Living Blues - 5-6/02, pp.63-4
"...Serves as handy primers that surveys the artist's recorded output for the label..."
Personnel includes: Koko Taylor (vocals); B.B. King, Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Mighty Joe Young (guitar); Carey Bell (harmonica); Willie Henderson, Henri Ford, Mark Colby (saxophone); Larry Bowen (trumpet); Steve Berry (trombone); Pinetop Perkins (piano); "Professor" Eddie Lusk (organ); Kenny Hampton (bass); Brady Williams, Vince Chappelle (drums).
Producers include: Koko Taylor, Joe Young, Bruce Iglauer, Richard McLeese, Criss Johnson.
Compilation producers: Bob DePugh, Bruce Iglauer, David Forte.
Engineers include: Stu Black, Freedie Breitberg, Justin Niebank.
Recorded between 1975 and 1999. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Koko Taylor (vocals); B.B. King, Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Eddie King , Criss Johnson, Calvin Louden, Michael Robinson , Johnny B. Moore, Mighty Joe Young, Sammy Lawhorn (guitar); Mervyn "Harmonica" Hinds, Carey Bell (harmonica); Jerry DiMuzio (alto saxophone); Abb Locke (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Gene Barge, Henri Ford, Mark Colby (tenor saxophone); Willie Henderson (baritone saxophone); Larry Bowen, Elmer Brown (trumpet); Edwin Williams, Steve Berry (trombone); Eddie Lusk, Jeremiah Africa, Bill Heid (piano, organ); Ken Saydak, Pinetop Perkins (piano); Jim Dortch (organ); Brady Williams, Clyde "Youngblood" Tyler, Jr., Vince Chappelle, Ray Allison, Kriss T. Johnson Jr. (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Axelbaum; Fred Breitberg; Alan Hendler; Justin Niebank.
Audio Remasterers: Brian Jensen; Bruce Iglauer.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Iglauer.
Recording information: Chicago Trax, Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL (1987); Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, IL (1987); NRG Recording, N. Hollywood, CA (1987).
Photographer: Doug Fulton.
Arranger: Criss Johnson.
Neatly boiling down Koko Taylor's quarter-century with the blues-specialist label Alligator Records into one unbeatable compilation, DELUXE EDITION is a perfect introduction to Taylor's immense charms. Kicking off with "I'm a Woman," a no-nonsense response to Muddy Waters's "I'm a Man," the 15-track compilation skims the cream from nine already good-to-great albums and adds one excellent new track, the sassy in-praise-of-younger-men testimonial "Man Size Job." The selection skews heavily to duets and other collaborations, such as a rollicking version of the Willie Dixon standard "Hey Bartender" with Pinetop Perkins contributing his familiar barrelhouse piano licks, and a soulful duet with B.B. King on "Blues Hotel." Although Taylor remains better known for her '60s sides on Chess Records (the version of "Wang Dang Doodle" here is no match for her '65 original, one of the great blues records of that decade), DELUXE EDITION is the best single-disc introduction to her music.