Second Winter [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Second Winter, Johnny Winter's second album for Columbia, originally had the distinction of being the only album in rock history that was a three-sided double LP. Musically, 35 years after its original release, Second Winter is still an oddity. Issued by Sony's Legacy division, the set has been painstakingly remastered, and expanded by bonus cuts and an entire disc of live material. It's too bluesed-out to be a pure rock record, and too psychedelically dimensioned to be a pure blues album. Tommy Shannon calls it "power blues." And as for whatever else passed for blues-rock at the time -- Cream, Hendrix, Canned Heat, etc. -- forget it. This set is a whole different animal. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Second Winter, Johnny Winter's second album for Columbia, originally had the distinction of being the only album in rock history that was a three-sided double LP. Musically, 35 years after its original release, Second Winter is still an oddity. Issued by Sony's Legacy division, the set has been painstakingly remastered, and expanded by bonus cuts and an entire disc of live material. It's too bluesed-out to be a pure rock record, and too psychedelically dimensioned to be a pure blues album. Tommy Shannon calls it "power blues." And as for whatever else passed for blues-rock at the time -- Cream, Hendrix, Canned Heat, etc. -- forget it. This set is a whole different animal. Cut in Nashville with all tracks begin done within one or two takes, the energy of Second Winter is undeniable. The sheer range of styles Winter assaulted in his restless quest is astonishing too. The set begins with a blues-funk cover of Percy Mayfield's classic "Memory Pain," that adds a wealth of rock sonics to the mix. The same goes for the gritty originals like "I'm Not Sure," with its screaming electric mandolin, and the album's closer "Fast Life Rider." The latter two are textured with Edgar's stellar piano work. Then there's the album's centerpiece, the signature cover of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" with its burning, gut bucket slide work and Winter's bona fide revival of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." Trad Delta blues makes its appearance here as well in "I Love Everybody," as does jump jazz in "I Hate Everybody," both of them with Winter's raucous edge. The original album is buoyed here with a pair of bonus tracks, an instrumental version of Ray Charles' "Tell the Truth," as well as the jump blues classic "Early in the Morning." Disc two in the set is an entire unreleased concert from the Royal Albert Hall in 1970 with the same band The show is a monster showcasing all the fiery craziness of Winter's nearly unbelievable guitar mastery on tracks such as "Mean Town Blues," "Black Cat Bone," "It's My Own Fault," "Tobacco Road," and "Johnny B. Goode." It is also significant for the early performance of Edgar's classic, "Frankenstein" -- it's a very different, and preferable -- version than the one recorded in the studio. All in all, fantastic sound, an excellent package, and good notes by Andy Aledort make this a welcome addition to the classic rock canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998573529
  • Catalog Number: 85735
  • Sales rank: 241

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memory Pain (5:31)
  2. 2 I'm Not Sure (5:21)
  3. 3 The Good Love (4:42)
  4. 4 Slippin' And Slidin' (2:44)
  5. 5 Miss Ann (3:40)
  6. 6 Johnny B. Goode (2:46)
  7. 7 Highway 61 Revisited (5:09)
  8. 8 I Love Everybody (3:48)
  9. 9 Hustled Down In Texas (3:32)
  10. 10 I Hate Everybody (2:33)
  11. 11 Fast Life Rider (7:04)
  12. 12 Early In The Morning (3:49)
  13. 13 Tell The Truth (4:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Help Me (4:58)
  2. 2 Johnny B. Goode (3:40)
  3. 3 Mama Talk To Your Daughter (5:16)
  4. 4 It's My Own Fault (11:59)
  5. 5 Black Cat Bone (5:38)
  6. 6 Mean Town Blues (11:12)
  7. 7 Tobacco Road (11:04)
  8. 8 Frankenstein (9:11)
  9. 9 Tell The Truth (9:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Edgar Winter Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Tommy Shannon Bass
"Uncle" John Turner Percussion, Drums
Dennis Collins Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Little Richard Composer
Johnny Winter Composer, Producer, Author, Audio Production
Albert Collins Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Steven Paul Producer
Alex Atkins Composer
Bob Auger Engineer
Ralph Bass Composer
Edgar Winter Composer
Ed Kollis Engineer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Tommy Shannon Author
James H. Smith Composer
James Smith Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Lowman Pauling Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Jerry Rappaport Producer
Jules Taub Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Andy Aledort Liner Notes
R.C. King Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Leo Hickman Composer
Dennis Collins Composer
D. Collins Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Winterfresh! You Know What You're Getting!

    For those that grew up on the original package of Second Winter(thank you, Columbia Records, where would we have been without you?), which included the odd configeration of 1.5 LPs (one side of one of the records in the double disk set was BLANK), gorgeous photography of a weirdly photogenic albino Texas bluesman, and a ripping collection of scorching and slow blues (including a version of Highway 61 Revisited to challenge Dylan's definitive original), this set adds a live set recorded at the Royal Albert Hall that alone is worth the price of admission. Early versions of Winter brothers staples Tobacco Road and(believe it or not) Frankenstein with brother Edgar in tow add to the high energy fun. A wonderful package, and quite the bargain. See what all the excitement was about!

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