It Was a Very Good Year

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
James Cotton's It Was a Very Good Year is a tribute CD that has been restored from its "live" performance in Montreal's the New Penelope Cafe in the late '60s. The benefit of today's technology has assisted in capturing the chomaticism inherent in the harmonica playing of James Cotton, excitement of Albert Gianquito's piano you may remember him from his stints with Santana, Bobby Anderson on bass, Francis Clay on drums, and Luther Tucker on guitar. This blues band features a broad selection of tunes that range from the opener, "It Was a Very Good Year," in a sultry Latinized version to "The Midnight Creeper," a number loosely based on Little Walter Jacobs' "Juke." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
James Cotton's It Was a Very Good Year is a tribute CD that has been restored from its "live" performance in Montreal's the New Penelope Cafe in the late '60s. The benefit of today's technology has assisted in capturing the chomaticism inherent in the harmonica playing of James Cotton, excitement of Albert Gianquito's piano you may remember him from his stints with Santana, Bobby Anderson on bass, Francis Clay on drums, and Luther Tucker on guitar. This blues band features a broad selection of tunes that range from the opener, "It Was a Very Good Year," in a sultry Latinized version to "The Midnight Creeper," a number loosely based on Little Walter Jacobs' "Juke." Cotton performs excellent covers of Muddy Waters' famous "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Otis Rush's big hit, "I Can't Quit You Baby." The highlight of this great set is the Paul Butterfield Blues Band hit "One More Mile," written by Cotton and featuring a dark elemental blues, which is a stark contrast to Cotton's well-known style. This is a great find for those that may have thrown out their Cotton LPs, and this newly restored CD is a nice treasure for blues fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Just A Memory
  • UPC: 068944914425
  • Catalog Number: 9144
  • Sales rank: 187,269

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Cotton Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Bob Anderson Bass
Francis Clay Drums
Alberto Gianquinto Piano
Luther Tucker Guitar
Walter Jacobs Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jimmy Reed Composer
Billy Idol Composer
Lance Finnie Composer
Willie Schofield Composer
Billy Szawlowski Digital Editing
Jim West Executive Producer
Michael Nerenberg Producer, Engineer
Cotton Composer
Ivan Gardos Engineer
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