The perfect introduction to the first 20 years of Alligator's recordings, this two-CD set contains over 170 minutes of our best recordings. The 35 songs fill two full discs, and you get them all for the price of one disc! From Hound Dog Taylor's 1971 classic, "Give Me Back My Wig," to 1991 recordings by Kenny Neal and Elvin Bishop, each track was chosen by Alligator's founder, Bruce Iglauer.
The blues sounds and styles on this collection range from the totally raw, electrified slide attack of Hound Dog to the jumping horn-driven R&B of Big Twist to the zydeco accordion of Clifton Chenier to the acoustic sounds and witty lyrics of Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women to the fiery blues/rock of Johnny Winter and Lonnie Mack. These two discs showcase virtually every style of contemporary blues.
In addition to the great music, a lavish booklet contains 18 pages of Iglauer's personal reminiscences of the artists and records, plus15 photos, some never before published.
The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection is the best-selling recording in Alligator's history. Its selection of classic performances continues to please blues fans worldwide. Along with our 25th Anniversary Collection, it's the perfect starting point for building any blues collection, and the best way for you to sample the full range of our blues talent.