Step Back

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All Music Guide
Step Back is the last album that blues guitarist Johnny Winter recorded before he sadly passed away in July 2014. Featuring a whole host of special guests, including Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Dr. John, Ben Harper, and more, this is an album packed with vintage traditional blues and is a fitting farewell to a legendary musician. ~ Aneet Nijjar
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style and a roaring voice was the very role Johnny Winter was born to fill. He released nearly 30 albums of blues and blues-rock in his 40-plus-decade career, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Step Back is the last album that blues guitarist Johnny Winter recorded before he sadly passed away in July 2014. Featuring a whole host of special guests, including Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Dr. John, Ben Harper, and more, this is an album packed with vintage traditional blues and is a fitting farewell to a legendary musician. ~ Aneet Nijjar
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style and a roaring voice was the very role Johnny Winter was born to fill. He released nearly 30 albums of blues and blues-rock in his 40-plus-decade career, and delivered countless memorable concerts as well. His death in the summer of 2014 at the age of 70 left an unfillable void in the international blues community. Step Back is his final studio album, and it follows his 2011 release Roots in paying tribute to his various blues influences, and, like Roots, it is essentially a series of duets with all-star guests, with Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer, and Joe Bonnamassa helping out this time around. Produced by Winter's guitarist, Paul Nelson, the album is full of gritty, soaring guitar, the kind of straightforward blues-rock style Winter has always been known for, and it's obvious over his last two albums that Winter still found joy and excitement in it all, and he went out playing perhaps as well as he ever had, having learned the nuances of these classic blues songs inside and out. Highlights here include versions of Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand" (with Aerosmith's Joe Perry), Bobby Bland's "Don't Want No Woman" (with Eric Clapton), Fats Domino's "Blue Monday" (with Dr. John), and Gatemouth Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp" (with Brian Setzer), and even with all the guests, it's still Winter's show. Nothing here is innovative or particularly startling, though, but it's all solid, and it's comforting to know that Winter went out in peace with the blues and his legacy, and most importantly, without his skills diminishing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2014
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286216964
  • Catalog Number: 1696
  • Sales rank: 577

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unchain My Heart - The Blues Brothers Horns (3:14)
  2. 2 Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby) - Ben Harper (4:08)
  3. 3 Don't Want No Woman - Eric Clapton (3:06)
  4. 4 Killing Floor - Paul Nelson (4:28)
  5. 5 Who Do You Love (2:51)
  6. 6 Okie Dokie Stomp - The Blues Brothers Horns (2:57)
  7. 7 Where Can You Be - Billy Gibbons (3:57)
  8. 8 Sweet Sixteen - The Blues Brothers Horns (7:57)
  9. 9 Death Letter (3:39)
  10. 10 My Babe - Jason Ricci (4:25)
  11. 11 Long Tall Sally - Leslie West (2:52)
  12. 12 Mojo Hand (3:49)
  13. 13 Blue Monday - The Blues Brothers Horns (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Dr. John Piano
Joe Perry Guitar
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone
Brian Setzer Guitar
Eric Clapton Guitar
Billy Gibbons Guitar
Ben Harper Vocals, Slide Guitar
Lou Marini Tenor Saxophone
Scott Spray Bass
Leslie West Guitar
Don Harris Trumpet
Joe Meo Alto Saxophone
Mike DiMeo Piano, Hammond B3
Frank Latorre Harp
Meredith DiMenna Background Vocals
Jason Ricci Harp
Tom Curiale Drums
Wendy Brown-Rashad Background Vocals
Shauna Jackson Background Vocals
Paul Nelson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Fills
Cynthia Tharpe Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Michael Weintrob Cover Photo
Stephen Jensen Art Direction
Paul Nelson Producer
Marty Tremme Band Photo
Brendan Muldonney Engineer
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