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Koko Taylor

  • 1. Love You Like a Woman
    2. I Love a Lover Like You
    3. Don't Mess With the Messer
    4. I Don't Care Who Knows
    5. Wang Dang Doodle
    6. I'm a Little Mixed Up
    7. Nitty Gritty
    8. Fire
    9. Whatever I Am, You Made Me
    10. Twenty-Nine Ways to My Baby's Door
    11. Insane Asylum
    12. Yes, It's Good for You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31271

  • Credits
    EngineerRon Malo; Willie Dixon

    Personnel includes: Koko Taylor (vocals); Johnny "Twist" Williams, Matt Murphy, Buddy Guy (guitar); Walter Horton (harmonica); Gene Barge, Donald Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Albert "Sunnyland Slim" Luandrew, Lafayette Leake (piano, organ); Willie Dixon (bass, background vocals); Jack Myers (bass); Clifton James, Fred Below (drums).
    Reissue producer: Andy McKaie.
    Recorded between December 7, 1965 and April 23, 1969. Originally released on Chess (1532). Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Koko Taylor (vocals); Willie Dixon (vocals, background vocals); Johnny Shines, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Buddy Guy (guitar); Big Walter Horton (harmonica); Donald Hankins, Gene Barge (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lafayette Leake (piano, organ); Clifton James, Fred Below (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Don Kamerer; Bill Dahl.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (??/??/1965-04/23/1969).
    Illustrator: Don Wilson.
    Arrangers: Gene Barge; Willie Dixon.
    The drawing on the cover of Koko Taylor's self-titled 1969 debut album recalls the pictures that decorated 78 sleeves, advertisements, and sheet music for Bessie Smith and the other early blues mamas, linking Taylor to her musical heritage. However, the record itself was a very contemporary affair. Collecting singles reaching back as far as Taylor's '65 hit "Wang Dang Doodle" (an absolutely classic single) and featuring the cream of her Chess Records crop, KOKO TAYLOR is prime late-'60s Chicago blues. The difference between this rollicking music, the R&B records made in Muscle Shoals for Stax/Volt, and the rock & roll on the early Rolling Stones and Pretty Things albums is primarily a matter of the age and ethnicity of its makers--musically, it's all directly related. The CD reissue includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Love Sick Tears" and "He Always Knocks Me Out."

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (7-8/01, p.77) - "...An exemplary reissue. Any fan of Koko's will want to check this out..."
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