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James Cotton Blues Band - High Compression (1990) Retail CD
The great James Cotton will be 75 years old next year, and he has been battling serious throat problems for a long time, but even though his once impressive vocal power is largely gone, he is still a commanding presence on stage, and his abilities with the harmonica are undiminished.
This 1984 album is one of his finest, along with 1974's "100% Cotton"...his raspy voice has plenty of character, and his playing is magnificent, all quivering fills and muscular riffs.
James Cotton shines on the slow burner "23 Hours Too Long", perhaps the best rendition of Eddie Boyd's classic tune, and he is equallymore… magnificent on up-tempo numbers like "Diggin' My Potatoes" and "Superharp", the groovy swagger of "Ying Yang" and "No Cuttin' Loose", the fiery instrumental "High Compression", and the supremely catchy boogie of "No More Doggin'".
Cotton is backed (by never overwhelmed) by a soul-flavoured horn ensemble on a handful of these tracks...the rest are recorded in a more traditional setting with the Chicago All-stars (that's how they're billed), i.e. Aron Burton, Robert Covington, Morris "Magic Slim" Holt, and the great Joe "Pinetop" Perkins on piano.
James Cotton is equally convincing as a gritty soul shouter on "Easy Loving" and "Ain't Doin' Too Bad" as he is performing more traditional Chicago blues, and this album remains one of the finest of his 50-year career. One of the finest electric blues records of the mid-80s, indeed.
|1||Diggin' My Potatoes - James Cotton, Robert Covington, Magic Slim, Pinetop Perkins,|
|3||23 Hours Too Long - James Cotton, Robert Covington, Magic Slim, Pinetop Perkins,|
|4||No More Doggin' - Aaron Burton, James Cotton, Robert Covington, Magic Slim, Pinetop Perkins|
|5||No Cuttin' Loose|
|6||Ain't Doin' Too Bad|
|7||Sunny Road Blues - James Cotton, Robert Covington, Magic Slim, Pinetop Perkins|
|10||High Compression - James Cotton, Robert Covington, Magic Slim, Pinetop Perkins,|
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