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Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection

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The Legacy of “Genuine Houserockin’ Music”

In addition to containing authoritative blues and roots music, this two-CD set comes with an attractive, low-cost retail price, 160 minutes of completely re-mastered music, 38 recordings released between 1978 and 2011, and cleverly-written mini-biographies about the artists in the 32 page liner booklet.

With a guitar that is loud and in-your-face, Coco Montoya delivers a kickin’ and killer track. Lil’ Ed Williams’ rollicking energy is boundless, and his guitar is a fireball. You’ll experience images of live wires crackling while Johnny Winter’s slide guitar is explosive. Guitar Shorty’s savage blues are angry with fierce attitude. Tinsley Ellis is fueled on rock power. The Holmes Brothers emit redemptive vocal harmonies. Luther Allison releases an emotional and expressive lament. Rick Estrin’s nimble as a cat vocals and classic harp are the core of The Nightcats’ bouncy sound. The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, dishes out traditional, electric blues with commanding sass while her throaty vocals roar.

If you want to know what pure Chicago Blues sounds like then listen to the aggressive music of Son Seals. Lonnie Brooks’ booming voice, sassy guitar, and enthusiastic rhythms are as fulfilling as a bowl of gumbo. Like a spontaneous, wild party thrown by your College roommate, Hound Dog Taylor creates a welcome racket that you can’t resist joining. Two of America’s roadhouse kingpins – Roy Buchanan and Delbert McClinton – create the definitive version of a Willie Dixon standard. New Orleans piano master, Professor Longhair, creates a party out of the great Louisiana pastime of cooking. Albert Collins and guests are represented via a track from the best-selling disc Showdown! Alligator’s varied roster of remarkable artists isn’t bursting with acoustic performers, yet Buddy Guy and Junior Wells prove acoustic blues can be rejuvenating. Although there was no room in the liner to list all the impressive sidemen on these sessions, they include: Billy Branch, Johnny B. Moore, Sammy Lawhorn, Pinetop Perkins, Abb Locke, Johnny B. Gayden, Ken Saydak, and countless others.

Driven with a fervent passion for music and using the same hard work ethic as its artists, Alligator Records has begun the careers of new stars e.g., Corey Harris, rescued the careers of existing stars e.g., Lonnie Mack, and ensured the careers of living legends e.g., James Cotton, continue to evolve. This collective body of works celebrates the legacy of their “Genuine Houserockin’ Music” artists.

Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music
  • Released: Feb 22, 2011

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