton bemoans his bad luck with the up-tempo “When It Rains It Pours”; and vocalist Delbert McClinton goes deep into Texas country-soul with “Maybe Someday Baby.” As a special tribute to the artist who gave founder and president Bruce Iglauer a reason to start the label, there’s a wonderful CD-ROM video track -- supposedly the only clip in existence -- of Hound Dog Taylor performing “Taylor’s Rock” at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. The second disc here illustrates how far the label has moved from basic blues over the past three decades. Taken from recordings already issued, there are tunes by bayou piano pounder Marcia Ball, West Coast guitarists Rusty Zinn and Coco Montoya, Australian guitarist Dave Hole, Texas guitarist Johnny Winter, and the Piedmont acoustic blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. From Shamekia Copeland’s wide-open belting on “Turn the Heat Up” to the social commentary of Corey Harris’s “Basehead” and Koko Taylor’s growly cover of Melissa Etheridge’s “Bring Me Some Water,” this set shows that Alligator Records has captured the breadth of contemporary blues like no other label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551121329
  • Catalog Number: 511213
  • Sales rank: 15,034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turn the Heat Up (5:05)
  2. 2 Got a Way With Women (4:26)
  3. 3 Louella - Marcia Ball (4:27)
  4. 4 Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets - Junior Wells (5:15)
  5. 5 Enough Is Enough (3:46)
  6. 6 She's into Something - Albert Collins (3:50)
  7. 7 If You Let a Man Kick You Once (4:15)
  8. 8 Broke and Hungry - William Clarke (3:07)
  9. 9 Bring Me Some Water (5:21)
  10. 10 Hard Working Woman - Carey Bell (4:38)
  11. 11 The Chill (5:01)
  12. 12 Basehead (3:54)
  13. 13 Time Is Running Out (3:59)
  14. 14 Mamie - Phil Wiggins (4:27)
  15. 15 Homeless Child (3:47)
  16. 16 Jenny Lee (4:24)
  17. 17 My Time After Awhile - Johnny Winter (5:15)
  18. 18 Boogie Rambler - Phillip Walker (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Two Headed Man - Lonnie Brooks (5:51)
  2. 2 Soul Fixin' Man (4:08)
  3. 3 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (3:59)
  4. 4 Dyin' Flu - Icebreakers (10:34)
  5. 5 When It Rains It Pours - James Cotton (3:54)
  6. 6 Slow Down - Elvin Bishop (4:52)
  7. 7 You Can Have My Husband - Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women (4:39)
  8. 8 I'll Take You Back - Little Charlie & the Nightcats (7:58)
  9. 9 Maybe Someday Baby (3:43)
  10. 10 Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits - LiL' Ed (2:38)
  11. 11 Sadie - Elvin Bishop (5:59)
  12. 12 Stop (9:27)
  13. 13 It's Alright - Hound Dog Taylor (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Allison Track Performer
Marcia Ball Track Performer
Lonnie Brooks Track Performer
Robert Cray Track Performer
The Holmes Brothers Track Performer
Kinsey Report Track Performer
Lonnie Mack Track Performer
Delbert McClinton Track Performer
Koko Taylor Track Performer
Elvin Bishop Track Performer
Johnny Winter Track Performer
Icebreakers Track Performer
Dave Hole Track Performer
Red Hot Louisiana Band Track Performer
Carey Bell Track Performer
Little Charlie & the Nightcats Track Performer
C.J. Chenier Track Performer
Coco Montoya Track Performer
Phillip Walker Track Performer
Rusty Zinn Track Performer
Corey Harris Track Performer
Shemekia Copeland Track Performer
LiL' Ed Track Performer
Michael Burks Track Performer
The Houserockers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
John Hahn Producer
David Axelbaum Engineer
Stu Black Engineer
Doyle Bramhall Producer
Tony Daigle Engineer
Ed Eastridge Engineer
Ronnie Freeland Engineer
Jim Gaines Producer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
Jerry Hall Engineer
Ben Harper Composer
David Hough Engineer
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Mastering
Criss Johnson Producer
Billy Myers Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Jay Newland Engineer
Glenn Nishida Engineer
Jay Shilliday Engineer
Dick Shurman Producer
Bob Skye Engineer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
Jared Tuten Engineer
Hank Williams Composer
Carl Wright Composer
Joan Osborne Producer
Jimmy Vivino Producer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Terry Martin Engineer
Brian Jensen Mastering
Bob DePugh Producer
Jason Latshaw Engineer
James Hewgill Engineer
Marc Lipkin Liner Notes
Ricardo Whittington Engineer
Alan Mirikitani Engineer
Danny Shaffer Engineer
Joe "Flip" Wilson Producer
Timothy Powell Engineer
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