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Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
No Description Available. Genre: Blues Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 22-JAN-2002
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Genre: Blues Music
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Release Date: 22-JAN-2002
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Nice selection of Koko's work
R. Weinstock | Falls Church, VA USA | 05/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Typcially nice Alliagtor Deluxe Edition that is a retrospective of the artist (sorta of a greatest hits). Few have had a longer tenure with the label that the "Queen" of the Blues Koko Taylor and this nicely samples her various albums. She belts out a number of tunes that are associated with her the most with some special guests on some tracks but the finest moments are Koko herself belting out her songs with so much feeling and authority. Hopefully if you are new to her, this will inspire you to check out more stuff by her"
****1/2. A really nice sampler
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 06/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Koko Taylor has been hailed as "Queen of the Blues" for forty-five years. Born Cora Walton in Mississippi in 1928 (according to her own website), she made her first recordings for Chess Records in Chicago, but signed with Bruce Iglauer's Alligator Records in 1975 when Chess went under.
This 2002 compilation brings together 14 songs from her first seven Alligator albums. And the good people at Alligator Records have included a new song, of course, just as you knew they would. If they can make a few thousand diehard fans buy 14 songs they already have in order to get one new one, they'll do it. (It's a really great song, by the way.)
Still, "Deluxe Edition" is a really fine collection, no doubt about that.
The opening track is a somewhat predictable rip-off of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy", and a couple of numbers are a little bit too polished for their own good. But most of what is here is top-notch. Koko Taylor has a deep, powerful voice which sounds like it was meant to sing the blues, and she excels on tough, swaggering grooves like "Come To Mama" and "Beer Bottle Boogie". Her brand of blues is the real thing, no pop, no blues-rock, no jazz, just down and dirty electric Chicago blues arranged by people who knew what they were doing, and Taylor is equally convincing on soulful R&B numbers, dirty mid-tempo blues grinds, and a smouldering rendition of Etta James' soul ballad "I'd Rather Go Blind". It's just too bad that one of the best songs of her career, "Find A Fool, Bump Her Head", is missing.
Again, this is an excellent compilation. The only "problem", if you will, is that almost all of Taylor's original albums are so good that you are actually missing out on a whole lot of good music if you only ever buy this compilation. But "Deluxe Edition" is a really good place to start, no doubt about that. Just remember that albums like "The Earthshaker", "Force Of Nature" and "I Got What It Takes" are just as good!"
Queen of Chicago Blues: Koko Taylor's Greatest Hits on Allig
Truth | DC | 01/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Before marrying "Pops" Taylor, Koko Taylor was Memphis native Cora Walton. She had a number of hit songs on Chess records in the 1960s. After her time at Chess she went without a record label until she signed with Alligator Records; this 2002 collection is taken from those seven studio albums and one live album.
DELUXE EDITION consists of 15 songs, including one live recording (track 8) and one previously unreleased track (track 7), recorded 1975-1999 (most from '78-'93). Disc packaged in clear jewel case; total running time: 64:07. Booklet includes track information, but it is not easily discerned. There is also a six-panel fold-out with a mini-poster on one side; the other side is an assortment of captioned photographs, a discography (that does not provide release dates), and a short essay. Sound quality is excellent.
Track listing & info:
01. I'm a Woman  mid-tempo, from "The Earthshaker"
02. Beer Bottle Boogie  up-tempo, from "Queen of the Blues"
03. Born Under a Bad Sign (with Buddy Guy: vocal & guitar)  mid-tempo, from "Force of Nature"
04. Mother Nature  mid-tempo, from "Force of Nature"
05. Hey Bartender  up-temp, from "The Earthshaker"
06. I'd Rather Go Blind  ballad, from "From the Heart of a Woman"
07. Man Sized Job [1998/1999] up-tempo, previously unreleased
08. Let the Good Times Roll (LIVE)  mid-tempo, from "Live from Chicago - An Audience with the Queen"
09. Voodoo Woman  up-tempo, from "I Got What It Takes"
10. Wang Dang Doodle  mid-tempo, from "The Earthshaker"
11. Stop Watching Your Enemies  slow-tempo, from "Jump for Joy"
12. Sure Had a Wonderful Time Last Night  Jazzy up-tempo, from "From the Heart of a Woman"
13. Come to Mama  mid-tempo, from "Queen of the Blues"
14. Time Will Tell  ballad, from "Jump for Joy"
15. Blues Hotel (with B.B. King: vocal & guitar)  up-tempo, from "Royal Blue"
Familiar songs include "Born Under a Bad Sign", Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Come to Mama" (recorded by Ann Peebles), "Let the Good Times Roll", and a remake of her own 1965 hit "Wang Dang Doodle".
This is a really fun CD. Koko Taylor is very deserving of the title "Queen of Chicago Blues" and any other accolades she receives. She has a powerful voice, as amazing as Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson, Big Mama Thornton, and Etta James. Long live the queen!