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James Cotton: Best of the Verve Years

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1. Good Time Charlie
2. Turn On Your Lovelight
3. Something On Your Mind
4. Don't Start Me Talkin'
5. Jelly. Jelly
6. Off The Wall
7. Feelin' Good
8. Sweet Sixteen
9. Knock On Wood
10. Oh, Why?
11. Blues In My Sleep
12. Soul Survivor
13. Fallin' Rain
14. Heart Attack
15. Lovin' Cup
16. She's Murder (A.K.A. 'Murder In The First Degree')
17. The Creeper
18. Down At You Buryin'
19. Back To St. Louis
20. The Coach's Better Days

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046YZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jaybird on June 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What we have here is the very desirable, very RARE and OUT-OF-PRINT, and most importantly, groundbreaking first solo releases of the great James Cotton on Verve records. It is titled "Best of the Verve Years", and it is just that!

After serving as front man and harpist for the legendary Muddy Waters band for 12 years, blues harp legend James Cotton's debut at Verve Records in 1967-1968 is generally conceded to be his most fertile period artistically, and this intelligently chosen best-of does little to dispel that impression. This CD covers all the music from Cotton's first classic LP on Verve, plus nine tracks from his next two Verve releases. A total of 20 awesome cuts in all. It remains one of the crucial artifacts of the '60s blues revival.

Cotton is in fine form vocally throughout (on "Feeling Good" he threatens to turn into Screamin' James Cotton), and the big band backing (featuring veterans of the Butterfield Blues Band and Muddy Waters) couldn't be better. Highpoints: A virtuoso take on Little Walter's harp instrumental "Off the Wall", an intense cover B. B. King's classic "Sweet Sixteen", and an excellent showcase for underrated guitarist Luther Tucker's flurry-of-notes approach. Then there is my personal favorite, "The Creeper", a six minute showcase of Cotton as harpist extraordinaire.

Here is the Personnel Line-up:

James Cotton (vocals, harmonica); Robert Anderson (vocals, electric bass); Michael Bloomfield (guitar); Luther Tucker, Bill Nugent (alto saxophone); James F. "Gene" Barge (tenor saxophone); McKinley Easton, Delbert L. Hill (baritone saxophone); David "Fathead" Newman (saxophone); Paul Serrano (trumpet); Louis E. Satterfield, John M.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JG on November 20, 2005
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What we have here are the The James Cotton Blues Band debut album from 1967 and tracks from the Pure Cotton album from 1967 and 2 tracks from Cotton In Your Ears cut with members of the Butterfield Blues Band(Bloomfield is here)...Remastered.. blues for those who know..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Auger on February 6, 2013
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I have always liked Cotton but his youthful energy here along with some great arrangements really throws this up to classic status. It is really a well arranged, straigh ahead blues with nearly a big band sound on some cuts. It will be at the top of your Blues collection...and Cotton's vocals never sounded so smooth. Hits everynote!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maia on April 13, 2012
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Worth every penny I paid & then some. James Cotton is masterful as both a harp player & singer. The songs are lively, raunchy & greatly danceable. This is one of those rare CDs where every song is great.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marty on November 24, 2008
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In short - this is solid blues from a great performer. 20 tracks and a good mix
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