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Johnny Winter (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Blues & Jazz' started by Sox, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. E-Z

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    JOHNNY WINTER is one of my favourite top 10 blues/rock musician's of all time. Personally I liked his more 'rock' orientated material that he played between 1970-1975 when he had either Rick Derringer or Floyd Radford on 2nd guitar but later on in the 1980s, 1990s & 2000s he went a bit to 'blues' orientated for my taste.

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    I totally agree with you. I have every Johnny Winter album I could get my hands on but for the last 2 or 3 Live Bootleg sets. I like him more for his blues material, but when he was rocking he was among the greatest! Awesome rocking album Captured LIve and And Live. The studio Johnny Winter And album was the only one I can think of that did not have a single blues lick on it--great album too.

    How about the early band before Derringer? Tommy Shannon on bass, later playing bass for SRV (BTW, I believe Johnny was way better than SRV but that is personal opinion I guess).

    Johnny and Edgar Together is a cool album, and then Edgar had some really killer albums too! Love Edgars R&B with the White Trash. White Trash Live Roadwork had a few rockers with Rick Derringer in the lead, and an appearance by Johnny himself.

    Saw Johnny live three times (2 when he was doing rock, 1 when he was doing blues). Saw Edgar on the Frankenstein tour.
     
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    Regarding Johnny Winter I also have many of his cds (and a number of vinyl albums as well) of his stuff and with regards to the Captured Live! album/cd in particular that thing 'cooks' from start to finish!!. Captured Live! was released in 1976 but I estimate that the actual recording took place during the summer of 1974 and it may have been released by his record company Blue Sky (a off shoot of Epic records) as a stop gap between his last studio album John Dawson Winter III in 1974 and Nothing But The Blues in 1977 because Johnny had started working as Muddy Waters producer around 1976/77 and he had also shifted to a more straight blues type of guitar player himself during that time.

    Personally I have always thought that Johnny sabotaged his own musical career in going into the more blues direction that he went into during the 1980s, 1990s & 2000s and have always thought that it was a pity that he didn't stay more as a blues/rock guitarist like he was on the Captured Live! album rather than a blues guitarist that he became via his Chicago blues Alligator albums of the 1980s because it is possible that he could have continued playing arena rock stadiums with a 2nd guitarist during the 1980s and into the 1990s and really gathered a large amount of interest world wide.

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    I have a number of Johnny Winter albums (well, CDs) that I bought several years ago for a bargain price, but I never really got into his stuff. Not sure why, dude has a ton of talent, but something about it never really struck a chord with me. I re-discovered a bunch of those CDs in my recent move and listened to a couple. I've been missing out for years. I'm going to have to get them all converted to mp3 at some point so that I can spend more quality time getting to know them better.
     
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    Yes I must admit my interest in Johnny slowly declines from the mid 1980s onwards after he released a number of straight blues albums basically until his death in 2014. From a personal point of view I preferred his more rock orientated albums from the first half of the 1970s such as Johnny Winter And... (1970) Johnny Winter And...Live! (1971) Still Alive And Well (1973) Saints And Sinners (1974) John Dawson Winter III (1974) & Captured Live! (1976). Also after Johnny released Nothing But The Blues (1977) he recorded and released a couple of blues/rock albums called White Hot & Blue (1978) & Rasin Cain (1980) that aren't to bad to listen to before he went and recorded three straight Chicago blues albums in the mid 1980s on Alligator records and from thereafter went deeper into the blues and dropped the rock side of his musical career.

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