50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music
Alligator, the Chicago based label, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. In 1971 Alligator President Bruce Iglauer started operating out of his efficiency apartment. The first album issued was “Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers”. The catalog now contains over 350 titles. Iglauer has stuck to his initial philosophy and continues to delivers straight from the heart, soul and blues, which he calls “Genuine Houserockin’ Music”.
Initially Iglauer concentrated on recording Chicago’s “own” like Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Fenton Robinson, Lonnie Brooks, and Koko Taylor. He undertook projects like the six-LP “Living Chicago Blues”. Then Alligator began recording regional blues musicians from across the country. Artists like Lonnie Mack, Albert Collins, James Cotton, “Gatemouth” Brown, Johnny Winter and Roy Buchanan. Iglauer then helped to promote the “next generation” of artists like Kenny Neal, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Michael “Iron Man” Burks, Roomful of Blues, and Curtis Salgado. Iglauer continues to sign new young artists that are representative of the genre and that will extend the life of the blues to future generations. Selwyn Birchwood, Toronzo Cannon and Christone Kingfish Ingram are among those that come to mind. In doing so Iglauer adds to the culture of the music and to the City of Chicago.
This three-cd set includes some of the best from the label This is especially nice for those young listeners first being introduced to the blues and to those who might not have heard all the catalog has to offer. Some of the artists included not already mentioned are: Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, Marsha Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Albert Collins, and Luther Allison. There is enough music included to program a radio station for quite some time.
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