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Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the April 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
When an international weekly magazine calls a musician the "white pope of
black art", then it sounds suspiciously like charitableness towards a blues
musician in his prime, whose good years are in the past. As if! In the case of
Johnny Winter, the reviews of his 2011 tour were just as glowing as in his early
years, when Rolling Stone magazine described the gaunt Mississippi bard as "a
cross-eyed albino with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest fluid blues
guitar you have ever heard". Intentional or not: Winter was able to win for
himself some of the "rocker" laurels that were reserved for the young Eric
Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. But Winter let everyone know that he was only
interested in the blues, gutsy, evoking Howlin’ Wolf’s and Muddy Waters'
growling groove, yet nimble-fingered enough on the strings to conjure up
astoundingly sleek garlands of sound that fit precisely into each bar of music.
Winter remains pretty cool when people attempt to identify personal afflictions
in his music: "When I play blues, I feel good," he stated recently to a
journalist. That the same goes for over 40 years ago is substantiated by both
sides of this debut album.
Winter's debut album for Columbia was also arguably his bluesiest and best. Straight out of Texas with a hot trio, Winter made blues-rock music for the angels, tearing up a cheap Fender guitar with total abandon on tracks like "I'm Yours and I'm Hers," "Leland Mississippi Blues," and perhaps the slow blues moment to die for on this set, B.B. King's "Be Careful with a Fool." Winter's playing and vocals have yet to become mannered or clichéd on this session, and if you've ever wondered what the fuss is all about, here's the best place to check out his true legacy. - All Music
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Johnny Winter, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Edgar Winter, piano, alto saxophone
Albert Wynn Butler, tenor saxophone
Karl Garin, trumpet
Norman Ray, baritone saxophone
Walter Shakey Horton, harmonica
Willie Dixon, bass
Tommy Shannon, bass
Uncle John Turner, drums, percussion
1. I'm Yours And I'm Hers
2. Be Careful With A Fool
4. Mean Mistreater
1. Leland Mississippi Blues
2. Good Morning Little School Girl
3. When You Got A Good Friend
4. I'll Drown In My Tears
5. Back Door Friend