Old School

Alligator Records
Release date
10 Nov 2010
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Piece of Man 4:30 4,008
2 Gonna Buy Me a Mule 4:35 2,669
3 Black Rat 5:08 2,748
4 Money Is the Name of the Game 6:48 2,213
5 You Ain't Worth a Good Woman 5:34 2,587
6 Better Watch Your Step 4:55 3,077
7 Bad Avenue 5:20 2,076
8 Bad Rooster 5:21 1,789
9 Don't Go No Further 3:39 1,785
10 All Your Love 6:35 1,906
11 Hard Pill to Swallow 5:51 2,087
12 Young Fashioned Ways 4:41 1,694

About this album

Koko Taylor (vocals)
Vino Louden, Criss Johnson, Shun Kikuta, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin (guitar)
Billy Branch (harmonica)
Mark Kazanoff (tenor saxophone)
Brother John Kattke, Stanley Banks (piano)
Melvin Smith (bass instrument)
Jimmy Sutton (upright bass)
Kenny Hampton (electric bass)
Willie ‘The Touch’ Hayes, Ricky Nelson (drum)

Down Beat (p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 — “She packs a wallop handling five of her own freshly minted songs and old numbers associated with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Memphis Minnie…”

Dirty Linen (p.41) - “OLD SCHOOL finds Taylor’s voice in fine form. She sings with the keen worldliness of a veteran blues woman…”

Living Blues (p.38) - “The material is a nice mix of proven covers and solid originals…The background is provided by such seasoned players as harpman Billy Branch, guitarists Criss Johnson, Bob Margolin and Vino Louden…”

No Depression (p.84) - “What’s most impressive is not her raw power, formidable though it remains, but the way she keeps her absolutely sure rhythmic footing as she shouts, growls and rasps…”

OLD SCHOOL, Koko Taylor’s first album following a life-threatening hospitalization in 2003, finds the queen of Chicago blues singers in remarkably strong voice throughout.

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  • ruralgoddess

    all riiiiight!! Rock on, Coco.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • hiho59

    absoloutely raspin .....today just gets better.....more beer.....cheers one and all.....

    31 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Old School makes Best Voices !

    30 Mar 2008 Reply

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