Koko Taylor

Queen Of The Blues

Queen Of The Blues
Koko tears through ten killers. Guests Son Seals, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks and James Cotton! Grammy nominee. "That voice is in superb form...a powerful album that goes straight to the heart"-CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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KOKO TAYLOR, Vocals
CRISS JOHNSON, Guitar
"PROFESSOR" EDDIE LUSK, Keyboards
JOHNNY B. GAYDEN, Bass
RAY "KILLER" ...
KOKO TAYLOR, Vocals
CRISS JOHNSON, Guitar
"PROFESSOR" EDDIE LUSK, Keyboards
JOHNNY B. GAYDEN, Bass
RAY "KILLER" ALLISON, Drum Special Guests:
LONNIE BROOKS, Guitar on Queen Bee
ALBERT COLLINS, Guitar on The Hunter
JAMES COTTON, Harmonica on Evil and Queen Bee
ABB LOCKE, Tenor sax on Beer Bottle Boogie and Flamin' Mamie
SON SEALS, Guitar on I Don't Care No More

PRODUCED BY KOKO TAYLOR, BRUCE IGLAUER AND CRISS JOHNSON
RECORDED AND MIXED AT STREETERVILLE STUDIOS, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY JUSTIN NIEBANK
COVER DESIGN BY CHRIS GARLAND/XENO
PHOTOS BY CHARLES CHERNEY
MASTERED BY TOM COYNE, FRANKFORD/WAYNE, NEW YORK, NY

SPECIAL THANKS TO MINDY GILES, ANDREW GERKING, PAM HALL, BILL WOKERSIN, LARRY BURTON, LEE AND JOYCE THREATT

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO ROBERT "POPS" TAYLOR


Liner Notes

This is it! This is the album that captures all the gritty power and explosive energy that's made Koko Taylor the undisputed Queen of the Blues. Here's all the whoopin' and hollerin' good times of the live shows that Koko delivers year round, in clubs, concerts and festivals all around the world. When Koko starts up a song and pours her soul-drenched voice on top of her band's driving beat -- Lord help the faint of heart. Koko's giant voice and riveting presence have earned her every award a blues artist can win, from an unprecedented four W.C. Handy Awards, to five Grammy nominations and the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album of the Year, to the key to the city of Jackson, Mississippi.

Some of Koko's most loyal fans are her fellow Chicago blues musicians. So when she called on the city's top bluesmen, players like James Cotton, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, and Albert Collins to help her on this album, all of them made time in their hectic schedules to give the Queen their best. Add to these greats a monster band of Johnny B. Gayden, "Professor" Eddie Lusk, Ray Allison and the phenomenal Criss Johnson (perhaps Chicago's premier unheralded guitarist) and you get the hardest, funkiest, gutbucket blues album the Windy City has seen in a long time.

Blues fans everywhere know -- for a good dose of the best blues on earth, go see Koko Taylor. But if you need some right away, buy this record.

--Andrew Gerking

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    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Evil
Author/Publisher:  Dixon, Hoochie Coochie Music/Arc Music
4:58
Play Preview 2 Beer Bottle Boogie
Author/Publisher:  Scott, Screen Gems-EMI Music
3:33
Play Preview 3 I Cried Like A Baby
Author/Publisher:  Brown, Herman & David, Screen Gems-EMI Music
5:11
Play Preview 4 I Can Love You Like A Woman
Author/Publisher:  Dollison, Arc Music
3:48
Play Preview 5 Flamin' Mamie
Author/Publisher:  Dixon & Page, Hoochie Coochie Music
3:27
Play Preview 6 Something Inside Me
Author/Publisher:  Holiday, Racer Music
3:43
Play Preview 7 The Hunter
Author/Publisher:  Jones, Wells, Cropper, Jackson & Dunn, Irving Music
3:26
Play Preview 8 Queen Bee
Author/Publisher:  Moore, Excellorec Music c/o AVI
3:46
Play Preview 9 I Don't Care No More
Author/Publisher:  Taylor, Kumite Music
3:08
Play Preview 10 Come To Mama
Author/Publisher:  Mitchell & Randle, Irving Music
4:44
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