FAME Review: Various Artists - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection
Various Artists - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection

Alligator Records
40th Anniversary Collection

Various Artists

Alligator Records - ALCD126

Available from Alligator Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Pretty damn hard to go wrong on any level here, a double disc for the price of a single disc, and it includes free shipping, that right off is great. Each disc is packed with 19 songs, and these aren't 2 minutes long, but generally 3+ and 4 + and a few going almost 6 minutes long, and I didn't see any repeat artists here in the 38 songs. These are culled from Alligator's extensive catalogue that spans 40 years and includes some of the earlier artists such as Hound Dog Taylor & The House Rockers, Koko Taylor, and Son Seals, to some of the newer artists that have slight different versions of the Blues such as Anders Osborne, Janiva Magness, back to some of the icons of the Blues such as Buddy Guy and Junior Wells to the piano magic of Professor Longhair, and those that bring in different influences such as Corey Harris and Mavis Staples whose voiced has the power and is steeped in the Gospel tradition. This is truly an eclectic collection in the best the sense of the word.

This is a collection of music that falls into the genre of blues that at times boggles the mind. From the spare clean country sound of the group Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, and the African inflections of Corey Harris, going over to the Caribbean through the New Orleans funk of Professor Longhair and Marcia Ball, to the Blues Rock of Coco Montoya to the pairing of blues guitar innovator and icon Roy Buchanan with Delbert McClinton's Texas honky tonk. Going north to the Chicago fierceness of Luther Allison and the deft touch of an acoustic mixing of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Truly time was spent here shifting through the vast and extensive vaults of 40 years of putting out high quality Blues to put such a collection together. You have here a history of a genuine American style of music, spanning the depths of music that encompasses this whole country. From the icons such as Hound Dog Taylor, James Cotton, and Johnny Winter, to some of the lesser known, as yet undiscovered artists, but equally talented performers. This is a fantastic treat that is virtually being given to us, snap it up now.

Track List:

Disc 1Disc 2
  • KOKO TAYLOR I'm A Woman (McDaniel & Taylor, Arc Music, BMI)
  • ALBERT COLLINS I Ain't Drunk (Liggins, EMI Unart Music, BMI)
  • MICHAEL BURKS Strange Feeling (Burks, Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • TOMMY CASTRO Backup Plan (Castro & Estrin, Tommy Castro Music/Locked In Music, BMI)
  • LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS Icicles In My Meatloaf (Williams, Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • GUITAR SHORTY We The People (Kearney & Harms, High Flying Blues Music/Harms Way Songs amin. by Chrysalis Music, BMI)
  • RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS U B U (Estrin, Locked In Music, BMI)
  • MARCIA BALL The Party's Still Going On (Ball, Nicholson & Hambridge, Gatorrythms admin. by Lew Bob Songs, BMI/Gary Nicholson Music admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, ASCAP/Tom Hambridge Tunes, ASCAP)
  • ROOMFUL OF BLUES That's A Pretty Good Love (Lucas & Mendelsohn, Screen Gems-EMI Music, BMI)
  • SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING Have Blues, Will Travel (Kubek, King & Gurevich, Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • SON SEALS Going Home (Where Women Got Meat On Their Bones) (Crutcher & Manuel, Irving Music, BMI)
  • BUDDY GUY & JUNIOR WELLS Give Me My Coat And Shoes (Guy, Editions Black & Blue admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • JANIVA MAGNESS Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love (Jackson, Screen Gems-EMI Music, BMI)
  • JOHNNY WINTER Mojo Boogie (Lenoir, Conrad Music, BMI)
  • COCO MONTOYA Last Dirty Deal (Montoya & Steen, Mr. Squiggles Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI/Latersville Music admin. by Bug Music, ASCAP)
  • COREY HARRIS Fish Ain't Bitin' (Harris, After Click Music, ASCAP)
  • LUTHER ALLISON All The King's Horses (Allison & Solberg, Bad Love Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • ANDERS OSBORNE Echoes Of My Sins (Osborne, Mr. Bubs Songs, BMI)
  • LONNIE MACK w/STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN Double Whammy (McIntosh, Mack's Flying V Music, BMI)
  • ALBERT COLLINS, ROBERT CRAY & JOHNNY COPELAND T-Bone Shuffle (Walker, Unichappell Music, BMI)
  • LONNIE BROOKS Don't Take Advantage Of Me (Brooks, Heavy Traffic Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • EDDY "THE CHIEF" CLEARWATER A Good Leavin' Alone (Clearwater & Baker Brooks, Cleartone Music admin. by Eyeball Music/Ronnie Baker Brooks Music, BMI)
  • HOUND DOG TAYLOR Sitting At Home Alone (Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • ELVIN BISHOP & LITTLE SMOKEY SMOTHERS Roll Your Moneymaker (Harris, Conrad Music, BMI)
  • JAMES COTTON With The Quickness (Cotton, Cotton Kandy Music, BMI)
  • SHEMEKIA COPELAND It's My Own Tears (Copeland, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Inc., BMI)
  • PROFESSOR LONGHAIR Red Beans (Foster, Dare Music, BMI)
  • CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE Where Hwy 61 Runs (Musselwhite, Charlie Musselwhite/Chris Goldsmith admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • ROY BUCHANAN WITH DELBERT MCCLINTON You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover (Dixon, Hoochie Coochie Music admin. by Bug Music, BMI)
  • MAVIS STAPLES Step Into The Light (Rosa, Tullio, Resnik & Staples, Warner Tamerlane obo Phantom Vox/WB/Muziekuitgeverj/Tools Music/Rezmusic/Staples Music, BMI)
  • TINSLEY ELLIS Speak No Evil (Ellis, Heartfixer Music, BMI)
  • ERIC LINDELL It's A Drag (Lindell, E. Lindell Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
  • SAFFIRE-THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN Going Down To The River (Daruda, Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • THE HOLMES BROTHERS Feed My Soul (Holmes, Gardenville Music/Foggy Day Music admin. by Bug Music, BMI)
  • KATIE WEBSTER Two-Fisted Mama (Thorne & Iglauer, Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • WILLIAM CLARKE Daddy Pinocchio (Witherspoon & Taub, Careers-BMG Music, BMI)
  • BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO When The Levee Breaks (McCoy, MPL Music Publ. obo Edwin H. Morris & Co., ASCAP)
  • JJ GREY & MOFRO The Sun Is Shining Down (Grey, JJ Grey Music, BMI)

Edited by: David N. Pyles


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