Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection

The Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection

     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Alligator Records
UPC:
0014551121329
catalogNumber:
511213
Rank:
48186

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Turn the Heat Up
  2. Got a Way With Women
  3. Louella
  4. Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets
  5. Enough Is Enough
  6. She's into Something
  7. If You Let a Man Kick You Once
  8. Broke and Hungry
  9. Bring Me Some Water
  10. Hard Working Woman
  11. The Chill
  12. Basehead
  13. Time Is Running Out
  14. Mamie
  15. Homeless Child
  16. Jenny Lee
  17. My Time After Awhile
  18. Boogie Rambler

Disc 2

  1. Two Headed Man
  2. Soul Fixin' Man
  3. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  4. Dyin' Flu
  5. When It Rains It Pours
  6. Slow Down
  7. You Can Have My Husband
  8. I'll Take You Back
  9. Maybe Someday Baby
  10. Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits
  11. Sadie
  12. Stop
  13. It's Alright

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Allison   Track Performer
Marcia Ball   Track Performer
Lonnie Brooks   Track Performer
Robert Cray   Track Performer
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
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
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
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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