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35x35 -- 35 songs, 35 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music

35x35 -- 35 songs, 35 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music
A chronological journey through the history of Alligator Records, as told by songs from 35 of the label's most memorable debut releases. Two CDs, 35 songs, over 145 minutes of music, plus a detailed 44-page booklet at a single disc price. Contains no repeat tracks from any previous Alligator anniversary title or our Crucial Blues series.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since Hound Dog Taylor & TheHouseRockers came downtown to Chicago’s Sound Studios to cut that very first Alligator album. There was n...
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since Hound Dog Taylor & TheHouseRockers came downtown to Chicago’s Sound Studios to cut that very first Alligator album. There was no thought that this would be the beginning of what has become the most successful contemporary blues label in the world. My only goal was to record my favorite band, exactly as I had heard them in the South Side blues joints. I hoped to capture not just their music, but also some of their soul and spirit. That’s been the mission of Alligator all along—to record blues and roots artists who need to be heard, and to make records that reflect those artists at their best. 

To tell the story of the label in 35 songs, we chose to focus on the Alligator debut recordings of some of our most exciting, important and enduring artists. A few of these artists had never recorded before coming to Alligator. Others came to the label to revitalize their careers, or to make their most personal recordings.


It was a tough job deciding which artists to include, because we knew we’d have to leave out so many. In 35 years, we’ve released over 2800 songs. We decided to focus on full album, single artist debuts, so our Living Chicago Blues series isn’t represented here. Nor are our all-star summit meetings, Showdown!, Harp Attack! and Lone Star Shootout. Nor are many other very worthy recordings. And there are some years that are not represented, because our releases in those years were all by artists who had previous Alligator albums.


My thanks go to all the wonderful artists who have chosen to record for Alligator over the years. We’ve been truly blessed. I also want to thank the team who helped choose the songs—Bob DePugh, Tim Kolleth, Marc Lipkin and Kerry Peace—and to every member of the Alligator staff, past and present, whose efforts went into the success of the label.

Choosing these songs brought back a whole host of personal memories. I’ve tried to share some of them with you here.


—Bruce Iglauer, 2006



35 x 35 compiled by Bruce Iglauer, Bob DePugh, Tim Kolleth, Marc Lipkin and Kerry Peace.

Compilation mastered by Dan Stout and Bruce Iglauer at Colossal Mastering, Chicago, IL.

Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec.  Alligator logo by Michael Trossman.

Very special thanks to John Ward at Only Blues Music for the 35 x 35 concept.


Engineers who recorded songs on this collection: Stu Black; Alan Hendler; Freddie Breitberg; Francois Poterie; Justin Niebank; Gene Lawson; Steve Mendell; Dominque Samarcq; Ricky Keller; Brendan O’Brien; Jay Shilliday; David Axelbaum; Bill Thompson; Jim Robinson; Bruce Kaphan; Glenn Nishida; John Villani; Nyko Lyras; Jeff Powell; Sam Fishkin; Bill McElroy; Jay Newland; Shawn Berman; Trina Shoemaker; Jason Latshaw; Jared Tuten; Ian Schreier; Jesse Harms and Jim Tullio.


Special thanks to: Bob Koester; Wesley Race; Peter Amft; Dick Flohill; Carey Bell; Jan Loveland; Jim O’Neal; Dave Ungerleider; Mighty Joe Young; Dick Shurman; Richard McLeese; Allison Kaslow; Tad Jones: Dr. John; Quint Davis; Perry Aberli; Didier Tricard; Teddy Slatus; Gordon Kennerly; Ben Sandmel; Mindy Giles; Derek Andrews; Jean-Marie Monestier; Michael Rothschild; Ricky Keller; Ice Cube Slim; Whit Lehnberg; Nancy Wright; Steve Gurr; Bob Greenlee; Arleen Dowd; Kevin Morrow; Pat Ford; Jeannette Clarke; Jas Obrecht; Ken Morton; Thomas Ruf; Jim Gaines; Rocky Brown; Miki Nord; Scott Dirks; Paul Kahn; Vasti Jackson; Larry Hoffman; John Hahn; Buddy Fox; John Snyder; Jimmy Vivino; John Boncimino; Joan Osborne; Whiteman Harris; Doyle Bramhall; Chris Vachon; Lenny Terenzi; Georgina Moore; Brian Brinkerhoff; Jesse Harms; Dave Bartlett and Mike Kappus.


Acknowledgements: Dave Hole, Short Fuse Blues appears on Provogue Records in Europe and Black Cat Records in Australia. Buddy Guy, Stone Crazy! appears on Isabel Records in Europe. Gatemouth Brown’s “She Winked Her Eye” courtesy of Disques Black & Blue of France. Luther Allison, Soul Fixin’ Man appears on Ruf Records in Europe under the title Bad Love.

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    Track Name Duration  
Play Song 1 She's Gone
Artist(s):  Hound Dog Taylor
Author/Publisher:  Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 2 Have A Good Time
Artist(s):  Big Walter Horton
Author/Publisher:  Horton, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 3 Your Love Is Like A Cancer
Artist(s):  Son Seals
Author/Publisher:  Seals, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 4 Texas Flood
Artist(s):  Fenton Robinson
Author/Publisher:  Robet, Scott & Davis, Universal Duchess Music & Floree Music, BMI
Play Song 5 I Got What It Takes
Artist(s):  Koko Taylor
Author/Publisher:  Dixon, Hoochie Coochie Music c/o Bug Music & Arc Music, BMI
Play Song 6 Honey Hush
Artist(s):  Albert Collins
Author/Publisher:  Fulson, Su Ma Music adm. by MCS Music American & Little M Music, BMI
Play Song 7 Voodoo Daddy
Artist(s):  Lonnie Brooks
Author/Publisher:  Brooks, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 8 In The Wee Wee Hours
Artist(s):  Professor Longhair
Author/Publisher:  Byrd, Professor Longhair Music c/o Don Williams Music Group, BMI
Play Song 9 Are You Losing Your Mind?
Artist(s):  Buddy Guy
Author/Publisher:  Guy, Editions Black & Blue adm. by Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 10 Don't Take Advantage Of Me
Artist(s):  Johnny Winter
Author/Publisher:  Brooks, Heavy Traffic Music adm. by Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 11 High Compression
Artist(s):  James Cotton
Author/Publisher:  Cotton, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 12 Satisfy Suzie
Artist(s):  Lonnie Mack
Author/Publisher:  McIntosh & Drummond, Mack's Flying V Music & Barn Yard Music, BMI
Play Song 13 When A Guitar Plays The Blues
Artist(s):  Roy Buchanan
Author/Publisher:  Johnson & Hables, Sony/ATV Songs, BMI
Play Song 14 Pride And Joy
Artist(s):  Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Author/Publisher:  Williams, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 15 She Winked Her Eye
Artist(s):  Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Author/Publisher:  Brown & Robey, Duchess Music, BMI
Play Song 16 Poor Tarzan
Artist(s):  Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Author/Publisher:  Estrin, Locked In Music, BMI
Play Song 17 Can't You Lie
Artist(s):  Tinsley Ellis
Author/Publisher:  Ellis, Frozen Inca Music, BMI
Disc 2
Play Song 1 Lord, I Wonder
Artist(s):  Katie Webster
Author/Publisher:  Thorne, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 2 Don't Lie To Me
Artist(s):  Elvin Bishop
Author/Publisher:  Whittaker, MCA Music, BMI
Play Song 3 Lollipop Mama
Artist(s):  William Clarke
Author/Publisher:  Brown, Public Domain
Play Song 4 Wild Women Don't Have The Blues
Artist(s):  Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women
Author/Publisher:  Cox, Northern Music, BMI
Play Song 5 River Hip Mama
Artist(s):  Charlie Musselwhite
Author/Publisher:  Musselwhite & Jones, Musselwhite Music & And-Bet Music, BMI
Play Song 6 Short Fuse Blues
Artist(s):  Dave Hole
Author/Publisher:  Hole, Dave Hole Music adm. by Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 7 Lonesome Stranger
Artist(s):  Carey Bell
Author/Publisher:  Harrington, Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 8 Bad Love
Artist(s):  Luther Allison
Author/Publisher:  Allison & Solberg, Bad Love Music adm. by Eyeball Music, BMI
Play Song 9 Bad Luck
Artist(s):  C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
Author/Publisher:  Chenier, James & Brandon, Chenier Music adm. by Eyeball Music & Fred James Music & Possum Pie Publ., BMI
Play Song 10 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Artist(s):  Corey Harris
Author/Publisher:  Johnson, Alpha Music, BMI
Play Song 11 Salt In My Wounds
Artist(s):  Shemekia Copeland
Author/Publisher:  Walker & Mirikitani, Bug Music & Music of Windswept, BMI
Play Song 12 I Need Your Love In My Life
Artist(s):  Coco Montoya
Author/Publisher:  Montoya & Steen, Mr. Squiggles Music adm. by Eyeball Music & Latersville Music c/o Bug Music, BMI
Play Song 13 Mean Old Lady
Artist(s):  Michael Burks
Author/Publisher:  Newell, Parisan Music & Songs of Universal, BMI
Play Song 14 Speaking In Tongues
Artist(s):  The Holmes Brothers
Author/Publisher:  S. Holmes, Gardenville Music c/o Bug Music & Foggy Day Music c/o Bug Music, BMI
Play Song 15 Let The Tears Roll Down
Artist(s):  Marcia Ball
Author/Publisher:  Harris & tenBroeck, Gentilly Lace Music & Nix On That Music, BMI
Play Song 16 That's Right!
Artist(s):  Roomful Of Blues
Author/Publisher:  Lambert & Powell, Langley Music, BMI
Play Song 17 Old School
Artist(s):  Guitar Shorty
Author/Publisher:  Harms, Harris Way Songs adm. by Chrysalis Music, BMI
Play Song 18 A Dying Man's Plea
Artist(s):  Mavis Staples
Author/Publisher:  Traditional, additional lyrics by Roebuck Staples, Staples Music, BMI
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