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Down Beat (p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he packs a wallop handling five of her own freshly minted songs and old numbers associated with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Memphis Minnie..."Dirty Linen (p.41) - "OLD SCHOOL finds Taylor's voice in fine form. She sings with the keen worldliness of a veteran blues woman..."Living Blues (p.38) - "[T]he material is a nice mix of proven covers and solid originals....The background is provided by such seasoned players as harpman Billy Branch, guitarists Criss Johnson, Bob Margolin and Vino Louden..."No Depression (p.84) - "[W]hat's most impressive is not her raw power, formidable though it remains, but the way she keeps her absolutely sure rhythmic footing as she shouts, growls and rasps..."67.44543

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Rolling Stone (2/24/94, p.56) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[Koko Taylor] sings with a conviction that shakes life into even the hoariest blues cliches and makes them ring contemporary and true...."54.71655

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Living Blues (5-6/02, pp.63-4) - "...Serves as handy primers that surveys the artist's recorded output for the label..."47.2118

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he sang truculent blues, indebted to Bessie Smith, Big Maybelle, Ma Rainey but made unmistakably her own due to an inimitable bark and bawl."47.2118

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Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.121) - "...Places [her] in the boudoir blues tradition of other salty mamas such as Bessie Smith, Etta James and Koko Taylor....Dana deserves nothing less."0.8688106

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he icons and belters on this two-CD party include guitar lords like Albert Collins, Son Seals and Luther Allison; vocal volcanoes Koko Taylor and the Holmes Brothers; and the modern-Delta stylist Corey Harris."Living Blues (p.66) - "Perhaps one of the Alligator's greatest triumphs, and undoubtedly one of its paramount voices, was the late Koko Taylor. The Queen of the Blues recorded with the label for 35 years..."Billboard (p.40) - "[A] sampler that touches on great moments and key acts....Sure to send listeners deeper into the individual artists' catalogs."Record Collector (magazine) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] healthy doses of blues-infused rockabilly, front porch soul, gospel, rock, ballads, New Orleans R&B, country and zydeco."0.6680573

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Down Beat (p.74) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "She rips into 'I'm A Real Woman' and 'Power' with a self-assured vigor that confirms her legacy to royalty Koko Taylor and Etta James."Living Blues (p.35) - "Williams' voice is one powerful instrument and I'M HERE TO STAY, with 15 self-penned original cuts, is an intensely personal journey."0.5430066

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Living Blues (p.68) - "The majority of the tracks utilize medium-tempo soul grooves....Dedicated devotees of the great vocalist will find it indispensable."Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Including] the finger-waggin' downhome blues of 1976's 'I've Been A Fool' and 1968's 'Fire,' a delirious match for Koko Taylor's original take on Willie Dixon's slab of ferocious R&B..."0.4344053

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Rolling Stone (p.63) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Shingai Shoniwa is a piece of work for sure, jumping from soulful growls to evil shrieks like a cross between Karen O and Koko Taylor."Spin (p.88) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Shingai Shoniwa is arresting on the band's remarkably assured debut when she lets it rip..."Entertainment Weekly (p.63) - "[Their] dance-rock comes adorned with glittery choruses and jaunty rhythms." -- Grade: BQ (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this may be art rock, but it's art rock you can hum."Uncut (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "On record, with the whole band skipping from stoner metal to jazz-soul, they're often inspired."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.48) - "The Noisettes are a refreshingly unique proposition....With an utterly original sound..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ompelling. The most obvious source of originality is Shingai Soniwa's extraordinary voice, which flits from roof-shaking lung power to quivering psychosis to childlike squeals, via husky seduction and tender romance."0.325804

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Living Blues (p.60) - "With CRUCIAL ACOUSTIC BLUES, the strongest of the three albums, we're treated to a satisfying romp through some of Alligator's coolest unplugged numbers."0.2283892

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Musician (5/93, p.86) - "...musical depictions of some ideal universe.... all feature some of the best segues since man first walked..."0.1957622

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Down Beat (8/97, p.60) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...mainstays Wolf, Waters, Williamson and Walter put over likable performances..."0.1957622

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Living Blues (1-2/02, pp.55-6) - "...An excellent intro to the more recent events in Alligator history: longtime fans may well find the unissued live tracks and the Houserocker video too tempting to pass up..."0.1305081

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Q (8/96, p.142) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a strong 2-CD set which contains all the joy, all the pain, all the triumph of modern blues, be it electric or acoustic, city or country, purist or diluted by rock....a sweet sampler of America's finest contemporary blues label."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.124) - "...[this collection] can hardly be beaten: every player in the story is here, from old Hound Dog to the razor-sharp new blues of Michael Hill's Blues Mob, by way of Johnny Winter, Professor Longhair et al..."0.1305081

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Q (5/93, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...abbreviated but still staggering account of [the Chess brothers's] proprietorial claim on Chicago blues....an astonishing collection..."Musician (5/93, p.86) - "...it's the mix of the familiar with the relatively obscure, the consistency of vision, that makes CHESS BLUES so compelling..."0.115354

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Rolling Stone (9/14/00, p.180) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...ROYAL shows that this blues lioness still has her bite, and plenty of roar."CMJ (5/29/00, p.26) - "...The pipes may be all of 65 years old, but the Queen of Chicago Blues can still rip it up like nobody else."Down Beat (9/00, p.64) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...A major production number, complete with guest stars and contemporary material....The interaction of B.B. King and Koko is classic stuff..."JazzTimes (11/00, p.68) - "...[She] roars with a gale force....Taylor is in classic earth-shakin' form....A lot of versatility."0.3118312

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Entertainment Weekly (12/1/00, p.95) - "...Gathers many of the 20th century's greatest recordings...that belong in any library....providing as richly rewarding an overview of jazz...as any available..." - Rating: A-0.05863413

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