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I'm a Bluesman

Johnny Winter, Paul NelsonAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00026WVAE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm A Bluesman
2. Cheatin' Blues
3. I Smell Smoke
4. Lone Wolf
5. So Much Love
6. The Monkey Song
7. Shake Down
8. Sweet Little Baby
9. Pack Your Bags
10. Last Night
11. That Wouldn't Satisfy
12. Sugar Coated Love
13. Let's Start All Over Again

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Product Description

Texas guitar-slinger Johnny Winter bares some of his deepest roots on his first album of new recordings since 1998. In a rare turn on acoustic slide six-string, he performs fellow Lone Star State legend Hop Wilson's "That Wouldn't Satisfy" with the sweet, lovely simplicity of a street corner singer. Then Winter plugs in for Lazy Lester's stomping primal rocker "Sugar Coated Love." But after years of health issues, Winter, who's 60, has lost the roaring vocal authority of his earlier albums and no longer takes dizzying solos at jet speed. Instead, he makes all the notes of a tune like "Lone Wolf" count, whether he's crafting a slide melody or literally howling. "The Monkey Song," a playfully sleazy double-entendre number, proves his sense of humor is intact. And harmonica ace James Montgomery, who recently joined Winter's band, provides perfect accompaniment to Winter's vocal and guitar lines. Ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan keyboardist Reese Wynans also contributes to this overdue addition to Winter's dynamic blues-rock legacy. --Ted Drozdowski

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it July 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this and the re-issue of his first album at roughly the same time. There can be no doubt that he's lost a step or two. As it's already been said, age and illness will do that to anyone. That doesn't mean that this lion in winter still can't muster a roar. A diminished Johnny Winter is still better than seventy five percent of what passes for blues. The guitar playing is now more precise rather than screaming by you at mach two. The vocals don't growl at you like they used to but are very smooth and acceptable. The song selection is generally strong if you leave off "The Monkey Song". Particular favorites of mine include "Lone Wolf", the lone acoustic number "That Wouldn't Satisfy" and "Sugar Coated Love". Don't obsess over the fact Johnny isn't the same as he was thirty years ago, buy the album and be thankful that we still have him around.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Before Stevie Ray Vaughn There Was Johnny Winter! August 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Long before Stevie Ray Vaughn there was Johnny Winter. Johnny Winter's brand of raw Texas blues set the standard for blues players in the seventies and in my opinion he's still one of the best. Throughout the years he's had his ups and downs, but thankfully the man still continues to record and perform. This latest cd "I'm A Bluesman", while not as hard hitting as his classic albums "Progressive Blues Experiment", the self titled "Johnny Winter", "Second Winter" and "Still Alive And Well", it shows Johnny in fine form. His playing is still relatively strong although I felt his playing suffered slightly on a few songs ("Sweet Little Baby" as an example). His slide guitar playing is what I enjoyed the most about "I'm A Bluesman", but overall I found this release more laid back when compared to other albums. There are some excellent songs here such as the self titled "I'm A Bluesman", "I Smell Smoke", "Lone Wolf", So Much Love" and "Sweet Little Baby". If you enjoy listening to the blues then this cd will not disappoint!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Winter Hours... July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge Johnny Winter fan, first and foremost. I knew going in this CD might have some missing qualities, due to what he's gone through the past couple of years.

Consider a palsy that paralyzed his right hand, hip replacement surgery and heaven knows what else, the fact that Winter is alive and still making music is a wonder.

The blazing speed of past recordings is not the same, but it's soulful, gutsy blues guitar...just what I wanted.

Vocally, Winter reminds me of aging blues singers who still had the soul and skill, but it had changed. Winter almost sounds like he had a mild stroke, as his voice doesn't sound as articulate as it once was.

But the band is good, and one thing is for sure--Winter pours everything into it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ***1/2. Good, but not terribly distinctive September 9, 2004
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Well, he is mostly a "blues rock-man" on this album, 60 year old John Dawson Winter III.

This is Winter's first new material in over seven years, a pleasant but not particularly varied set of mid-tempo blues rockers (and one acoustic country blues tune, Harding "Hop" Wilson's "That Wouldn't Satisfy"). His cover of Lazy Lester's "Sugar Coated Love" is really good, and other highlights include a pretty tough "Cheatin' Blues", the aforementioned "That Wouldn't Satisfy", a soulful "I Smell Smoke", and the gritty "Let's Start All Over Again", which features a nice harmonica solo by James Montgomery.
Johnny Winter's voice is a little bit worn, but his guitar playing is tasteful and as accomplished as ever, even if he has slowed down just a bit. I don't mind, though; I prefer a slow burner to a hysterical display of guitar pyrotechnics, and there are a number of really great solos here.

But it's a shame that there aren't a few more really good songs. Not that any of these 13 songs are bad, far from it, but too many of them lack the hooks, riffs, lyrics, whatever, to make you remember them, and too many of them simply sound the same. There are a few standout songs, but not enough of them, and while "I'm A Bluesman" offers a pleasant listen, it is not one that will lodge itself in your brain and refuse to be forgotten like some of Johnny Winter's best albums do. Devotees will still want a listen, though, and while "I'm A Bluesman" may not win Johnny Winter too many new fans, it certainly won't scare anybody away either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JOHNNY'S BACK!!! January 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I just saw Johnny Winter, in concert TONIGHT (1/11/2007) on his first date of his 2007 tour and this man shreaded. He had his legendary chops and his legendary "Johnny growl." I've loved Johnny Winter since the early 70's and I am sad to say that I had almost forgotten about this blues master. I've been playing guitar, full-time professionally for thirty years and after seeing Johnny play tonight I don't feel like ever picking my guitar up again. Yes, I was a little worried when I saw his band walk him out and help him sit down to play. But, once he put his fingers on the strings he was the same Johnny Winter I had always known and loved. Age has taken its toll on his body, but his fingers were lightening fast his lick blisteringly tasteful and when they brought out his legendary Gibson Firebird and pinky slide he WAS in his prime. The man is a master and untouchable as a blues guitarists. Seeing Johnny tonight made Stevie Ray Vaughn (God rest his soul, and he would probably agree with me if he saw Johnny tonight) still in his adolescent days of working towards blues master. Johnny Winter rocked Virginia Beach tonight and defied everything you saw in his diminished physical state. No one can touch Johnny Winter today as a blistering blues guitarist, he was the total master of guitar tonight and created an energy that I've never seen matched by another blues guitarist with the stamina that Johnny possessed tonight.

David Carter - Virginia Beach, VA
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Traditional blues classics very well done !
Published 2 months ago by John D. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars I smell smoke
Somehow I heard I Smell Smoke. Not sure where, probably on XM radio's Bluesville, or maybe on internet radio. You sure don't here this stuff on conventional radio. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leslie Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan since 1969
I started with the album johnny winter got a few more since then this I'm A Bluesman is exactly what it says exceptional album loved it clear precise and relaxing really... Read more
Published 22 months ago by W. Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Title Says It All...
I haven't been playing guitar that long, but as I get into the "blues" gendre, I'm finding more and more "golden nugget blues players"--Johnny Winter is one of 'em. Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by M. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars The real blues...
Many have noted that Johnny is sounding old and tired on this album. I agree, and that's why I think it's one of his very best works. Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Jeffry L. Huber
3.0 out of 5 stars A Must only for the dedicated Johnny loyalist
I waited almost a year after buying this to write a review.

Johnny has been my favorite musician since I was in high school. Read more
Published on May 10, 2008 by wkgs42a
5.0 out of 5 stars back to the roots
johnny steps back into the blues roots with this release. for having age and health issues, he lets it rip on this cd. he is still amazing.
Published on April 8, 2008 by W. Landis
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Alive and playing the Blues
I am amazed at some of the comments posted here. Johnny is 60 plus and not in real good health, I seen him last weekend 9-10-06 at a Blues Fest, and it was sad to see him in such... Read more
Published on September 13, 2006 by K. McCluskey
1.0 out of 5 stars amatuer effort
this is definetely a low water moment for mr winter with this poorly pieced together album.these songs were recorded over a span of 3 years with johnnys poor health slowing down... Read more
Published on April 12, 2006 by mojostrapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Go See Johnny In Person
First off, I do not own this CD. I do own all of Johnny's original releases (no collections) and I have listened to the Amazon sampler of this CD. Read more
Published on December 18, 2005 by Alright Kid
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