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Encyclopedia > National Steel (album)
National Steel
National Steel
CD by Colin James
Released October 8, 1997
Recorded 1997 (?)
Genre Blues
Length 50 min 41 sec
Record label Warner Music Canada
Producers Colin James, Colin Linden
Professional reviews
All Music Guide 3/5 link (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Avkja7i41g7dr)
ARTISTdirect 3/5 link (http://www.artistdirect.com/store/artist/album/0,,366197,00.html)
Colin James Chronology
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Colin James and the Little Big Band II

National Steel is a blues album by Canadian musician Colin James, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). The album was recorded at Rat's Ass Studios and Mushroom Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia and mastered at MasterDisk in New York City.

James teams up with his longtime friend Colin Linden to record a predominantly acoustic album running the gamut from delta blues, to jug band and Chicago blues. The album covers songs written by some of the greatest bluesmen including Otis Redding, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon. The CD liner notes offer a brief commentary by James on many of the tracks.

National Steel earned James the 1998 Juno Award for "Best Blues Album".

Track listing

  1. "Shout Baby Shout" (Rachell) - 3:15
  2. "Rollin' Stone" (Waters) - 3:21
  3. "National Steel" (James/Burgess/Ward) - 4:52
  4. "These Arms Of Mine" (Redding) - 4:44
  5. "Going Up To The Country" (Mahal) - 4:11
  6. "Fixin' To Die" (Bukka White) - 4:28
  7. "Somebody Have Mercy" (Cooke) - 3:32
  8. "Postman's Sack" (Bradshaw) - 1:40
  9. "Please Baby" (Chatmon) - 3:41
  10. "Ride & Roll" (McGhee) - 2:39
  11. "I Live The Life I Love" (Dixon) - 3:39
  12. "My Mind Is On Vacation" (Allison) - 3:34
  13. "Before The Dawn" (Linden) - 4:24
  14. "Kind-Hearted Woman" (Johnson) - 2:41


  • Colin James - vocals, guitars
  • Colin Linden - acoustic and slide guitars, mandolin, background vocals
  • Norm Fisher - bass
  • Chris Norquist - drums and percussion

External link

  • National Steel (http://www.colinjames.com/index_sub.cfm?pg=discography&album=nationalsteel)



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