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listen  5. Icicles In My MeatloafLil Ed & the Blues Imperials 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Echoes Of My SinsAnders Osborne 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Double Whammy aka Wham!Lonnie MacK 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. T-Bone ShuffleAlbert Collins|Robert Cray|Johnny Copeland 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B004GPEB50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Budget-priced double CD release celebrating the 40th anniversary of the world's premier blues label. 38 songs - over 157 minutes of music! Follows four previous anniversary collections, with two CDs featuring 40 years of career-defining recordings by a star-studded Who's Who of American blues and roots artists past and present.

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According to Iglauer, "Alligator should be the label that's exposing the next generation of blues artists and bringing their music to the next generation of blues fans. I want the future of the blues and the future of Alligator Records to be one and the same."

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This was a suggested purchase and i took a chance and WOW!!!
Charks P. Harrington
The Alligator Records 40th Anniversary, 2 CD collection, is GREAT blues.
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I always listen to every CD I purchase so always know what I am getting.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Tim Holek on February 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Exile On My Street VINE VOICE on February 24, 2011
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If you like blues music you cannot go wrong with this 2 disc compilation put out by Alligator Records. Is this ever the cream of the crop in some of the finest blues performances they have available. There is not a song on here that is less than stunning and as a fan of blues even I was in complete awe by some of the scorching, blistering guitar work you will get here. Whether you're an established fan of the blues or a newbie looking for a place to get started, this set satisfies both needs. If you want me to list standout individual performances you can forget it. For the price you can't go wrong! This isn't depressing blues music, it is good rocking, hard and heavy upbeat blues so shell out the money, crank it up and keep the house rocking. Even a casual fan of the blues is going to love this. Five stars is not enough!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Blue in CT on February 23, 2011
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Alligator Records is a national treasure, providing a forum for musicians whose music does not neatly fit into radio categories. The Collection provides a showcase of releases over the past 40 years; it should also be used as a launching pad to explore each artist's individual catalogue. Check out the power riffs of Son Seals, the fire of Luther Allison, the strength of Lonnie Brooks, the brittle ice picking of Albert Collins and the subtle string bending of Roy Buchanan (yes, considered to replace Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones). If funky rhythms and nasty grooves are more to the liking, turn to Anders Osborne and JJ Grey & Mofro. Tommy Castro, Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King - the list goes on. Most importantly, use each of these incredible samples to explore the past releases and current concert tours of artists who don't cut corners and give their best with every song.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tgubs on February 22, 2011
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With an allstar list this is the perfect way to get your blues in 2011. great from start to finish!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Lang on March 1, 2011
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15 years ago, I came across the Alligator Records 25th Annivesary Collection. In short, it sold me on the blues. I've been a fan ever since and love hearing new artists and old favorites. The Alligator collections deliver every time. If you are interested in a sampling a wide variety of excellent blues artists and styles, you cannot go wrong here. Virtually every song is a keeper, and at the price, it's a steal. A wonderful disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charks P. Harrington on April 13, 2011
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This was a suggested purchase and i took a chance and WOW!!! The best purchase I've made in over a year-and I buy a LOT of music. These 2 CD's are amazing-they haven't come out of my player since I opened them up. If you enjoy blues than you need these 2 great CD's in your collection. The only problem I would see with this cd set is that it doesn't come with any pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blaze on October 28, 2011
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I ordered this CD twice,,,had to send the lst l back,,,,received the 2nd l and some of the songs skip on it....Must just be how it comes from the factory or something,,,,im very careful with all my cds,,,,but i like this l too much to send it back...CONNIE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Houston TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 6, 2011
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This collection is a masterpiece...the best American blues singers and musicians of the past four decades...their best songs recorded by engineers who capture the passion of a great live performance.

If you enjoy American blues music this is likely to become your most played and most treasured cd. British music magazines like to do polls where they ask: which 100 cd's would you take to a desert island? This belongs near the top of that "desert island" list.

The Smithsonian Museum collects the best of American history and culture. The Smithsonian should license this CD from Alligator Records and feature it as "the best American music of the last half of the 20th century".

At a price of $40, this set would be a bargain. At a price of under $15, is a gift from Alligator Records.
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