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Down-home delights: The soulful blues of Malaco Records

Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, 29 June 1998

THIRTY OR 40 YEARS AGO, the Jackson-based Malaco Records would have been called a "race" label. That was the tag for outfits like Specialty, King, Aristocrat, and even the fledgling Atlantic – companies that were then making records performed by and for sale to African-Americans. Today, the mainstream press and radio are too politically astute to refer to Malaco as such. But it's still treated that way outside the South and pockets of African-American migration like Chicago and Detroit.

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