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James Cotton - Live And On The Move (1976) [Reissue 1990]

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James Cotton - Live And On The Move (1976) [Reissue 1990]

James Cotton - Live And On The Move (1976) [Reissue 1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 446 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 177 MB | Covers - 27 MB
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sequel Records (NEX CD 123)

Originally released on two vinyl platters in 1976 by Buddah, this set was digitally unleashed anew by the British Sequel label. It faithfully captures the boogie-burning capabilities of the mid-'70s Cotton outfit, fired by its leader's incendiary harp wizardry and Murphy's scintillating licks.

Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, & James Cotton - Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down (2007) Recorded 1977

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Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, & James Cotton - Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down (2007) Recorded 1977

Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, & James Cotton - Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down (2007)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Epic, Legacy | # 88697 07283 2 | 00:59:22

Muddy Waters had his second coming 30 years ago, when longtime friend and disciple Johnny Winter and his Blue Sky label returned him–after a series of listless recordings aimed at the rock audience–to the raw, powerful authenticity of his timeless Chess material with a series of powerful albums. Beginning with 1977's acclaimed Hard Again, a subsequent tour produced Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live, recorded onstage in Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia with Muddy's band, Winter, and harmonica player/vocalist James Cotton. Enough live material remained for Legacy to release an expanded version with an entire second disc of unissued concert material. It seems even that wasn't the end. This collection returns again to those remarkable concerts, featuring Muddy on five tracks, among them a rousing "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Trouble No More," "Caldonia," and the closing "Got My Mojo Workin'." Winter and Cotton are no less powerful, Cotton redoing Jackie Brenston's hit "Rocket '88'" and Winter ripping up John Lee Hooker's "I Done Got Over It" and "Mama Talk to Your Daughter."

James Cotton - Deep In The Blues (1996) with Joe Louis Walker and Charlie Haden

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James Cotton - Deep In The Blues (1996) with Joe Louis Walker and Charlie Haden

James Cotton - Deep In The Blues (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mbb | Scans ~ 67 Mb | Time: 00:57:41
Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Label: Verve | # 529 849-2

Deep in the Blues is a fascinating jam session between James Cotton, guitarist Joe Louis Walker, and jazz bassist Charlie Haden. The trio runs through a number of classic blues songs written by Muddy Waters, Percy Mayfield, and Sonny Boy Williamson and a few originals by Walker and Cotton. The sound is intimate and raw, which is a welcome change from Cotton's usual overproduced records.

James Cotton - Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes (2004)

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James Cotton - Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes (2004)

James Cotton - Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 327 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 45 MB
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Telarc (CD-83596)

James Cotton's third solo release on Telarc, Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes picks up where 35th Anniversary Jam of the James Cotton Blues Band left off. The strongest of these 13 tracks find Cotton and associates digging back to the '30s for inspiration: Doc & Merle Watson assist on Leroy Carr's "How Long Blues," "Stealin' Stealin'" with Dave Alvin, "Key to the Highway" featuring Odetta, and a bluesy take on the Jimmie Rodgers country standard "Muleskinner Blues." This is mainly a mid-tempo, laid-back session with plenty of Cotton's harp virtuosity, which shines brightest on the instrumentals "Coach's Better Days," "Blues for Jacklyn," and "Friends." Also making contributions to the album are Peter Rowan, C.J. Chenier, Rory Block, Jim Lauderdale, and Marcia Ball…

Hubert Sumlin with James Cotton & Little Mike And The Tornadoes - Heart & Soul (1989)

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Hubert Sumlin with James Cotton & Little Mike And The Tornadoes - Heart & Soul (1989)

Hubert Sumlin - Heart & Soul (1989)
with James Cotton & Little Mike And The Tornadoes

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BP7 3389 | 00:37:40

Hubert Sumlin was one of thirteen children born on a farm near Greenwood, Mississippi on November 16, 1931. He learned to play drums and guitar as a small child and was playing at parties and local jukes by the time he was twelve years old. Sumlin's warped style of blues, which has been called "wicked" and "bent", went on to influence everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Frank Zappa. The raw tone in his guitar bites deep when he plays the jump style, ice-cold blues from Chicago. Whether he's playing one of his old guitars or a brand new model, Sumlin runs it through his old Fender amp and really makes it talk. Hubert Sumlin's return to the recording studio is very special because it includes a reunion with his old friend James Cotton. Heart & Soul is a tribute to the many influences and inspirations that make Hubert Sumlin one of the premier blues artists of his time.

VA - Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

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VA - Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

VA - Muddy Waters 100 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Raisin' Music | # RM2015 | Time: 00:53:31

.This official and authorized centennial tribute to Muddy Waters is a once-in-a-lifetime CD event that celebrates, commemorates and contributes the musical legacy of this American icon. With 15 newly-recorded songs, Muddy Waters 100 features Muddy Waters Band alumni and many of today s most preeminent American blues and roots artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, John Primer, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, and others… The CD is contained in a collectible CD-sized hard-cover book with 48 pages illustrated with black and white photography by some of the greatest photographers of Muddy's time: Don Bronstein, Ray Flerlage, Paul Natkin, Marc Pokempner, Art Shay and D. Shigley, among others. Also included is an original essay by Robert Gordon, Grammy-winning author of the definitive Muddy Waters biography "Can't Be Satisfied - The Life and Times of Muddy Waters".

James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995) [Re-Up]

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James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995) [Re-Up]

James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 497 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Blues | Label: Verve/PolyGram | # 314 527 371-2 | Time: 01:16:21

Taken from the high-energy harpist's first three albums for Verve following his split from Muddy Waters (including the entirety of his fine eponymous 1967 debut), this 20-track anthology is a fine spot to begin any serious Cotton collection. In those days, Cotton was into soul as well as blues – witness his raucous versions of "Knock on Wood" and "Turn on Your Lovelight," backed by a large horn complement. Compiler Dick Shurman has chose judiciously from his uneven pair of Verve follow-ups, making for a very consistent compilation.

Muddy Waters - Hard Again (1977) Japanese Reissue 2004 [Re-Up]

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Muddy Waters - Hard Again (1977) Japanese Reissue 2004 [Re-Up]

Muddy Waters - Hard Again (1977) Japanese Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans ~ 93 Mb
Label: Sony Music Direct | # MHCP 350 | Time: 00:49:42
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Slide Guitar Blues

After a string of mediocre albums throughout most of the 1970s, Muddy Waters hooked up with Johnny Winter for 1977's Hard Again, a startling comeback and a gritty demonstration of the master's powers. Fronting a band that includes such luminaries as James Cotton and "Pine Top" Perkins, Waters is not only at the top of his game, but is having the time of his life while he's at it. The bits of studio chatter that close "Mannish Boy" and open "Bus Driver" show him to be relaxed and obviously excited about the proceedings. Part of this has to be because the record sounds so good. Winter has gone for an extremely bare production style, clearly aiming to capture Waters in conversation with a band in what sounds like a single studio room. This means that sometimes the songs threaten to explode in chaos as two or three musicians begin soloing simultaneously. Such messiness is actually perfect in keeping with the raw nature of this music; you simply couldn't have it any other way.

James Cotton - 3 Harp Boogie [Recorded 1963-1967] (1993)

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James Cotton - 3 Harp Boogie [Recorded 1963-1967] (1993)

James Cotton - 3 Harp Boogie [Recorded 1963-1967] (1993)
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 146 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 65 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Tomato (598.1097.20)

The music featured here is actually all right, but the set suffers due to its odd patchwork assembly. Five of the tracks come from a 1963 acoustic session recorded at an apartment on the South Side, featuring Elvin Bishop on guitar, Cotton on vocals and harmonica, Paul Butterfield on harmonica, and Billy Boy Arnold on harmonica (hence the title 3 Harp Boogie). The other four selections are taken from his 1967 Verve album James Cotton Blues Band.

James Cotton - Giant (2010)

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James Cotton - Giant (2010)

James Cotton - Giant (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 310 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Covers - 40 MB
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Alligator Records (ALCD 4940)

The years have ravaged James Cotton's once booming voice but his powerful harp playing hasn't lost a step, as one spin of Giant will confirm. His return to the Alligator label that released two Cotton albums in the mid-'80s and another with him as one fourth of 1990's classic Harp Attack! harmonica quartet is a chugging contemporary blues set that allows "Mr. Superharp" plenty of room to blow. Since guitarist Slam Allen handles the vocals, Cotton can play during the singing, something that eludes all other harmonica playing/lead vocalist frontmen. Allen is a competent if not terribly distinctive singer, but he delivers the tunes with adequate enthusiasm…

James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)

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James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)

James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 354 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 115 MB | Covers - 34 MB
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Alligator Records (ALCD 4954)

Blues harp maestro James Cotton was 77 at the time of this album's release. He can barely sing anymore, and the years of playing and touring have left his voice a hoarse croak, but make no mistake, he can still play the harp, and his stunning, overdriven blasts on the instrument are as powerful and as immediate as ever. He's the living embodiment of the Chicago blues, and one of the genre's last surviving founders of it, having mentored with the great Sonny Boy Williamson, and he recorded, played, and toured with Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, cutting his first sides at the age of 19 for Chess Records. He's done this a long time, and as this delightful, joyous, stomping, and vibrant set shows, he doesn't need to sing to command the stage…

James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Billy Branch - Harp Attack! (1990)

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James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Billy Branch - Harp Attack! (1990)

James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Billy Branch - Harp Attack! (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 332 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Alligator Records (ALCD 4790)

Four Chicago harmonica greats, one eminently solid album. Teamed with Junior Wells, Billy Branch, and Carey Bell, Cotton sings Willie Love's Delta classic "Little Car Blues" and Charles Brown's "Black Night." Wells trades harp solos and vocals, standing front and center on a fine rendition of Sonny Boy II's "Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets" and the tailor-made "Somebody Changed the Lock" and "Broke and Hungry," obviously relishing the camaraderie between himself and his fellow harmonica giants. Meanwhile, Branch's showcases are the apt original "New Kid on the Block" and a deft cover of Little Walter's "Who."

James Cotton - High Compression (1984)

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James Cotton - High Compression (1984)

James Cotton - High Compression (1984)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 253 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 36 MB
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Alligator Records (ALCD 4737)

This is the best contemporary James Cotton album gracing the shelves, thanks to its ingenious formatting: half the set places Cotton in a traditional setting beside guitarist Magic Slim, pianist Pinetop Perkins, and a solid rhythm section; the other half pairs him with a contemporary combo featuring guitarist Michael Coleman's swift licks and a three-piece horn section. Both combinations click on all burners. High Compression includes the scorching theme song "Superharp."