Nothin But the Blues/White, Hot and Blue

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
BGO Records continues its series of two-fer CD reissues of Johnny Winter's Columbia and Blue Sky LPs with this combination of two successive albums, 1977's Nothin' But the Blues and 1978's White, Hot & Blue. Both discs were informed by Winter's involvement with Muddy Waters, for whom he produced comeback albums prior to each of his own efforts, 1977's Hard Again and 1978's I'm Ready. After the Grammy-winning Hard Again, Winter toured with Waters, and when he came to make Nothin' But the Blues, he recruited Waters and his band as sidemen. Waters only made a vocal contribution, singing "Walking Thru the Park." Thus, Winter performed with harmonica player James Cotton...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
BGO Records continues its series of two-fer CD reissues of Johnny Winter's Columbia and Blue Sky LPs with this combination of two successive albums, 1977's Nothin' But the Blues and 1978's White, Hot & Blue. Both discs were informed by Winter's involvement with Muddy Waters, for whom he produced comeback albums prior to each of his own efforts, 1977's Hard Again and 1978's I'm Ready. After the Grammy-winning Hard Again, Winter toured with Waters, and when he came to make Nothin' But the Blues, he recruited Waters and his band as sidemen. Waters only made a vocal contribution, singing "Walking Thru the Park." Thus, Winter performed with harmonica player James Cotton and pianist Pinetop Perkins, among others. The result, as the title had it, was a Chicago-style blues session, a far cry from the blues-rock Winter had been putting on his Columbia/Blue Sky albums in an attempt to justify the label's view of him as a rock star. On White, Hot & Blue, he was not leading Waters' band yet again, but he was still playing in a Waters-like Chicago blues mode for the most part. This time, the backup band consisted of Winter's old Texas compatriot I.P. Sweat on bass and Bobby Torello on drums, although Pat Ramsey got so much space for harmonica playing that he practically deserved co-billing on the LP. Winter was credited for three original songs, "Slidin' In," "One Step at a Time," and "Nickel Blues," but there wasn't much original about them; they were standard blues tunes, with "Slidin' In" in 12-bar form, "One Step at a Time" in Chicago style, and "Nickel Blues" an acoustic folk-blues number. Maybe Winter wrote some new lyrics, but even those sounded mostly familiar. No matter. The spirited playing heard on the Waters albums carried over here, too. Edgar Winter sat in on piano on "Nickel Blues," doing his best Pinetop Perkins. Taj Mahal's "E-Z Rider" was rendered as a Rolling Stones-style rocker, but otherwise this was another blues-filled album, and it retained the glow of a comeback that may have been designed for Muddy Waters, but spilled over to Johnny Winter, too. Thus, the pairing of the two successive albums on a single CD is fitting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2007
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261207524
  • Catalog Number: 752
  • Sales rank: 40,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tired of Tryin' (3:41)
  2. 2 TV Mama (3:11)
  3. 3 Sweet Love and Evil Women (2:57)
  4. 4 Everybody's Blues (4:21)
  5. 5 Drinkin' Blues (3:40)
  6. 6 Mad Blues (4:08)
  7. 7 It Was Rainin' (5:06)
  8. 8 Bladie Mae (3:38)
  9. 9 Walking Thru the Park (4:08)
  10. 10 Walking by Myself (3:28)
  11. 11 Slidin' In (5:04)
  12. 12 Divin' Duck (3:27)
  13. 13 One Step at a Time (3:59)
  14. 14 Nickel Blues (3:33)
  15. 15 E-Z Rider (4:01)
  16. 16 Last Night (5:36)
  17. 17 Messin' with the Kid (2:54)
  18. 18 Honest I Do (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
James Cotton Harmonica
Bob Margolin Electric Guitar
Charles Calmese Electric Bass
Edgar Winter Piano
Muddy Waters Vocals
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Pat Ramsey Harp
Pat Rush Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Bobby Torello Drums
I.P. Sweat Bass Guitar
Pat Ramsey Harmonica
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Composer
Johnny Winter Producer, Author, Audio Production
Steven Paul Director, Organic Advisor
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dave Still Engineer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
John Tobler Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Johnny Winter: Nothin But The Blues / White, Hot and Blue

    If you are a blues, Johnny Winter, or Muddy Waters fan, you should own this set. Nothin But The Blues was Johnny recording with Muddy Waters best band, the lineup that was on the albums Johnny produced for Muddy in the 70s. The band has that sound that made those Muddy albums sooooo good, plus Johnny singing and playing not the power blues that made him famous, but more suited to this band. GREAT blues.
    White, Hot and Blue is my favorite Johnny album, and I have them all. Released in 77 or 78, it is not Johnny playing blisteringly fast, but VERY good. The song choices are good too; Last Night, Easy Rider, Jimmy Reeds Honest I do (a duet with Edgar) and others. If you like Johnny, or guitar blues, get this set.

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