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Album Review

A solid contemporary blues album that ranges from Koko Taylor's own "Spellbound" and "Put the Pot On," a rendition of Toussaint McCall's tender soul lament "Nothing Takes the Place of You," and a saucy revival of the old Ike & Tina Turner R&B gem "If I Can't Be First." Gene Barge once again penned the horn charts, Carey Bell contributes his usual harp mastery to Taylor's remake of Little Milton's "Mother Nature," and only Buddy Guy's over-the-top guitar histrionics on "Born Under a Bad Sign" grate. Long may the queen reign!

Customer Reviews

Koko rocks!

What an absolutely GREAT album! In looking over my ratings for different cuts, I have more 3 to 5 stars on this album than almost any other I have. In particular the 63 Year Old Mama is not only a well written song, but is delivered as only Koko can. Put the Pot On will get you ready for any collards you may want to cook up and the other tunes are just icing on the cake you'll have afterward. The first time I heard a cut by Koko was in the Alligator Records 30th Anniversary CD, the cut was Bring Me Some Water, which I also rated with five stars. She has such a strong voice that for several years I thought Koko was a man! What a set of pipes! Truly the Godmother of Blues, you will enjoy Force of Nature!


Born: September 28, 1928 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Accurately dubbed "the Queen of Chicago blues" (and sometimes just the blues in general), Koko Taylor helped keep the tradition of big-voiced, brassy female blues belters alive, recasting the spirits of early legends like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Big Mama Thornton, and Memphis Minnie for the modern age. Taylor's rough, raw vocals were perfect for the swaggering new electrified era of the blues, and her massive hit "Wang Dang Doodle" served notice that male dominance in the blues wasn't as exclusive...
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