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Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Various Artists
Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Genres: Blues, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #2


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James J. (Kelpie) from MAUMELLE, AR
Reviewed on 2/26/2009...
I have owned this 2 cd set for eleven years now. It is a fantastic introduction to Blues music. The list of performers contains some of the best known and lesser known names in blues. But every track is a shining example of how to do Blues right. There is also a wide variety of Blues styles represented here. I have always liked Blues music, after all Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll. But after listening to this collection I was really hooked. There is no doubt this collection easily earns a five star rating.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Bob P. (Desorow) from BRIDGEVILLE, PA
Reviewed on 3/15/2007...
An exceptional blues sampler from a label that knows Blues.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
K E M. (Rampallion) from EVANSTON, IL
Reviewed on 9/4/2006...
Includes 21-page booklet
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

Some good old blues
Bob Davis | Christchurch New Zealand | 02/21/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Amazon keeps inter-mixing the reviews for the 'Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection' album and the similarly named 'Alligator Records 20th Anniversary tour' album. So I will include a review of both here to set the record straight.The 'Collection' album is by far superior to the 'tour' album. The collection has many artists on show and offers a bit of everything. The best tracks are AC Reed's 'These blues are killing me' with SRV brilliant on guitar, Little Charlie and the Nightcats with 'Rain', Roy Buchanan's classic 'Drowning on dry land', Koko Taylor with 'That's why i'm crying', Katie Webster with 'Pussycat Moan', Son Seal with 'Going back home' and Hound Dog Taylor and the classic 'Give me back my wig'. The album is uneven as you would expect for a label show case but well worth it as a introduction to a variety of blues styles and artists.The 1993 20th aniversary tour album has only Li' Ed, (the late) Kattie Wester, Elvin Bishop, Lonnie Brooks and Koko Taylor. The album does typify Alligator records music that by my definition is mostly reasonable blues without being great. This live album has plenty of energy and is listenable, but fails to scale the heights I expect of the blues."
I discovered most of my favorite blues artists from this CD
Darren Burton | Ogden, Utah United States | 11/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Alligator records has some serious talent on it's label. Many of them are big names that you will recognize if you have been into blues for very long. I have tried samplers from other blues record labels and have been very disappointed with the mediocre talent on their label. Usually there are only one or two people -out of fourteen or fifteen - that stand out on other blues samplers. You will recognize that the vast majority of artists on Alligator Records are true talents - even if you don't like their style. This album is definitely worth the investment."