James Cotton

Album of the Week 4-6-24

Afternoon folks!

This week, we start off with two of the greatest blues harmonica players, a compilation of early recordings from Sonny Boy Williamson and and album from James Cotton. Following that there's a 70's album from Albert King. Entering the blues-rock segment, Lonnie Mack follows that with (I think) his first album from 1963, and there are albums from Johnny Winter and Dr. Feelgood. In the diversity department this week there's a compilation album from The Move which I will add a few more songs to later this weekend.

Enjoy the tunes and have a great weekend!

Album of the Week 12-2-23

Afternoon folks!

This week we've got a mess of good stuff. We've got a James Cotton album to lead off, followed by a compilation of old Falcons records - a really great r&b/doo-wop group that had some enormous talents pass through it over the years. Following that there's a movie soundtrack album with Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Paul Butterfield and Maria Muldaur on it. I think that it's kind of an overlooked album given the talent on it. After that there's a mid-70's John Hammond album with a bunch of good stuff on it followed by Johnny Winter backed up by the Muddy Waters band including James Cotton and Muddy Waters who sings on the last cut. We've got a JJ Cale (kinda greatest hits) compilation and to finish up, for a little diversity there's a Joe Ely album, probably his best one.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Album of the Week 7-29-23

Afternoon folks!

Well, it's something of a grab bag this week. I didn't really have a plan and these are the records that were clean, ready and digitized this week.

So here we go, we've got a James Cotton Band album from the late disco/soul era followed by a very early Charley Musselwhite album with Harvey Mandel on the guitar. Then there's a Tony Joe White album with his big hit (Polk Salad Annie) followed by a later Roy Buchanan album from near the end of his career. After that there's a later period Flying Burrito Brothers album with Gene Parsons (Byrds) and Sneaky Pete Kleinow on steel guitar. Following that there's a Climax Blues Band album from the early part of their more mainstream success period. Then we've got some alt rock from The Beat Farmers and some rock and roll from Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends (including Keith Moon, Ritchie Blackmore and Noel Redding) with a terrible title track, but the rest of the album is good rock and roll. We finish up with Dr. John performing solo piano pieces.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Album of the Week 7-1-23

Afternoon folks!

This week we're starting off with a late 60's album from James Cotton, when apparently his producer was going for a jazzier sound. After that there's a live album of Stax artists performing at the Apollo Theater (I think in 1964) including Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Ben E. King.

We've got a bunch of blues-rock with Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton (I think that the gods of copyright blocked the last tune, a nice Little Richard medley), followed by Steppenwolf's first throwing in the towel album (Rest In Peace), followed by Dr. Feelgood's first album.

Then there's a hard to classify album by Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, respectively a very talented harmonica player and a very talented acoustic guitarist.

We finish off this week's bounty with some Oakland soul from Tower of Power.

Enjoy!

Album of the Week - 4-8-23

Afternoon folks!

Beaucoup de blues this week! Starting off, there's a crazy german album of Muddy Waters Band tunes followed by a mid-60's Jimmy McCracklin album. After that is a comp of early recordings from Junior Parker, James Cotton and Pat Hare (including the Parker tune that Elvis covered). After that there's some rock from A Group Called Smith, The Flamin' Groovies, The Tubes and a 70's band with Peter Rowan in it, Seatrain - the album has their one biggish 70's hit on it, 13 Questions. Some of you guys might remember that one.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Album of the Week - 3-11-23

Afternoon folks!

This week we've got James Cotton doing some classic Chicago blues from his early days followed by an early Taj Mahal album. Following that is some blues-rock with the J. Geils Band recorded live and a studio album from country blues band Mother Earth (featuring Tracy Nelson). Then it's on to some bluegrass with a really great live album from The White Brothers (also known as the Kentucky Colonels) featuring Clarence White - better known for his work with The Byrds. Rounding out the order this week is some prog-rock with Curved Air.

Enjoy!

Album of the Week - 2-18-23

Afternoon folks!

It's another good haul this week. I've uploaded a late 60's album from James Cotton and a compilation of harmonica player Junior Parker's tunes. The harmonica goodness doesn't stop there though, there's some early 70's blues rock with the J. Geils Band, the Climax Blues Band and Blues Image's second album (the one with their big hit "Ride Captain Ride" on it). Following that there's a live Emmylou Harris album on which she sings a few tunes that she did early on in her career with Gram Parsons. Finishing up is a double album of Vassar Clements, notably with David Bromberg as a sideman.

Enjoy!

Album of the Week - 5-7-22

Afternoon folks!

This week I have a whole bunch of blues for you guys. Albums by Hubert Sumlin with James Cotton, Freddie King, also compilation albums featuring Earl Hooker and Magic Sam, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Eric Clapton with Powerhouse and The Lovin' Spoonful among others. There's an album by Taste, which was Rory Gallagher's band early on in his career and rounding out the week, there's a non-blues album by Peter Rowan with some of his best tunes on it.

Enjoy!

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