Take It From The Top: Best Of – Available today!

Today is the day – Take It From The Top: Best Of Colin James is available in-stores and on iTunes!

‘Take It From The Top: The Best Of’, is a brand new release that pays tribute to the past & present, with the best rock & pop tracks from Colin James 23 year, 13 album recording career and also serves to celebrate Colin’s return back to the EMI/Virgin Canada roster!

This career and multi-label spanning collection also includes two newly recorded tracks, “It’s Gonna Be Alright“ as well as a very cool cover of the Buddy Miles classic “Them Changes”, that were recently recorded in Vancouver with veteran producer Bob Rock at the helm, reuniting the two after almost twenty years.

Track Listing

  1. Just Came Back
  2. Man’s Gotta Be A Stone
  3. It’s Gonna Be Alright
  4. Five Long Years
  5. Why’d You Lie
  6. Freedom
  7. Into the Mystic
  8. National Steel
  9. Real Stuff
  10. Hide
  11. I’m Losing You
  12. I Hope You’re Happy
  13. Them Changes
  14. Make a Mistake
  15. Voodoo Thing
  16. Keep On Loving Me Baby
  17. Stay

Do you have your copy yet?

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-CJ Team




Colin James has returned to the EMI family to release Take It From The Top: The Best Of.  The album is a collection of the 15 most essential rock tracks from his impressive multi-label career, featuring hits like “Just Came Back” and “Why’d You Lie,” along with two new songs recorded this month with legendary producer Bob Rock (Bon Jovi, The Tragically Hip, Metallica, Michael Buble).

It’s Gonna Be Alright” co-written by Colin, will be released as a single next week and fits perfectly on this album as it destined to become one of his finest rock performances to date.  The other new recording is a cover of the Buddy Miles song “Them Changes,” in which Colin honours this classic, yet brings his own unique flavour to the arrangement.

In 1988, Colin signed with Virgin America and released his debut platinum selling self-titled album worldwide a year later (featuring hit singles “Five Long Years” and “Voodoo Thing“). This was followed by three more albums on Virgin, which garnered him three JUNO Awards.  Since then, nine more albums have been released and Colin has won three additional JUNO Awards and a whopping 16 Maple Blues Awards.  His fanbase and success has been International and resulted in performances on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and stellar reviews in Rolling Stone.

“I am excited and honored to be back with EMI after all these years,” says Colin.  “There is a real sense of coming home here and I can’t wait to get started. Working with Bob Rock on two new songs for the upcoming best of is a hell of a way to begin! Off we go!”

“We proudly welcome Colin home,” comments Deane Cameron, President of EMI Music Canada.  “He is an iconic artist who continues to make important musical contributions to this country’s soundscape.  These new recordings have us very excited.”

My Holidays and 2011 So Far…

Happy new year to all and I hope things have started well for you this year.

We had a super nice relaxed Christmas until around the 28th of December when I went to Maui to meet and play with Mick Fleetwood. He was a real gentleman and I got to play Black Magic Women and Shake Your Money Maker with him and his band at a show in Lanai, and a couple days later at a  New Years charity show featuring…. wait for it….Mick Fleetwood and Band, 2 Doobie Brothers, 1 Nickleback , Alice Cooper, James Hetfield of Metallica , …..oh yeah….. and me. I also met Mick Fleetwood’s mother which was a huge honor.

We might have a chance to play some more music down the line so it was great to finally get together. Guess we’ll see what happens there. After that I got to hang out a bit , get some sun, and road biked almost everyday .

Then it was right back to work here in Vancouver where I got to record a couple songs with Bob Rock.
It was a blast to work again with Bob after so many years. He lends a super chill vibe in the studio and gets fantastic guitar sounds. We had some vintage 60’s Marshall heads and my trusty Matchless as well. Also used my brand new black custom shop 59’ reissue strat for the first time which has kind of become my temporary fave. (It’s awesome!)

My blue guitars are jealous.

Stay tuned for a special announcement on Monday January 24th regarding those new songs!

So that’s all for now,

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Colin James Nominated for THREE Western Canadian Music Awards!!

Colin has been nominated for the following Western Canadian Music Awards:

Blues Recording of the Year
Colin James – Rooftops and Satellites – B.C.
David Gogo – Different Views – B.C.
Jim Byrnes – My Walking Stick – B.C.
Rich Hope & His Evil Doers – Rich Hope Is Gonna Whip It On Ya – B.C.
The Jimmy Zee Band – Devil Take Me Down – B.C.

Independent Album of the Year
Colin James – Rooftops and Satellites – B.C.
Corb Lund – Losin’ Lately Gambler – AB
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.
Dojo Workhorse – Weapons Grade Romantic – AB
Library Voices – Denim On Denim – SK

Songwriter of the Year
Colin James – B.C.
Corb Lund – AB
Dan Mangan – B.C.
Doc Walker (Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, and Murray Pulver) – MB
Dustin Bentall – B.C.
The Weakerthans (John K Samson and The Weakerthans) – MB

Check out the other categories and nominees HERE.


I just got back from Norway and the Notodden Blues Festival. It was really great and I saw the great Solomon Burke and Lazy Lester as well as Tommy Castro and a host of other bands from all over the world. This town(Notodden) and Norway are very passionate about their blues and soul music and I had a great time sitting in with Downchild Blues Band. Great guys.

Got to know Lazy Lester a bit and he is really an interesting and talented guy. Of course he wrote “I Hear You Knocking” and “Sugar Coated Love,” that the Fab T’s covered years ago – and at the age of 77 is rocking harder than people half his age. We sat around singing old Ray Price and Buck Owens songs of all things and it was an amazing experience.

Solomon Burke sang ,”If You Need Me”, which I covered on LBB 3. He was fantastic…. what a singer!!!!

Had major jet lag but hopefully sowed the seeds for some future work in Norway and Europe down the line.

Talk soon,
Colin James
ps I just got a brand new Sonic Blue Telecaster from the Fender Custom shop and think it will be an awesome guitar. It’s soooooooooooo beautiful!!!