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“Deep soul, raw vocal power, blustery swagger...the great female blues singer of her generation” –Rolling Stone

“Blues is my life,” says Grammy Award-winning blues singer Koko Taylor, Chicago’s—and the world’s—undisputed QUEEN OF THE BLUES. “It’s a true feeling that comes from the heart, not just something that comes out ... Read more in Amazon's Koko Taylor Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B0000009XC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trying To Make A Living
2. I Got What It Takes
3. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
4. Voodoo Woman
5. Be What You Want To Be
6. Honkey Tonkey
7. Big Boss Man
8. Blues Never Die
9. Find A Fool
10. Happy Home
11. That's Why I'm Crying

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Grammy nominee. Chicago's Queen of the Blues on her debut Alligator album. With Mighty Joe Young and Sammy Lawhorn on guitars, Abb Locke on sax.

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Format: Audio CD
This was Koko Taylor's first album on the "Alligator" label in 1975. It wasn't her first recording, these were on Charly and Chess. Koko was 48 years old, experienced and at the top of her game, that is a fine strong female blues singer in the Chicago style. I think of her as a female Howling Wolf, or Willie Dixon (with whom she had recorded extensively earlier in her career). There are a couple of Dixon songs among the eleven rocking tracks on this excellent album.
There is a good variety of music and the whole album is extremely entertaining. The backing musicians are excellent too.
All of her recordings are superb, but this is one of the best. Thoroughly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
****1/2. Wonderful, gritty Chicago blues 14 Dec. 2004
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Koko Taylor's first Alligator album, forty minutes of tough electric blues and one of the very best of her many post-Chess recordings.
It is not as polished as some of her later efforts, and she is backed by a tight little combo which includes guitarists Mighty Joe Young and Sammy Lawhorn, pianist Bill Heid, and saxist Abb Locke.

Taylor tears into the driving "Trying To Make A Living", and does a great, funky rendition of Ruth Brown's "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean". The title track is a rather obvious rewrite of Willie Dixon's "The Same Thing", and "Happy Home", although credited to producer Joe Bihari's alter ego "Joe Josea", is obviously "Dust My Broom" with different lyrics (and some terrific piano playing, by the way). But who cares, really, when it is delivered with such gusto?

Koko's supremely funky take on "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean" rides high on Abb Locke's sax and Bill Heid's piano, and Locke also lends both additional soul and additional power to Taylor's own "Voodoo Woman" and the magnificent opener, the aforementioned "Tryin' To Make A Living".
Koko Taylor also supplies the rollicking bar boogie "Honkey Tonkey", which offers some more terrific piano playing, and a terrific saxophone solo to boot. Yummy!
And Denise LaSalle's swaggering "Find A Fool, Bump Her Head", one of the finest songs of Taylor's long career. The band was supposedly hand-picked by herself, by the way, and she acts as co-producer as well, alongside guitarist Joe Young and Bruce Iglauer.

Koko Taylor has one of the most memorable voices you'll ever hear, right up there with Muddy and Elmore James, and second only to Howlin' Wolf himself, and anyone who loved Muddy and the Wolf should take comfort in the fact that Koko Taylor is still around.
This is one terrific, muscular slice of Chicago blues by one of true greats of the genre. Start off with Taylor's classic Chess sides, and then pick up this one and work your way up!
4 1/2 stars. Highly recommended.
Pure Blues 8 Jun. 2013
By Lewis I Burton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really love that voice, the title song say's it all her high's and low's and the music takes you to that place.
Great Introductory Blues Album 15 Dec. 2012
By W. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Koko Taylor has a big personality on this album and her sense of humor and perspective is very much appreciated. She has a great voice and the content won't bring you down, so to speak.

Now, all I need is a rib sandwich, smokey pool hall and a beer...
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I've Got What it Takes 17 Dec. 1999
By Timothy G. Kenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is quintessential Electrified Chicago Blues at its very best! If you like the Blues Brothers sound, if you like horns-This CD is for you! My blues collection spans the earliest recordings to the most recent, and this CD is on my short list. Truely outstanding!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Koko Can Sing The Blues 19 Nov. 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Koko Taylor lets out all of her power onto this cd. She really shows that she puts effort into the blues. Buy this CD and I mean it. She is the only woman I have ever heard make such growls and have such energy. Koko Taylor is The Quen and get it straight. Buy this Cd and I know you will not be dissapointed.
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