Alligator Records 35X35

Alligator Records 35X35


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After 35 years and the release of over 2800 contemporary blues tracks, it's safe to say that Bruce Iglauer's Alligator Records is the world's premier blues label, particularly if sheer numbers are factored in, and while the label's releases tend to sound mind-numbingly similar sometimes, this two-disc overview of Alligator's history shows how much raw vitality the blues still has in its tank. Alligator Records 35X35, arranged chronologically and featuring a selection drawn from each of the artist's debut albums with Alligator, gets rolling right where it all began, with Hound Dog Taylor's "She's Gone" from 1971, and marches through to 2004, closing the second disc with a stunning version of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (here called "A Dying Man's Plea") by the great Mavis Staples, who makes clear the deep affinity of gospel to the blues, or vice versa, since the two forms philosophically complete each other, the way Saturday marches straight into Sunday. In between these two tracks are a whole lot of barnburning moments, including the bayou blues of Lonnie Brooks on "Voodoo Daddy" from 1979, a selection from Professor Longhair's final session (1980's "In the Wee Wee Hours"), Lonnie Mack and Stevie Ray Vaughan trading guitar solos on "Satisfy Suzie" from 1985, and Roy Buchanan's jaw-dropping electric guitar intro to "When a Guitar Plays the Blues," also from 1985. There is variety here, too, with C.J. Chenier's zydeco blues romp "Bad Luck" from 1995, Corey Harris' acoustic slide guitar reenactment of Blind Willie Johnson's classic "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" (also from 1995) and the Holmes Brothers' wonderful blend of gospel, blues, and R&B on "Speaking in Tongues" from 2001. All of this adds up to a completely satisfying set, and makes a fitting testament to Alligator's decades-long devotion to the preservation of the modern blues form.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551202127
catalogNumber: 2021
Rank: 36284


Disc 1

  1. She's Gone
  2. Have a Good Time
  3. Your Love Is Like a Cancer
  4. Texas Flood
  5. I Got What It Takes
  6. Honey Hush (Talking Woman Blues)
  7. Voodoo Daddy
  8. In the Wee Wee Hours
  9. Are You Losing Your Mind?
  10. Don't Take Advantage of Me
  11. High Compression
  12. Satisfy Suzie
  13. When a Guitar Plays the Blues
  14. Pride and Joy
  15. She Winked Her Eye
  16. Poor Tarzan
  17. Can't You Lie

Disc 2

  1. Lord, I Wonder
  2. Don't Lie to Me
  3. Lollipop Mama
  4. Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
  5. River Hip Mama
  6. Short Fuse Blues
  7. Lonesome Stranger
  8. Bad Love
  9. Bad Luck
  10. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
  11. Salt in My Wounds
  12. I Need Your Love in My Life
  13. Mean Old Lady
  14. Spreaking in Tongues
  15. Let the Tears Roll Down
  16. That's Right!
  17. Old School
  18. A Dying Man's Plea

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Producer
Lonnie Brooks   Producer
William Clarke   Producer
James Cotton   Producer
Larry Davis   Composer
Lonnie Mack   Producer
Fenton Robinson   Producer
Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women   Producer
Son Seals   Producer
Hound Dog Taylor   Producer
Koko Taylor   Producer
Elvin Bishop   Producer
Roy Buchanan   Producer
Johnny Winter   Producer
Dave Hole   Producer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Composer
John Hahn   Producer
David Axelbaum   Engineer
Carey Bell   Producer
Shawn Berman   Engineer
Stu Black   Engineer
Doyle Bramhall   Producer
Fred Breitberg   Engineer
C.J. Chenier   Producer
Scott Dirks   Producer
Sam Fishkin   Engineer
Patrick Ford   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Jesse Harms   Producer,Engineer
Larry Hoffman   Producer
Ice Cube Slim   Producer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer,Liner Notes
Bruce Kaphan   Engineer
Allison Kaslow   Producer
Andy Kaslow   Producer
Ricky Keller   Producer,Engineer
Gene Lawson   Engineer
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials   Producer
Niko Lyras   Engineer
Bill McElroy   Engineer
Richard McLeese   Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Glenn Nishida   Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Engineer
Jeff Powell   Engineer
Wesley Race   Producer
Dominque Samarcq   Engineer
Jay Shilliday   Engineer
Dick Shurman   Producer
Mavis Staples   Producer
Didier Tricard   Producer
Jim Tullio   Producer,Engineer
Jared Tuten   Engineer
Chris Vachon   Producer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Producer
John Villani   Engineer
Joan Osborne   Producer
Jimmy Vivino   Producer
Alan Hendler   Engineer
Steve Mendel   Engineer
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Jimmy Robinson   Engineer
Jason Latshaw   Engineer
François Porterie   Engineer
Michael Trossman   Logo
Joe Young   Producer
Joseph Scott   Composer
Michael Burks   Producer
Brian Brinkerhoff   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Bill Thompson   Engineer
Ian Schreier   Engineer
Cotton Bend   Composer

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