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Saints & Sinners
     

Saints & Sinners

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by Johnny Winter
 

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Johnny Winter's sixth Columbia album was also his second since his comeback from drug addiction. Its predecessor, Still Alive and Well, had been his highest charting effort. Saints & Sinners was just as energetically played, but its mixture of material, including '50s rock & roll oldies like Chuck Berry's "Thirty Days,"

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Johnny Winter's sixth Columbia album was also his second since his comeback from drug addiction. Its predecessor, Still Alive and Well, had been his highest charting effort. Saints & Sinners was just as energetically played, but its mixture of material, including '50s rock & roll oldies like Chuck Berry's "Thirty Days," Larry Williams' "Bony Moronie," and Leiber & Stoller's "Riot in Cell Block #9," recent covers like the Rolling Stones' "Stray Cat Blues," and a couple of originals, was more eclectic than inspired. (Van Morrison completists should note that the album also contains Winter's cover of Morrison's "Feedback on Highway 101," a typical bluesy groove song that Morrison recorded for his 1973 Hard Nose the Highway album but dropped. Winter's is the only released recording of the song.) Abetted by the members of the old Johnny Winter Band -- Rick Derringer, Randy Jo Hobbs, and Richard Hughes -- plus his brother Edgar Winter and Dan Hartman, Winter produced forceful hard rock focused on his searing lead guitar runs and rough-edged voice. It was the less-impressive choice of material that kept this collection from matching its predecessor. Originally released in February, 1974, Saints & Sinners was reissued in February, 1996 with the previously unreleased song "Dirty," a Winter original, added. The slide guitar-and-flute track is not consistent with the rest of the album, but it is interesting to hear. Wonder who played the flute?

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972437323
catalogNumber:
724373
Rank:
8242

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Winter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Rick Derringer   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Rhymes,Arp Strings
Dan Hartman   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kansas   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Tasha Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Edgar Winter   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Tack Piano,Arp Strings
Lani Groves   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jo Jo Gunne   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Carl Hall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Jo Hobbs   Bass
Barbara Massey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
John Smith   Saxophone
Jon Smith   Saxophone
Lew Del Gatto   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Caldwell   Percussion,Drums
Sing-Sing Singers   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Richard Hughes   Drums

Technical Credits

Rick Derringer   Producer
Steven Paul   Organic Advisor
Allan Blazek   Engineer
Amy Herot   Reissue Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Bill Szymczyk   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Dan Barbiero   Engineer

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Saints & Sinners 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album after Still alive and well, 1974. 'Stone County' is a cool track! He also does 'Thirty Days' a Chuck Berry tune as well as my ever-favorite Larry Williams song, 'Bony Maronie'! Great album