True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There has always been more to the Johnny Winter story than meets the eye, and if stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style was the very role he was born to fill, he took a while to get there. For starters, he was born in Mississippi, which might explain something, and then grew up in Texas, where he played clarinet before switching over to guitar at the age of 11. Early on he played country before discovering the blues, and realizing there was no money and little future in playing the blues, he turned to studio pop in the early '60s. Times change, though, and by the end of that decade Winter had ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There has always been more to the Johnny Winter story than meets the eye, and if stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style was the very role he was born to fill, he took a while to get there. For starters, he was born in Mississippi, which might explain something, and then grew up in Texas, where he played clarinet before switching over to guitar at the age of 11. Early on he played country before discovering the blues, and realizing there was no money and little future in playing the blues, he turned to studio pop in the early '60s. Times change, though, and by the end of that decade Winter had returned to the blues, where being an amazing electric guitar player with a roaring voice brought him his true calling. That's where this four-disc, 56-track box set picks up the story, the first such set to span the commercial and in-the-public-eye portion of Winter's career, beginning in 1968 and running all the way through to his Roots album, which was released in 2011, deftly drawing on some 27 albums from various labels, including Liberty/Imperial, Columbia, Blue Sky/Epic, Alligator, Point Blank/Virgin, Friday Music, Collectors' Choice Music, Megaforce, and Legacy. It's an impressive catalog of blistering slide runs and manic, propulsive blues shuffles, stomps, and boogies, all delivered with Winter's roar of a voice. Winter's career has made him nothing short of a monument, really, in the postmodern blues world, an iconic player who could take a song like Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" (included here) and make it his own, turning out what is perhaps the definitive version of it in much the same manner that Jimi Hendrix did with Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." It's an apt comparison, really, because although Winter never quite had the theatric flair that Hendrix had (one can't imagine Winter burning a guitar on-stage, for instance), he may have been just as responsible for the idea of modern power blues, and certainly no one has done it longer or done it any better than Johnny Winter. This box set presents a huge slab of that legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837408523
  • Catalog Number: 374085
  • Sales rank: 352

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Luck and Trouble (3:43)
  2. 2 Mean Town Blues (4:28)
  3. 3 Mike Bloomfield's Introduction of Johnny Winter [Live At the Fillmore E (1:04)
  4. 4 It's My Own Fault (10:58)
  5. 5 I'm Yours and I'm Hers (4:30)
  6. 6 Mean Mistreater (3:53)
  7. 7 Dallas (2:46)
  8. 8 Be Careful With a Fool (5:16)
  9. 9 Leland Mississippi Blues (4:51)
  10. 10 Memory Pain (5:29)
  11. 11 Highway 61 Revisited (5:07)
  12. 12 Miss Ann (3:40)
  13. 13 Hustled Down In Texas (3:32)
  14. 14 Black Cat Bone (5:37)
  15. 15 Johnny B. Goode (3:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Eyesight To the Blind (5:03)
  2. 2 Johnny Winter's Intro (0:43)
  3. 3 Prodigal Son (5:12)
  4. 4 Mean Mistreator (5:48)
  5. 5 Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo (3:31)
  6. 6 Guess I'll Go Away (3:26)
  7. 7 On the Limb (3:34)
  8. 8 It's My Own Fault (11:44)
  9. 9 Jumpin' Jack Flash (4:25)
  10. 10 Good Morning Little School Girl (4:40)
  11. 11 Mean Town Blues (17:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Still Alive and Well (3:44)
  2. 2 Rock Me Baby (3:50)
  3. 3 Rock & Roll (4:44)
  4. 4 Rollin' 'Cross the Country (4:32)
  5. 5 Hurtin' So Bad (4:39)
  6. 6 Bad Luck Situation (2:49)
  7. 7 Self Destructive Blues (3:28)
  8. 8 Sweet Papa John (3:10)
  9. 9 Rock & Roll People (2:45)
  10. 10 Harlem Shuffle - Edgar Winter (3:38)
  11. 11 Bony Maronie (6:42)
  12. 12 Roll With Me (4:53)
  13. 13 Tired of Tryin' (3:40)
  14. 14 Tv Mama (3:11)
  15. 15 Walkin' Thru the Park (4:06)
  16. 16 I Done Got Over It - Muddy Waters (6:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 One Step At a Time (3:59)
  2. 2 Honest I Do (4:20)
  3. 3 Nickel Blues (3:33)
  4. 4 Talk is Cheap (3:42)
  5. 5 Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (5:33)
  6. 6 Bon Ton Roulet (4:44)
  7. 7 Don't Take Advantage of Me (5:25)
  8. 8 Master Mechanic (3:38)
  9. 9 Mojo Boogie (4:54)
  10. 10 Stranger Blues (6:55)
  11. 11 Illustrated Man (3:39)
  12. 12 Hard Way (4:00)
  13. 13 Highway 61 Revisited [Live at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Ce (5:12)
  14. 14 Maybellene - Vince Gill (2:48)
  15. 15 Dust My Broom - Derek Trucks (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Drums, Electric Guitar, Harp, Vocals, Slide Guitar, national steel guitar
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
James Cotton Harp
Willie Dixon Acoustic Bass
Big Walter Horton Harp
Casey Jones Drums
Steve Cropper Guitar
Rick Derringer Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dr. John Piano
Dan Hartman Bass, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Al Kooper Organ
Gene Barge Tenor Saxophone
Jim Keltner Drums
Bob Margolin Electric Guitar
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Charles Calmese Electric Bass
Tom Compton Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Edgar Winter Organ, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Tack Piano, Arp Strings
Steve Eisen Baritone Saxophone
Jim Exum Trombone
Anton Fig Drums
Jeff Ganz Bass
Johnny B. Gayden Bass
Vince Gill Guitar
Paul Harris Piano
Randy Jo Hobbs Bass, Percussion, Hand Clapping
Booker T. Jones Organ
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Terry Ogolini Tenor Saxophone
Jon Paris Bass, Harmonica
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Floyd Radford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Pat Ramsey Harp
Chuck Ruff Drums
Pat Rush Guitar
Ken Saydak Piano
Tommy Shannon Bass, Electric Bass
G.E. Smith Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Scott Spray Bass
Tom Strohman Saxophone
Don Tenuto Trumpet
Bobby Torello Drums
Derek Trucks Slide Guitar
"Uncle" John Turner Percussion, Drums
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Lew Del Gatto Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Cresci Drums
Bobby Caldwell Drums
Mike DiMeo Piano
Vito Luizzi Drums
I.P. Sweat Bass
Randy Z Drums
Richard Hughes Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Randy Hobbs Bass, Vocals
Paul Nelson Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Rick Derringer Composer, Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
Dan Hartman Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Al Kooper Producer
John Lennon Composer
Larry Williams Composer
Johnny Winter Composer, Producer
Bob Margolin Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Don DeVito Producer
Edgar Winter Composer
Bruce Iglauer Producer
Robert Johnson Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Jeff Rosen Producer
Dick Shurman Producer
Dave Still Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Shelly Yakus Producer
Al Quaglieri Producer
Richard Penniman Composer
John Lappen Publicity
Brad Tolinski Liner Notes
Federico Ruiz Art Direction
Joe Reagoso Executive Producer
Bill Josey Producer
Rim Kelley Producer
Steve Berkowitz Producer
A.D. Prestage Composer
F. James Composer
Steve Paul Direction, Advisor
Paul Nelson Producer, Executive Producer, Management
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