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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On the back cover of Captured Live!, Johnny Winter's second live album (following 1971's Live Johnny Winter And), Winter is pictured with his band (second guitarist Floyd Radford, bass player Randy Jo Hobbs, and drummer Richard Hughes) from the back, playing before a giant, open-air sports stadium full of fans. The photograph is not identified, leaving the impression, along with the large cheering heard on the LP itself, that Winter was headlining such a venue -- but he couldn't have been, because he isn't that big a name. He must have been performing as part of a festival or opening for an act that can fill stadiums, like the Rolling Stones. The photograph ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On the back cover of Captured Live!, Johnny Winter's second live album (following 1971's Live Johnny Winter And), Winter is pictured with his band (second guitarist Floyd Radford, bass player Randy Jo Hobbs, and drummer Richard Hughes) from the back, playing before a giant, open-air sports stadium full of fans. The photograph is not identified, leaving the impression, along with the large cheering heard on the LP itself, that Winter was headlining such a venue -- but he couldn't have been, because he isn't that big a name. He must have been performing as part of a festival or opening for an act that can fill stadiums, like the Rolling Stones. The photograph encapsulates the dilemma of Johnny Winter's career, seven years after he signed a lucrative contract with CBS Records (his discs are now issued by its Blue Sky subsidiary). His early renown came as a fleet-fingered blues guitarist, but the music industry pitched him as a potential superstar performer. Instead, Live Johnny Winter And has turned out to be his only gold album, and he remains a fleet-fingered guitarist, as usual playing rock & roll as well as blues. One reason he hasn't satisfied the potential the business people saw in him probably is that he hasn't turned out to be a songwriter; here, the only song credited to him is the 12-and-a-half-minute slow blues number "Sweet Papa John" that closes the disc. Otherwise, he plays the standards "Bony Moronie," "It's All Over Now," and "Highway 61 Revisited," as well as songs written for him by his old bandmate Rick Derringer ("Roll with Me") and John Lennon ("Rock & Roll People"). All the songs are basically vehicles for his guitar playing, sometimes performed in unison with Radford. Winter plays fast, filling up measures with torrents of notes that must impress any guitar fan, and he earns the big cheers heard in between numbers. It's no surprise that his biggest seller is a live album, and this one is another accomplished effort. But there's nothing on it to suggest that he will ever sell out a huge stadium on his name alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/19/1989
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643394420
  • Catalog Number: 33944

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Randy Jo Hobbs Bass, Background Vocals
Floyd Radford Guitar
Richard Hughes Drums
Technical Credits
Larry Williams Composer
Johnny Winter Producer
Steven Paul Contributor, Organic Advisor
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ray Thompson Engineer
Shelly Yakus Engineer, Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Always something special in a live Johnny Winter album.

    This is one of his best and is a great companion to the "Johnny Winter And - Live" CD. Johnny has never lost touch with the heart of Rock N Roll and he is always a joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one of the best 'Live' albums I own!

    This was the first Johnny Winter album that I really ever got, and it was really worth it! My favorite songs are probably Bony Moronie and Highway 61 Revisited, but all of the songs are great. It is well worth the time and money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The concert was great!! The album just like it!!

    I saw Johnny in concert in 1977 (Mobile, AL) with this particular incarnation of the Johnny Winter band. Floyd Radford is an excellent guitarist and complements Johnny's slide guitar style very well. This album captures the Johnny Winter ''experience'' live very well, and I guarantee you'll enjoy it.

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