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Hound Dog
Taylor

Jon Herington

Hound Dog
Taylor, Son
Seals, and
Others

Alligator Records
40th Anniversary
Collection
"I'm A Woman" sings Koko Taylor in her
face-smacking distaff take on Bo Diddley's
"I'm A Man" to open this collection of Alligator's best, past and present. Telecaster
god Albert Collins follows with "I Ain't
Drunk," a joyous ode to intoxication chased
by feverish, industrial-strength slide guitar
on "Strange Feeling" from Michael Burks,
a bluesman of the rock-and-roll generation.
Burks' contemporary, California guitarist Tommy Castro, one of modern blues'
better singers, contributes horn-supported,
exquisitely nasty blues with "Backup Plan,"
preceding Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
channeling Elmore James, Screamin' Jay
Hawkins, and the Surfaris for "Icicles In
My Meatloaf."

So it gloriously goes as Alligator serves
slices of its work chronicling, preserving,
and championing blues. The label has put
as much commitment behind veteran and
newbie. They've supported grievously underexposed artists, like their first, Hound
Dog Taylor. Backed esoteric musicians
like Corey Harris and kid phenoms. And
celebrated luminaries like Luther Allison,
Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray.
The hardest part of assembling this
collection had to have been keeping it
down to two discs. - Rick Allen

Jon Herington

Adult
Entertainment

Jon Herington,
best known for his
current work as
Steely Dan's lead
guitarist, put out one of the decades'
great records with his last effort, Time
On My Hands, back in 2012. This studio

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follow-up is also a fine record with the
same eclectic mix of music and clever
wordplay.
His guitar playing is always right on
the mark, whether it's Beatle-esque fills
on "Mind Over Matter," nasty wah on
the funky blues of "Doctor's Orders," or
lovely, melodic soloing on the gorgeous
and melancholy pop-rock of "Broken And
Blue." There is a bit more of a country feel
to parts of this record too: "Slaughtered
By Love" would easily fit into the song
list of a good country band.
Lyrically, sex and money are dealt with
in humorous fashion and "Handle With
Care," the song that most resembles
something bosses Fagen and Becker
might write, is a lyric that may cause
some conversation.
Vocally Herington has the kind of
everyman voice that somehow still manages to stay unique. His inf lection and
phrasing really accent the lyrics.
Pop-rock records this good just aren't
made very often anymore. - John Heidt

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