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BluesToday3Various Artists
Blues on Parade, Volume 1

Release Date: 1963 (United Kingdom)
Label: EMI COLUMBIA SEG 8226 (p/s)

Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, EP, Mono

A1 –Brownie McGhee Walk On
A2 –Sonny Terry Rockin' And Whoopin'
B1 –James Cotton Rock Me Mama (as Jimmy Cotton)
B2 –Roosevelt Sykes Let It Rock



BluesToday3Various Artists
Chicago / The Blues / Today ! Vol.2

Release Date: 1965
Label: Vanguard (VMD 79217)

Cotton tracks:
1 Cotton Crop Blues 2:19 Chicago
2 The Blues Keep Falling 4:01
3 Love Me Or Leave Percy Mayfield 3:26
4 Rocket 88 2:02
5 West Helena Blues 3:27

James Cotton (vo, hca)
James Madison (g)
Otis Spann (p)
S.P. Leary (ds)

In 1965 he formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet, utilizing Otis Spann on piano to record between gigs with Waters' band. Their performances were captured by producer Samuel Charters on volume two of the Vanguard recording Chicago/The Blues/Today!.


MemphisVarious Artists
Memphis And The Delta - The 1950s

Release Date: 196?
Label: Blues Classics (BC 15)

James Cotton
- Cotton Crop Blues


2sJames Cotton
Two Sides of the Blues

Release Date: 1982
Label: Aim Records
(Intermedia QS-5011 )


  • Good Time Charlie
  • There's Something On Your Mind
  • Turn On Your Love Life
  • Jelly Jelly
  • South Side Boogie
  • So Glad You're Mine
  • Diggin' My Potatoes
  • V.8 Ford Blues
  • Polly Put The Kettle On

Reissued by

Label: Classic Sound Inc. ‎– CLASSIC 7694
Format: CD, Album, Compilation, Reissue

1 Good Time Charlie 2:32
2 There Is Something On Your Mind 3:44
3 Turn On Your Lovelight 2:23
4 Jelly Jelly 5:39
5 South Side Boogie 2:40
6 So Glad I'm Living 3:05
7 Diggin' My Potatoes 2:06
8 V-8 Ford 3:57
9 Polly Put The Kettle On 1:51
10 You're The Top 1:34

Manufactured By – Peachtree Music Inc.
Licensed From – Peachtree Music Inc.
Distributed By – Classic Sound, Inc.

Notes: Information on back page cover
C S I CLASSIC 7694 Is on the cover and disk.


rhnbThe James Cotton Band
Red Hot 'N Blues

Release Date: 1982
Label: Accord Records SN 7223

Country: Canada


1a Caldonia 3:46
2a Fannie Mae 3:56
3a I Don't Know 3:27
4a Keep Cooking Mama 4:47
5a Rocket 88 2:36
1b chicken heads 4:04
2b hot 'n cold 2:59
3b Mojo 3:56
4b Boogie Thing 4:59


2sVarious Artists
Sun Records: The Blues Years

Release Date: 1984
Label: Sun Records

SUN RECORDS The Blues Years 1950-1956 (1984 UK 151-track NINE vinyl LP boxed set with each LP in its own picture sleeve with detailed notes about the recordings plus a 22-page illustrated booklet containing interviews with Sam Phillips & many of the musicians with a complete session discography & features on the music all housed in a 12" picture box with tracklisting on the reverse.

Cotton tracks:
Disc 7:
10 My Baby - James Cotton
11 Straighten Up Baby - James Cotton
12 Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
13 Hold Me In Your Arms - James Cotton


DevilJames Cotton
Dealin' with the Devil: Best of James Cotton

Release Date: 1984 (CD November 25, 1996)
Label: Aim Records
(Intermedia QS 5006 )

01. I Need You So Bad
02. Don't Start Me Talkin'
03. Dealing With the Devil
04. The Creeper
05. V-8 Ford Blues
06. Turn on Your Love Light
07. South Side Boogie
08. There Is Something on Your Mind
09. Knock on Wood
10. So Glad You're Mine
11. Diggin' My Potatoes
12. You Know It Ain't Right
13. Jelly, Jelly


DevilJames Cotton
James Cotton: From Cotton with Verve
Release Date: 1986 (Holland-Netherlands)
Type: Vinyl LP

A1 Don't Start Me Talkin' 2:40
A2 Soul Survivor 2:25
A3 Heart Attack 5:04
A4 Off The Wall 2:40
A5 (Please) Tell Me Partner 4:30
A6 Lovin' Cup 3:56
B1 Jelly Jelly 5:42
B2 She's Murder 2:25
B3 Down At Your Buryin' 4:35
B4 Blues In My Sleep 5:20
B5 Back To St. Louis 6:50


Baritone Saxophone – Delber L. Hill* (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4,), McKinley Easton (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4,)
Bass – Robert Anderson* (tracks: A1, A4, A5, B1, B4, B5)
Drums – Barry Smith (tracks: A5, B5), Samuel Lay* (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)
Guitar – Luther Tucker
Lead Vocals, Harmonica – James Cotton
Piano – Alberto Gianquinto (tracks: A1 to A4, A6, B1 to B4,), Mark Naftalin (tracks: A5, B5)
Producer – Barry Goldberg (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4), Elliot Mazer (tracks: A5, B5), John Court (tracks: A2, A3, A6, B2, B3), Michael Bloomfield* (tracks: A1, A4, A5, B1, B4, B5), Norman Dayron (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)
Tenor Saxophone – Bill 'Stumuk' Nugent* (tracks: A5, B5), James F. Barge (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)
Trombone – Garnett Brown (tracks: A5, B5), Louis E Satterfield* (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)
Trumpet – Joe Newman (tracks: A5, B5), Paul Serrano (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)


Genuine Houserockin' Music II
Release Date: 1987
Label: Alligator Records
ALC 102
Type: Cassette, Sampler

A1 Albert Collins - I Ain't Drunk 4:06
     Producer - Albert Collins , Dick Shurman
A2 Big Twist And The Mellow Fellows - The Sweet Sound Of Rhythm And Blues 3:13
     Producer - Gene Barge , Pete Special
A3 Koko Taylor - I'd Rather Go Blind 4:30
     Producer - Koko Taylor , Robert "Pops" Taylor
A4 Lil' Ed And The Blues Imperials - Pride And Joy 3:40
     Producer - Lil' Ed And The Blues Imperials
A5 Little Charlie And The Nightcats - T.V. Crazy 3:44
A6 Donald Kinsey & The Kinsey Report - Corner Of The Blanket 3:34
B1 Johnny Winter - Mojo Boogie 4:52
     Producer - Dick Shurman , Johnny Winter
B2 Lonnie Brooks - Boomerang 3:15
B3 Lonnie Mack - Tough On Me, Tough On You 4:10
     Producer - Lonnie Mack
B4 James Cotton And His Big Band* - Part Time Love 4:55
B5 Roy Buchanan With Delbert McClinton - The Chokin' Kind 3:11
     Producer - Dick Shurman , Roy Buchanan
B6 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* - Pressure Cooker 2:52

Producer - Bruce Iglauer (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, A6, B2, B4, B5)

(P)(C)1987 by Alligator Records & Artist Management.
Manufactured & Distributed by/Fabrique & Distribue par WEA Music Of Canada Ltd./WEA Musique Du Canada Ltee. A Warner Communications Company.
Distributed in the U.S.A. by Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.
Special Low-Priced Sampler Cassette.

Track B6 produced by Disques Black And Blue.


Line - Der Sampler 31
Label: Line Records
Catalog#: LICD 9.00621 J
Format: CD, Sampler
Country: Germany
Released: 1989
Genre: Blues, Funk / Soul, Jazz, Rock

8 James Cotton - Hoochie Coochie Man 3:51
Written-By - Dixon*

Credits: Compiled By - Jenne (2)
Mastered By - Ralf Lindner
Notes 1989 / © 1989
LC 6155


MTJunior Wells & James Cotton & Pat Hare
Mystery Train
Release Date: 1990
Label: Rounder SS 38
(Castle SELCD614)

Junior Parker
- Mystery Train
- Love My Baby
- Feelin' Good
- Fussin' And Fightin' Blues
- Feel So Bad
- Love My Baby (alt. tk.)
- Sittin' Drinkin' and Thinkin'
- Sittin' At The Bar
- Sittin' At My Window (Please Baby Blues)
mt2James Cotton
- Cotton Crop Blues
- Hold Me In Your Arms
- My Baby
Pat Hare
- Bonus Pay
- I'm Gonna Murder My Baby

The Cotton recordings are from his early Sun Studios single sessions.


James Cotton
Good Time Charlie
Release Date:

1 Good Time Charlie 2:31
2 There Is Something on Your Mind 3:45
3 Polly Put the Kettle On 1:48
4 V-8 Ford Blues 4:00
5 Diggin'my Potatoes 2:08
6 So Glad I'm Living 3:09
7 Jelly, Jelly 5:40
8 Turn on Your Love Light 2:21
9 South Side Boogie 2:37
10 Off the Wall 2:38
11 Don't Start Me Talking 2:31
12 Knock on Wood 2:57
13 Fore Day Blues 5:19
14 Sweet Sixteen 5:33
15 I Need You So Bad 2:16
16 Feelin' Good 3:11
17 It Ain't Right 2:09
18 Dealing with the Devil 4:57
19 The Creeper 4:10

Re-issued as 'Fore Day Blues in 1999 (Elap (50162352))


The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Label: Alligator Records
Catalog#: ALCD 105/6
Format: 2 x CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1991
Genre: Blues
Style: Electric Blues, Chicago Blues

1-2 James Cotton - No Cuttin' Loose 3:20
Written By - Daniels, Moore & Marks

20thCredits: Compiled By - Bob DePugh , Bruce Iglauer , David Forte
Design [Packaging Designed By] - Matt Minde
Mastered By - Tome Coyne
Notes: Mastered at DMS, New York, N.Y.

©1991 Alligator Records & Artist Mgmt., Inc. - P.O.Box 6234 - Chicago, IL 60660
Distributed in Europe by Sonet Records - 78 Stanley Gardens, London, W36SN, U.K.
Distributed in Canada by WEA Music of Canada, Ltd. - 1810 Birchmound Rd., Scarborough, Ont. M1P 2J1 Canada

Tracks taken from:
1-2: "High Compression" (AL 4737), released 1984

Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 0 14551-1056-2 6
Matrix Number (DISC ONE): ALCD105 S1925F
Matrix Number (DISC TWO): ALCD106 L1A07A


Blues Masters, Volume 4: Harmonica Classics
Release Date: 1992
Rhino Records R2 71124
Country: USA
Type: 2 CD Set, Compilation

3 Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet - Rocket 88 2:05
     Drums - S. P. Leary*
     Guitar - Pee Wee Madison
     Harmonica - Jimmy Cotton*
     Piano - Otis Spann
     Vocals - Jimmy Cotton*
     Written-By - Brenston*
     Track 3: Recorded Chicago, Dec. 1965. From the album "Chicago The Blues Today, Vol. 2", Vanguard #9217, 1966.

Art Direction - Geoff Gans
Compilation Producer [Series Producer] - James Austin
Compiled By - Cub Koda
Design [Logo Design] - Glenn Parsons
Design [Package Design] - Brigid Pearson , Rachel Gutek
Liner Notes - Cub Koda
Other [Series Consultant] - Peter Guralnick
Photography - Denny Bruce , John Broven , Michael Ochs Archives , Ray Flerlage , Showtime Music Productions
Remastered By [Remastering] - Bob Fisher
"The Essential Blues Collection"

Remastered at Digital Domain.


RareRobert Nighthawk, Otis Spann, Big Joe Williams,
James Cotton

Rare Chicago Blues
Chicago 1962-1968

Release Date: 1993 (May 1, 1993)
Label: Bullseye Blues (9530)
Running Time: 63:20

James Cotton tracks:
10 So Glad You're Mine 3:05
15 Diggin' My Potatoes 2:06
17 Three Harp Boogie (Instrumental) 3:25

James Cotton (vo, hca)
Paul Butterfield (hca)
Billy Boy Arnold (hca)
Elvin Bishop (g)

Recorded between 1962 and 1968 by Norman Dayron, Rare Chicago Blues is an enthralling collection of rare blues from artists like Otis Spann, Little Brother Montgomery, Big Joe Williams, Robert Pete Williams, as well as several others. Captured live in clubs and on the street, these tracks give a good taste of what real, gritty urban blues sounded like in the '60s and is worthwhile for true blues afficionados.


3harpJames Cotton
3 Harp Boogie

Recording: recorded originally in 1963 & 1967
Release Date: 1994
Label: RHINO/TOMATO CD 71662
Running Time: 27:16

The music featured here is actually all right, but the set suffers due to its odd patchwork assembly. Five of the tracks come from a 1963 acoustic session recorded at an apartment on the South Side, featuring Elvin Bishop on guitar, Cotton on vocals and harmonica, Paul Butterfield on harmonica, and Billy Boy Arnold on harmonica (hence the title 3 Harp Boogie). The other four selections are taken from his 1967 Verve album James Cotton Blues Band, available in its entirety on the Best of the Verve Years compilation. That means you probably only want this for the rarer acoustic cuts, which are good, but a short value for a CD purchase unless you're a very big Cotton fan. Again, though, there's nothing wrong with the music itself. Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Title --- Composer -- Time
1 Jelly, Jelly       Cotton 5:37
2 South Side Boogie       2:33
3 So Glad You're Mine      Crudup 3:06
4 Good Time Charlie      Caples, Malone 2:27
5 Diggin' My Potatoes     Washboard Sam, Sunny Joe 2:07
6 There Is Something on Your Mind      McNeely 3:41
7 V-8 Ford Blues              Love 3:56
8 Turn on Your Love Light        Malone, Scott 2:23
9 Dolly Put the Kettle On         1:45

James Cotton (Vocals, Harmonica)
Paul Butterfield (Harmonica)
Billy Boy Arnold (Harmonica)
Luther Tucker (Guitar)
Elvin Bishop (Guitar)
Delbert L. Hill (Tenor Saxophone)
McKinley Easton (Baritone Saxophone)
Louis E. Satterfield (Trombone)
John M. Watson (Trombone)
Alberto Gianquinto (Piano)
Robert Anderson (Bass, Vocals)
Sam Lay (Drums)

-- reissue: Tomato CD TMT-2123 --


VerveJames Cotton
Best of the Verve Years

Release Date: 1995
Label: VERVE/GITANES 314 527371-2

01. Good Time Charlie
02. Turn on Your Love Light
03. Something on Your Mind
04. Don't Start Me Talkin'
05. Jelly, Jelly
06. Off the Wall
07. Feelin' Good
08. Sweet Sixteen
09. 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 (AKA "Murder in the First Degree")
17. The Creeper
18. Down at Your Buryin'
19. Back to St. Louis
20. The Coach's Better Days


Feelin GoodJames Cotton Blues Band
Feelin' Good
Release Date: 1995

1. Off the Wall
2. Don't Start Me Talkin'
3. Dealing with the Devil
4. Creeper
5. You Know It Ain't Right
6. Feelin' Good
7. Knock on Wood
8. Sweet Sixteen
9. I Need You So Bad
10. 'for Day Creep


The Bluesville Years
Label: Prestige Records
Catalog#: ALCD 110
Format: 2 x CD
Country: US
Released: Nov 15, 1995

Track listing
1. Come On - Otis Spann
2. Blues Never Die, The - Otis Spann
3. Feelin' Good - James Cotton
4. One More Mile - James Cotton
5. Two Drinks of Wine - Billy Boy Arnold
6. School Time - Billy Boy Arnold
7. I Love Only You - Billy Boy Arnold
8. Johnny Mae - Homesick James Williamson
9. Gotta Move - Homesick James Williamson
10. Dust My Broom - James Cotton
11. Straighten Up, Baby - James Cotton
12. Must Have Been the Devil - Otis Spann
13. I Got a Feeling - Otis Spann
14. Oh Baby - Billy Boy Arnold
15. I'll Forget About You - Billy Boy Arnold
16. Goin' by the River - Billy Boy Arnold
17. Homesick's Blues - Homesick James Williamson
18. Goin' Down Swingin' - Homesick James Williamson
19. Homesick's Shuffle - Homesick James Williamson
20. After Awhile - Otis Spann
21. Billy Boy's Blues - Billy Boy Arnold
22. Cloud Is Crying, The - Homesick James Williamson

Playing time: 66 min.
Producer: Sam Charters
Distributor: Fantasy
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Mixed
SPAR Code: n/a

Album notes
Recorded between 1963 and 1964.
Personnel: Homesick James Williamson (vocals, guitar); James Cotton , Billy Boy Arnold (vocals, harmonica); Otis Spann (vocals, piano); James "Pee Wee" Madison, Mighty Joe Young, Muddy Waters (guitar); Lafayette Leake (piano); Jerome Arnold (electric bass); Clifton James, Junior Blackman, S.P. Leary (drums).
Liner Note Author: Samuel Charters.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (12/30/1963-10/??/1964); New York, NY (12/30/1963-10/??/1964).
Photographer: Ann Charters .
Feelin' Down on the South Side culls the best of the albums that were cut in Chicago with top flight selections by Billy Boy Arnold, Homesick James, Otis Spann and James Cotton. Cotton's "One More Mile To Go" with its voodoo backup chorus from the Muddy Waters band is downright bone chilling and eerie. ~ Cub Koda

Editorial reviews: ...The legacy of Bluesville Records--one of the first blues logos to concentrate on albums, rather than the singles market--is only beginning to be fully appreciated. [This] anthology should help to spread the good word. Living Blues (03/01/1996)
       ...The legacy of Bluesville Records--one of the first blues logos to concentrate on albums, rather than the singles market--is only beginning to be fully appreciated. [This] anthology should help to spread the good word.
Living Blues (03/01/1996)


25th Anniversary Collection
Label: Alligator Records
Catalog#: ALCD 110
Format: 2 x CD
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Blues
Style: Electric Blues, Chicago Blues

1.02 James Cotton - Digging My Potatoes 3:38

Credits: Producer - Bob DePugh , Bruce Iglauer , David Forte
Notes: Mastered at Monster Disc, Chicago, IL.


James Cotton
Dealing with the Devil: The Best of James Cotton
Release Date: 1997 (Belgium)
Label: AIM CD 2005

I Need You So Bad / Don't Start Me Talkin' / Dealing With The Devil / The Creeper / V-8 Ford Blues / Turn On Your Love Light / South Side Boogie / There Is Something On Your Mind / Knock On Wood / So Glad You're Mine / Diggin' My Potatoes / You Know It Ain't Right / Jelly, Jelly


Chicago Blues mastersJames Cotton & Shakey Jake & George "Harmonica" Smith
Chicago Blues Masters, Vol. 3
Release Date: 1997
Label: Capitol (Capitol 36288)

2CD set also containing James Cotton's cover of LONG DISTANCE OPERATOR


Blues Harp Power
Release Date: 1997
Label: EasyDisc ED CD 7048
Type: CD

1 James Cotton Band - Superharp 3:50
2 Sugar Ray & The Blue Tones - Mouth On Fire 2:40
3 Louisiana Red - Vivienne 4:56
4 Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers* - Deep Fried 3:12
5 Jumpin' Johnny Sansone - The Talkin' Is Over (The Walkin' Has Begun) 3:48
6 William Clarke - The War Is Over 4:17
7 Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets - Rack 'Em Up 2:22
Featuring - Sam Myers
8 Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish - Made For One Another 4:34
9 Darrel Nulisch & Texas Heat - Orange Soda 4:01
10 Lee McBee & Mike Morgan - Sweet Lolita 3:34


SeemsLikeJames Cotton
Collector's Classics: Seems Like Yesterday

Release Date: 1998 (Canada)

01. I Got You (I Feel Good)
02. There Is Something on Your Mind
03. Money Honey
04. I Don't Know
05. Good Time Charlie
06. It Ain't Right
07. Stormy Monday
08. Work Song
09. Knock on Wood
10. Dealing With the Devil
11. Turn on Your Love Light/Please, Please, Please

(recorded live with Luther Tucker:gtr, Albert Gianquinto:pno, Bobby Anderson:bs, Francis Clay:dms)


LateNightJames Cotton
Collector's Classics: Late Night Blues:
Live At The New Penelope Cafe

Release Date: 1998 (Canada)
Originally Released: 1967


01. Honky Tonk (4:49)
02. Woke up This Morning (4:03)
03. Black Night (3:47)
04. Feelin’ Good (4:54)
05. Mean Old World (5:21)
06. Mother-In-Law Blues (2:59)
07. Every Day I Have The Blues (3:27)
08. Tramp (4:46)
09. Nine Below Zero (4:01)
10. That’s Alright (3:50)
11. Rock Me Baby (3:44)
12. Rocket 88 (5:02)

Recorded live at The New Penelope Café, Montreal, Canada on September 28, 1967. James formed the James Cotton Blues Band in 1967. They mainly performed their own arrangements of popular blues and R&B material from the 1950s and 1960s. Two albums were recorded live in Montreal that year. It was their last set of the nite and James new band was not quite a month old.Francis Clay had just replaced the ailing Sam Lay but they did not miss a beat. This was back when James was in his prime,his voice and harp playing were well seasoned but still clear and strong. (Just A Memory Records 5455 rue Par'e, Suite 001, Montreal (Quebec) Canada H4P 1P7)

“We’re talking about the blues, loud and fast and getting down dirty, we’re talking about James Cotton, a singer, stomper, and harp-player extraordinaire.” ~ New York Daily News

James Cotton - Harp, Vocals
Luther Tucker - Guitar
Bob Anderson - Bass
Francis Clay - Drums
Alberto Gianquinto - Piano

Michael Nerenberg - Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Ivan Gardos - Engineer
Laval Côte - Assistant Producer
Jim West - Executive Producer
Fred Grenon - Digital Editing

(recorded live with Luther Tucker:gtr, Albert Gianquinto:pno, Bobby Anderson:bs, Francis Clay:dms)


beaVarious Artists
Bea & Baby Records presents The Best Of Chicago Blues
Release Date: Jun 17, 1998
Wolf ( Wolf 120.293)
Recording Date: Chicago 09/19/1963

James Cotton tracks:
4. One More Mile 3:04
5 There Must Be A Panic 1:46
16 I'm Your Fool Little Mac Simmons 2:12
17 Let Out Of Jail 2:02

James Cotton (vo, hca)
Little Mac Simmons (vo, hca)
Eddie King (g)
Detroit Jr. (p)
Bob Anderson (b)
Billy Davenport (ds)


1998Various Artists
Blues Story - Vol. 15
Release Date: 1998

1. John Lee Hooker - I Love You Honey
2. Jimmy Reed - Shame, Shame, Shame
3. Ike Turner) - Get It Over Babe
4. Rufus Thomas - Tiger Man
5. The Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day
6. Billy Boy Arnold - I Wish You Would
7. Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88
8. Rosco Gordon - Just A little Bit
9. Willie Nix - Baker Shop Boogie
10. Elmore James - It Hurts Me Too
11. Howlin' Wolf - Highway Man
12. Earl Hooker - Blue Guitar
13. Memphis Slim - Rockin' The house
14. Pinetop Perkins - Pineteop's Boogie Woogie
15. James Cotton - Cotton Crap Blues

Playing Time.........: 00:39:02


VanguardYearsJames Cotton
Best of the Vanguard Years
Release Date: 1999
Label: VANGUARD VCD 79536

01. Cotton Crop Blues
02. The Blues Keep Falling
03. Love Me or Leave Me
04. Rocket 88
05. West Helena Blues
06. River's Invitation
07. Honest I Do
08. Got to Get You off My Mind
09. Coast Blues
10. Next Time You See Me
11. Cut You Loose
12. Ain't Nobody's Business
13. Set a Date
14. Slippin' and Slidin'
15. Negative 10-4
16. Next Time You See Me


goodyJames Cotton
Collector's Classics: It Was a Very Good Year
Release Date: 2001( 02/13/01) (Canada)

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 (believed to be the first year of the band's existence - 1967). 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. Paula Edelstein, All Music Guide

Title Composer Time
1 It Was a Very Good Year (Drake) 3:55
2 Mystery Train (Parker, Phillips) 4:26
3 She's My Baby (Williamson) 2:35
4 One More Mile (Cotton) 3:13
5 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (Dozier, Holland, Holland) 3:43
6 I Can't Quit You Baby (Dixon) 3:43
7 Sweet Sixteen (King, Josea) 7:18
8 Midnight Creeper (Cotton) 8:03
9 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) 4:03
10 You're So Fine (Little Walter) 5:49

(prev. unissued 1960's live recorded at New Penelope Cafe, Montreal with Luther Tucker:gtr, Albert Gianquito:pno, Bobby Anderson:bs, Francis Clay:dms)


CreeperJames Cotton
The Collectors Classics: Midnight Creeper

The Complete 1969 Live Montreal James Cotton Sessions

Release Date: 2002 (9/24/02) (Canada)

01. Intro
02. Honky Tonk
03. Woke Up This Morning
04. Black Night
05. Feelin' Good
06. Mean Old World
07. Mother in Law Blues
08. Every Day I Have the Blues
09. Tramp
10. Nine Below Zero
11. That's Alright
12. Rock Me Baby
13. Rocket 88
14. I Got You (I Feel Good)
15. There Is Something on Your Mind
16. Money Honey
17. I Don't Know
18. Good Time Charlie
19. It Ain't Right
20. Knock on Wood
21. It Was a Very Good Year
22. Mystery Train
23. She's My Baby
24. One More Mile
25. How Sweet It Is
26. I Can't Quit You Baby
27. Sweet Sixteen
28. Midnight Creeper
29. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
30. Stormy Monday
31. Work Song
32. Dealing With the Devil
33. Turn on Your Love Light/Please, Please, Please
34. You're So Fine

(recorded live with Luther Tucker:gtr, Albert Gianquinto:pno, Bobby Anderson:bs, Francis Clay:dms)


Autumn/Winter 2002/2003

Release Date: 2002
Label: Justin Time Justsam 07-2
Country: Canada
Type: CD, Promo, Cardsleeve

1 Susie Arioli Swing Band* - Pennies From Heaven
2 Hugh Ragin - Hugh's Blues
3 Curtis Lundy - Blues For J.A.
4 Jane Bunnett / Dewey Redman / Stanley Cowell - I'm Going To Tell God
5 Rob McConnell Tentet - I'll Never Stop Loving You
6 Oliver Jones & Skip Bey - Girl Talk
7 Carmen Lundy - Perfect Stranger
8 John Stetch - Carpathian Blues
9 Intakto - Milonga Del Amor Perdido
10 Oscar Peterson Trio* - The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
11 François Carrier Trio - As Crazy As
12 Bluiett* - (You're Still) My Girl (In Spite Of Everything)
13 Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir - He Brought Us
14 Bryan Lee - You Better Believe It
15 James Cotton - Everyday I Have The Blues


James Cotton Blues Band
Feelin' Good

Release Date: 2003 (United Kingdom)

Tracks: V-8 Ford Blues / Polly Put The Kettle On / So Glad I'm Living (So Glad You're Mine) / Diggin' My Potatoes / Three Harp Boogie (South Side Boogie) / Turn On Your Lovelight / Good Time Charlie / Something On Your Mind / Don't Start Me Talkin' / Jelly, Jelly / Off The Wall / Feelin' Good / Sweet Sixteen / Knock On Wood / Blues In My Sleep ('Fore Day Blues) / Dealing With The Devil / You Know It Ain't Right / I Need You So Bad (Oh Why) / The Creeper



HDVarious Artists
Harley Davidson Roadhouse Blues
Release Date:

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B0000A0WKJ

15. Take Me Back - James Cotton


James Cotton
Blues Cafe presents:

Release Date:


James Cotton Blues Band
Please, Please
Release Date:
Mojo (Mojo-70026)

1. One More Mile
2. All Walks Of Life
3. Born In Missouri
4. Flip, Flop & Fly
5. Boogie Thang
6. Good Morning Little School Girl
7. Baby Don't You Want To Go
8. Help Me
9. Fanny Mae
10. Please Please


ExtendedJames Cotton Band
Extended Versions
Release Date: 2004 (11/23/04)

01. Flip Flop & Fly
02. Mojo
03. Rocket 88
04. Caldonia
05. Boogie Thing
06. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
07. Help Me
08. Fannie Mae
09. Goodbye My Lady
10. Blow Wind Blow


V-8James Cotton
V-8 Ford Blues

Release Date: 2005 (2/22/05)
Label: FRUIT TREE CD 839

01. Good Time Charlie
02. There Is Something on Your Mind
03. Turn on Your Lovelight
04. Jelly, Jelly
05. South Side Boogie
06. So, Glad I'm Living
07. Diggin' My Potatoes
08. V-8 Ford Blues
09. Polly Put the Kettle On

A Great Collection of Rare Early 1960s Cotton Tracks, Some featuring Elvin Bishop on Guitar and Paul Butterfield on Harmonica.


Various Artists
Blues Legends

Release Date: 2006
Label: Madacy Records

11. Fanny Mae - James Cotton Band


James Cotton
Vanguard Visionaries: James Cotton

Release Date: 2007 (6/12/07)
Label: Vanguard

01. Cotton Crop Blues
02. Rocket 88
03. Cut You Loose
04. Negative I0-4
05. Next Time You See Me
06. The Blues Keep Falling
07. Love Me or Leave Me
08. West Helena Blues
09. Get to Get You off My Mind
10. Honest I Do


James Cottonw
Blues Masters, Vol. 1

Release Date: 2007
Type: digital

1. Good Time Charlie 2:27
2. There Is Something On Your Mind 3:42
3. Turn On Your Lovelight 2:19
4. Jelly Jelly 5:37
5. South Side Boogie 2:35
6. So Glad You're Mine 3:06
7. Diggin' My Potatoes 2:06
8. V-8 Ford Blues 3:57
9. Polly Put the Kettle On 1:46


James Cottonw
Blues Masters, Vol. 2 - Live

Release Date: 2007
Type: digital

1. Off the Wall 2:40
2. Don't Start Me Talking 2:30
3. Dealing With the Devil 4:58
4. The Creeper 4:12
5. You Know It Ain't Right 2:09
6. Feelin' Good 3:10
7. Knock on Wood 2:55
8. Sweet Sixteen 5:33
9. I Need You So Bad 2:14
10. Four Day Blues 5:20


fmJames Cotton
South Side Boogie
Release Date:
Label: Black Cat
Type: -

1 Knock on Wood 2:55
2 Don't Start Me Talkin' 2:36
3 South Side Boogie 2:40
4 Jelly Jelly 5:43
5 The Midnight Creeper 3:43
6 So Glad I'm Living 3:11
7 Good Time Charlie 2:33
ssb28 V-8 Ford Blues 4:02
9 Diggin' My Potatoes 2:12
10 Sweet Sixteen 5:21
11 There's Something on Your Mind 3:50
12 You're the Top 2:42
13 Polly Put the Kettle On 1:50
14 Turn on Your Lovelight 2:23



fmJames Cotton
Fannie Mae
Release Date:
Label: Monaco Entertainment Corporation
Released: Apr 20, 2010
Type: -



fmJames Cotton
How Long Can a Fool Go Wrong
Release Date:
Label: Blues Boulevard
Released: May 10, 2011
Type: -

Electrifying two-album set features one disc of studio cuts and one disc recorded live in concert by James Cotton, a.k.a. Superharp, one of the greatest blues harp players ever.

Track Listings

Disc: 1
1. Boogie Thing
2. One More Mile
3. All Walks of Life
4. Creeper Creeps Again
5. Rocket 88
6. How Long Can a Fool Go Wrong
7. I Don't Know
8. Burner
9. 'Fatuation
10. Fever

Disc: 2
1. Cotton Boogie [Live]
2. One More Mile [Live]
3. All Walks of Life [Live]
4. Born In Missouri [Live]
5. Flip, Flop And Fly [Live]
6. Got My Mojo Workin' [Live]
7. Rocket 88 [Live]
8. Goodbye My Lady [Live]
9. How Long Can a Fool Go Wrong [Live]
10. Next Time You See Me [Live]
11. Boogie Thing [Live]
12. Good Mornin' Lil' School Girl [Live]
13. Oh Baby You Don't Have To Go [Live]
14. Help Me [Live]
15. Fannie Me [Live]
16. Hot 'N' Cold [Live]
17. Teeny Weeny Bit [Live]
18. Blow Wind Blow [Live]



xJames Cotton
Chicago Harp Showdown
Release Date:
Label: Fuel 2000
Released: November 11, 2013
Type: -

2013 release from the Blues great, a collection of 18 carefully selected rarities from the archives of Alligence Records. All tracks remastered from the original tapes.



James Cottonx
The Best of James Cotton

The Alligator Records Years
Release Date: 2014
Label: Alligator Records

Digital Only release

The absolute cream of James Cotton’s Alligator recordings. With his huge, blast-furnace sound, larger-than-life personality, and massive frame, Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Superharp” Cotton is a blues giant in every respect. Cotton has been performing professionally since the age of nine and learned directly from the masters – he toured in the bands of Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. He launched his solo career in the 1960s, releasing almost 30 albums and touring worldwide since then. This collection has over 75 minutes of music, and features studio and live solo material, plus songs from Harp Attack!, Cotton’s history-making collaboration with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch.




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