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35th Anniversary Jam of the James Cotton Blues Band
James Cotton (Harmonica)
1. Don't Start Me Talking
2. Creeper, The
3. I've Got a Feeling
4. Cotton Crop Blues
6. How Long Can a Fool Go Wrong?
7. Rocket 88
8. Blues in My Sleep
9. River's Invitation
10. All Walks of Life
11. Hold Me a Baby
12. Blues for the Hook
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83550
Personnel includes: James Cotton (harmonica); Lucky Peterson (vocals, guitar); Kim Wilson (vocals, harp); Shemekia Copeland, Ronnie Hawkins,
Bobby Rush, Syl Johnson, Maria Muldaur, Kenny Neal, Koko Taylor (vocals); Mike Williams, Tab Benoit, G.E. Smith, Jimmie Vaughn (guitar); David Maxwell (piano); Noel Neal (bass); Per Hanson (drums).
Engineers include: Steve Drown, John Bellami, Nelson Blanchard.
Recorded at The Studio, Portland, Maine in June 2001. Includes liner notes by John Sinclair.
35th ANNIVERSARY JAM was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Personnel: James Cotton (harmonica); Lucky Peterson (vocals, guitar); Kim Wilson (vocals, harp); Kenny Neal, Ronnie Hawkins, Shemekia Copeland, Syl Johnson, Maria Muldaur, Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush (vocals); G.E. Smith, Jimmie Vaughan, Tab Benoit (guitar); David Maxwell (piano); Per Hanson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Lincoln Clapp.
Liner Note Author: John Sinclair.
Recording information: The Studio, Portland, ME (06/2001).
Don't complain that there are too many guests here -- that's what this jam was all about, inviting a bunch of friends and kindred spirits to jam in the studio during June of 2001. These musicians were here to salute not just the great James Cotton and his songs, but the long life of his classic James Cotton Blues Band, by playing some of their greatest songs and having a good time. And that's what this is -- a good jam session, performed with heart and vigor. Some of the guests might be a bit better than others, but the band is lively, there's more grit than you'd expect for an all-digital production, and Cotton has moments where he simply smokes. He's constantly a joy to hear; listen to how he breaks into "Jingle Bells" during "The Creeper" and try not to smile. Sure, this isn't the first James Cotton album you should get, or even the fifth, but if you've been a longtime fan, you'll have fun with this. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Living Blues (7-8/02, p.42) - "...A harp tour-de-force....Cotton leaves the vocal duties to others and concentrates on his still powerful instrumental skills..."
Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.97) - "...Cotton's blowing is as downright deep-dyed blue as ever..."
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