Saturday, September 14, 2013

Full Show Friday: Koko Taylor Live 1978

Last year we searched the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and posted them to the site monthly.  That was all well and good but this year RtBE is upping the ante with a show every week to celebrate Full Show Friday's.  These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Koko Taylor!

Well here is a nice surprise, a full live show from Blues Queen Koko Taylor. The video comes from 1978 right around the time Taylor's fantastic Earthshaker LP was released. The songs from that that record feature here and they are doozy's, staples of the genre sung by a vocalist who is timeless.

Flipping the sexes on "I'm A Man" to "I'm A Woman" is perfect as Koko proves with this take on Bo Diddley's classic. Koko's gravely take on "Let The Good Times Roll" is a marvel as she matches yelps with lead guitar player Emmett "Maestro" Sanders. Sanders expertly opens the show by the way with a take on "Call My Job" which is a scorching blues number. His axe matches perfectly with Koko on tracks like her original "Baby Please Don' Dog Me" and the classic elongated "Wang Dang Doodle". Have fun with this bluesy full show Friday before you start screaming "Hey Bartender!"


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