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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 53 | volume X | March-April, 2007



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 53March-April, 2007
Sound Reviews

Recommended Albums

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Koko Taylor – Old School
    Alligator Records ALCD 4915

The great news is that the undisputed queen of blues is back! After several years of silence, personal and serious health problems, blues fans throughout the world greeted her comeback which coincided with the release of her new album of great songs which should get nominations in a lot of categories after this year is over! After relatively weak “Royal Blue” album, this is the real deal, pure Koko with fabulous collection of some great blues material which is simply essential for every serious collection. Her own material is strong enough to be mixed with some explosive covers (Willie Dixon, Magic Sam, Lefty Dizz, E.G. Kight and Memphis Minnie) that were special to her with overall performance to match. Koko never sounded better in a long time, even she was much younger, it’s as if she decided to show rather weary contemporary blues scene and few generations of artists how it should sound. Backed by two great bands which include blues stalwarts such as Bob Margolin, Billy Branch, Chris Johnson, Kaz Kazanoff and others, Koko does justice to twelve songs she recorded in Chicago proving once more why the Windy City is still one of the leading blues cities in the world. Above everything, the magic of this record isn’t the musicians or the songs. It’s the way that Koko, at the age of 78, totally committed herself into these performances presenting every blues fan with a gift of treasured music that will last. Standout tracks include: Bad Avenue, All Your Love, Hard Pill to Swallow, Piece of Man and Black Rat.

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Les Marvellous Pig Noise – Droles De Mammiferes
    Dixiefrog Records DFGCD 8618

“Les Marvellous Pig Noise” was formed in 1996 in the French legion of Loire, a loose bunch of street musicians decided to take their music seriously which led to professional electrified quintet that continues to respect the rules of it’s original charter: perfect vocal harmonies, strong musicianship and impeccable grooves. Their music is simple and complex at the same time with strong original material by their leader Pierre Citerne, vocalist, harmonica player and guitarist and sung mostly in French is what separates the band from the local competition, and in recent times that include some strong European opponents too. “Droles De Mammiferes” is fifth album by the band in ten years






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