Hot Just Like TNT

Hot Just Like TNT

by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
     
 
This generous serving of 28 tracks focuses on Watson's mid-1950s recordings (both released and unissued) for RPM, throwing in some songs by singers Devonia Williams, Jeannie Barnes, and Crodella de Milo (on whose songs he was accompanist); a couple of 1957-58 singles for Keen; and some previously unavailable

Overview

This generous serving of 28 tracks focuses on Watson's mid-1950s recordings (both released and unissued) for RPM, throwing in some songs by singers Devonia Williams, Jeannie Barnes, and Crodella de Milo (on whose songs he was accompanist); a couple of 1957-58 singles for Keen; and some previously unavailable tracks he recorded for Johnny Otis, probably dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s. This is worthwhile for fans of Watson in particular as well as fans of the R&B-blues crossover sound of the '50s in general. It's a patchy set, however, in which Watson and his associates try on several different styles for size, but not always with memorable success. Watson's stinging guitar is satisfying on cuts like "Hot Little Mama," and one can tell that it was probably played at a volume that challenged the limitations of 1950s engineering technology; but his playing is sometimes less to the fore in the arrangement than is desirable. For the most part, the material is adequate but not exciting. Sometimes it follows the lead of Watson's avowed hero Ray Charles, while other times it is shaded with doo wop and New Orleans R&B. On the Keen tracks he ventures into Larry Willliams-styled rock; on "Gangster of Love" (one of the standouts on the disc), he accomplishes swinging and boasting first-person-narrative blues. The tunes certainly aren't as impressive as the instrumental skills of Watson and the RPM/Modern house bands overseen by Maxwell Davis. Among the tracks, one will find the 1956 single "Three Hours Past Midnight" -- a slow blues that, according to the liner notes, the teenaged Frank Zappa considered "his number one record which had a big influence on his own guitar playing."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/1996
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667162128
catalogNumber:
621
Rank:
108314

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Devonia Williams   Vocals
Jeannie Barnes   Vocals
Cordella DeMilo   Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
James Booker   Composer
Mercy Dee Walton   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Composer
Ray Topping   Liner Notes
Johnny Vincent   Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Chet de Milo   Composer
Cordella DeMilo   Composer

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