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Coco MontoyaAudio CD
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“Smoldering blues and southern-fried rock 'n' roll with a master touch and killer soloing” –GuitarOne

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B00003OT00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Guitarist Coco Montoya started out playing rock & roll, and it shows. On his fourth album, the former John Mayall and Albert Collins sideman rocks his blues hard, with the occasional soul-flavored ballad thrown in for variety. The album kicks off on a note that's high-energy yet relaxed, as Montoya declares that "Enough Is Enough." "I Need Your Love in My Life" is as upbeat and cheering as can be, a sure cure for rainy-day doldrums. And with "Don't Take It Personally" and "You Didn't Think About That," Montoya certainly rocks out. But he's got a soft side too, as the smoky "Fool" and the tender "Nothing but Love" handily illustrate. Although, like his mentor Mayall, Montoya is an indifferent vocalist, he more than makes up for it with his guitar work, which is both expressive and technically brilliant--the blistering solo on "Beyond the Blues" is proof enough of that. Suspicion is Montoya's first album for Alligator Records, and it's unsurprisingly a bit smoother around the edges than his previous records for Blind Pig. Still, it's a strong effort all around, with touches of real warmth and sweetness. --Genevieve Williams

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not the same old coco January 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This release is totally different from his earlier work such as Gotta Mind To Travel. Coco has roughed up his guitar sound, adding some distortion and loosing the squeaky clean traditional strat formula. His vocals have also matured and gained more individuality. I would classify this CD as more in the "Texas Style" as opposed to his usual urban blues. This CD starts out on high burn and rarely slows down. If you love blues guitar you will love this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genevieve has hole in soul April 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Referencing editorial review by Genevieve Williams.Coco Montoya is a superb guitarist, granted, but to describe him as an indifferent vocalist is absurd! In my opinion vocals are usually secondary to the instrumental component, but Coco's expressive vocals are compeling. This is not his very best offering. his best is "Gotta Mind to Travel" , but you will not be disappointed with this album. If you have the opportunity to see Coco live, as I did, GO!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not all reviews are worth their weight October 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I may be the only one to do this.
I purchased this cd because of the reviews and reading about Coco Montoya, I was ready to be dazzled or at least be able to enjoy what I was listening to.
I appreciate that he was with Albert Collins and John Mayall but I found this cd to be like a lot of solo artists music in the 70's, over produced, no identity, no real soul, almost faceless...
I wouldnt even classify this as blues.
I tried I gave it four listens but by the second or third song I wasnt listening anymore, so it just didnt catch my attention. Maybe I expected too much or my tastes are so different, but I really wanted to like this cd.
Just my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best February 22, 2000
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I find this first effort of Coco's with Aligator Records somewhat over produced. While it is enjoyable listening it doesn't have nearly the fire and intensity of his earlier work with Blind Pig Records. I would particularly recomend,"Ya Think I'd Know Better."These pevious efforts are more reflective of his background work with John Mayall and Albert Collins. If you buy this cd, you will not necessarily be disappointed, but his earlier efforts will rock your blues soul!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Basic Rock and Roll December 14, 2002
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OK, when I bought this CD I was expecting to hear a lot of great blues. What I heard instead was mostly a lot of pretty basic commercial sounding rock and roll of the REO Speedwagon ilk. Casting My Spell is a song so incredibly lame that it nearly quashed any desire to hear the rest of the CD. Don't Take It Personally has the feel of some of the corporate rock bilge one hears on AOR format radio stations.
Well then, what did I like? To start with, the opening cut is one of the best songs on the CD and gives the listener hope of more great blues to come. I also like the soulful Fool, the rocking Get Your Business Straight, the powerful Beyond the Blues and the humorous You Didn't Think About That.
There is nothing wrong with Coco's singing nor is his play lacking, what detracts from a higher rating is a generally uninspired song selection.
This would be a great CD to have as background music at a party, where no one is really listening but where the music adds energy to the atmosphere. Depending upon how much of a Montoya fan you are, Suspicion could strike you either way. I was a little disappointed overall, that's why I give it just three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOUNDS DAMN GOOD TO ME! July 22, 2006
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to the reviewer who said ""Suspicion" is alright, but it's not exciting in any way. Believe me, there are thousands of albums just like this one!" WELL...that can be said about a lot of albums, top selling or not! Doesn't make this one any less enjoyable. Like rock music, which I love, there isn't a whole lot of new and DIFFERENT sounds that can be introduced to blues.

The band NIRVANA caused a big stir when they came out but they weren't doing anything that hadn't been done before, contrary to popular belief. Calling it 'Grunge' did not make it new and different. Didn't stop them from selling tons and gaining popularity. Same s**t, different smell.

Coco Montoya is a more than capable guitarist and he rocks on this CD. I've seen Coco several times and he delivers the goods. For me there isn't a bum track on this disc. You can do a helluva lot worse than this disc, that's for sure. If you like some rockin' blues with an Albert Collins flavor, you can't go wrong with this one.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smokin rockin blues May 20, 2000
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if you love hard rockin blues with wailing guitars this is your cd,it also has blues with feeling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coco finally puts it all together! January 29, 2000
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Finally Coco Montoya delivers! Suspicion has it all in one package: sweet blues guitar, strong vocals, AND strong songs. Between the groove of "Fool" and "Good Days, Bad Days" and the up-tempo tunes "You Didn't Think About that" and "Enough is Enough", the tunes are finally worthy of the chops! "Beyond the Blues" is my favorite tune off of the album: kickin' guitar and and a great tune with a message to boot.
This album is Coco's most consistent to date. On some his previous albums, either the tunes weren't there sometimes or the production or the chops were lacking. This record has it all. A must for the modern blues enthusiast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback
We love this cd. the music is amazing, we enjoy listening to it very much. Its very relaxing, all of our friends and family really enjoy is as well. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars a dose of blues
listen to "Good Days, Bad Days" about 20 times first. Then go to the other excellent blues songs. I prefer to skip the rhythm, jumpy stuff when I need Blues. This disc is good.
Published 23 months ago by desert rat
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer album!
I dont know where some of these others are coming from. This is a killer album. Great drivin blues. FOr me it was the album of the year in 2004.
Published on February 15, 2007 by Craig S. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc the blues hound
I can't figure out the folks here that review Mr. Montoya's work and call it uninspired and describe him as an "OK" guitar player. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by Daniel Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Coco's "Suspicion"
If you're a Coco Montoya fan you're gonna love this. If this is your first introduction to "The Man", you couldn't make a better choice.
Published on August 8, 2006 by Douglas P. Mancini
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Coco Fans!!
This album is my favorite Coco album, right along with his first. One great blues rocker after another, with one or two smooth ballads to change it up a bit. Read more
Published on June 17, 2006 by Baberufus
2.0 out of 5 stars An album among others...
This is inferior to "Ya think I'd know better". Montoya is a good guitar player but none of his solo albums are equally good as John Mayall's "Wake up call" on which Montoya was a... Read more
Published on February 12, 2003 by L. B. Ivarsson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not live, but it's hot
Coco's musicianship has always been strong, and that's certainly true on this album, with great guitar playing and a strong, rough-edged voice. Read more
Published on June 18, 2002 by "jpmb"
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspicion
THIS IS IT!!! A great effort here by Coco. A must have for Blues guitar fans. Its all good but my three favs would be: Don t take it personally,Good days, Bad days and just a great... Read more
Published on April 24, 2001 by Harmen Gnodde
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