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Editors’ Notes

The Chicago blues scene was rocked to its core when Koko Taylor hit the Windy City in the early '60s. The former Cora Walton's gutsy, hard-belting style quickly earned her the title "Queen of the Blues" - and she's kept her crown ever since. Deluxe Edition: Koko Taylor brings together her best performances from her first seven Alligator Records albums. Taylor beats male blues shouters at their own game on tough, swaggering tracks such as "I'm A Woman," "Beer Bottle Boogie," and "Come to Mama." She pairs up with Buddy Guy on "Born Under a Bad Sign" and B.B. King on "Blues Hotel," and enlists Might Joe Young's muscular guitar for "Voodoo Woman." On the ballad side, she fills "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Time Will Tell" with a desperate longing. And, of course, there's her raucous signature tune, "Wang Dang Doodle." Taylor's mighty-throated vocals and take-no-sass attitude makes Deluxe Edition a down 'n' dirty delight.

Customer Reviews

Solid BLUE!

With a unique voice, Koko Taylor is the epidemy of The Blues! A classic in every way, Koko sends you back in time with story telling songs and a strong southern draw that has you loving every measure! Her beat keeps your feet tapping and your head bopping. Remember the movie "Daddy Day Care?" Listen to Koko Taylor's "I'm a Woman" and get a serious flash back! Great album, especially if you're singing the blues!

KoKo Taylor

Fantastic CD, one of the best !

Koko Taylor Deluxe Edition

Fantastic!!! This has got to be the best blues album I've ever heard next to the great BB King and the equally as great Mr. Ray Charles!!

Biography

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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