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Cobra Records Story: Chicago Rock & Blues
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
Cobra was the exception, a label that took its personality from its A&R chief rather than its owner. Eli Toscano, who owned a record shop in West Chicago, founded the label in 1956, but he left the artistic decisions to hi... more »
Cobra was the exception, a label that took its personality from its A&R chief rather than its owner. Eli Toscano, who owned a record shop in West Chicago, founded the label in 1956, but he left the artistic decisions to his in-house songwriter-producer-bassist Willie Dixon, who had just left Chess Records in a money dispute. Dixon was a great talent scout, and he snatched the three best performers of the Chicago blues' second generation--Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Magic Sam-- right out from under the Chess brothers' noses. He wrote them some great songs, and encouraged them to develop the single-note guitar leads that distinguished their style from the chordal style of their Mississippi-bred predecessors. The result was some of the finest Chicago blues ever recorded. --Geoffrey Himes
Recording quality isn't everything
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cobra's studios weren't state of the art, but it's hard to imagine any Chicago blues fan who wouldn't find many of these sides thrilling. Otis Rush certainly did his best work at Cobra. Magic Sam, too. Enough said."