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Force of Nature
Genres: Blues, Pop
Force of Nature is aptly titled; over three decades into her career, Koko Taylor is unstoppable. The Queen of Chicago Blues is in fine form on this 1993 release from Alligator, from her own "63 Year Old Mama," "Put the Pot... more »
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Force of Nature is aptly titled; over three decades into her career, Koko Taylor is unstoppable. The Queen of Chicago Blues is in fine form on this 1993 release from Alligator, from her own "63 Year Old Mama," "Put the Pot On," and "Spellbound" to such blues classics as "Hound Dog," "Bad Case of Loving You," and "Born Under a Bad Sign" (featuring an appearance by Buddy Guy). "Mother Nature," with Carey Bell on harmonica, is a well-chosen opening track; Taylor's earth-shattering voice brings the roof down on your head and shakes you out of your shoes. Sit back and enjoy, but you'll soon find yourself up and dancing around the room. --Genevieve Williams
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****1/2 - one of Koko Taylor's finest Alligator albums
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 05/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"She is a force of nature, the "63 year old mama". Koko Taylor's big and rough but suitably expressive voice is just about as strong as ever on this 1993 album.
"Force Of Nature" opens with the title track, one of Taylor's best songs for many years. A gritty swaggering blues penned by "Little" Milton Campbell, it burns with intensity and the liquid fire of veteran Carey Bell's chromatic harp, and Taylor roars like a lion(ess) on tough renditions of Ike Turner's "If I Can't Be First", and the supremely funky "Let The Juke Joint Jump".
Koko Taylor's renditions of Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" and Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign" (a duet with Buddy Guy) are good, if slightly too long at 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 minutes respectively.
"Don't Put Your Hands On Me" and "Bad Case Of Loving You" are excellent, no reservations, and so are the originals "63 Year Old Mama" and "Put The Pot On". The wonderful band includes drummer Ray Allison, pianist Jeremiah Africa, guitarist Calvin Louden and a small, punchy horn emsemble on most of the tracks.
In fact, if the good people at Alligator records would have cut the two or three least memorable songs, they would have had a sure five-star record...the quality of this material is consistently high, and the production by veteran Bruce Iglauer is excellent.
After a very strong start, "Mother Nature" starts to feel a little bit stale and unvaried for maybe ten minutes, but then comes a great, soulful cover of Toussaint McCall's classic "Nothing Takes The Place Of You", and the album winds down with two solid mid-tempo blues, leaving a very strong overall impression.
This is one great contemporary blues record."
This is some Blues
Docendo Discimus | 05/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Koko Really puts all effort into this album.Good Foot Stompin Blues Music to enjoy in the car or at home or anywhere.This album is a keepers so I reccomend to buy this album for keepers.For a (63 year old Mama) She can tell someone they are a (houndog)."