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JAMES COTTON R.I.P. 1935 - 2017
Blues harmonica virtuoso and onetime Muddy Waters sideman James Cotton died on March 16, 2017 at a medical center in Austin of pneumonia. A rep for the musician confirmed his death. The 81-year-old earlier overcame a bout with throat cancer in the ’90s, before recording a final star-studded album that included Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell and Warren Haynes. As a child, he’d become obsessed with harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson II’s King Biscuit Time broadcasts and, at age nine, moved in with the elder harpist to learn the instrument. He launched his own career as a teenager and toured with both Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf. At age 20, he began touring and recording with Waters and is featured on that artist’s At Newport LP (1960), most notably “Got My Mojo Working.” Cotton, dubbed “Mr. Superharp,” formed the James Cotton Band in 1966; and would go on to explore blues-rock with performances with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, BB King, Santana, Little Feat and Freddie King, among others. - Rolling Stone/ultimateclassicrock
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Montreux 1995 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Montreux-Swiss Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, Switzerland; July 17, 1995. Very good FM broadcast. Plus bonus FM tracks from the ’80s.
Thanks to LETSGO for sharing the show at Dime.
The Montreux show is from an Europe1 broadcast (tracks 01-08). Bonus are from France Inter broadcasts (tracks 09-12).
FM from a Dual tuner, recorded on cassettes, Marantz SD 4051 deck, Zoom H4, SD card, PC, Audacity (volume, tracks), FLAC 8 (TLH)
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Track 01. Band Instrumental 6:04
Track 02. Band intro by DJ 0:17
Track 03. I Can’t Stand The Rain 4:31
Track 04. James Cotton introduction and instrumental 3:49
Track 05. Untitled 6:40
Track 06. You Don’t Have To Go 6:33
Track 07. Hoochie Coochie Man 3:42
James Cotton - harmonica and (broken) vocals
Anthony Thomas Paice (?) - piano
Michael Ellis Morrison - bass
R Lee McFarland - guitar
Brian Jones - drums
Track 08. Stormy Monday (Nice, France; July 1988) 7:00
Track 09. Hot And Cold (Paris, France; October 21, 1988) 3:33
Track 10. Sunny Road (Paris, France; October 21, 1988) 4:52
Track 11. Turn On Your Lovelight (Nice, France; July 18, 1989) 4:17
Total: 52 mins
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