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Johnnie B. Bad

Johnnie JohnsonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005IV9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tanqueray
2. Hush Oh Hush
3. Johnnie B. Bad
4. Creek Mud
5. Fault Line Tremor
6. Stepped In What!?
7. Can You Stand It
8. Key To The Highway
9. Blues #572
10. Baby What's Wrong
11. Cow Cow Blues
12. Movin' Out

Editorial Reviews

piano - R&B, blues, jazz, pop, rock

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Johnnie go go go! May 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Johnnie Johnson is simply a fantastic piano player with a style all his own. Let's face facts - It was Johnnie Johnson who wrote such chuck berry classics as Johnny B. good although they were credited to berry for a long time. Finally Johnson decided to strike out on his own 30 years later and we all should be greatful that he did. Johnnie B. bad is his second solo album and it is just great to listen to. His first album, bluehand Johnnie, while filled with hot piano licks, really sounded forced and uninspiring and almost electronic. Finally with this album he got it all together and just played what he wanted to play and everyone who sat in with him to make this record sounds like they are having a great time. for me the standout track is the opener, "Tanqueray." I could just play that song all day long. It has a nice raw sound to it - almost like a spontaneous jam session. The album carries this feel through almost every track so it sounds like you are listening to a group of guys playing the blues just to have some fun, but the piano player just happens to be the one and only Johnnie Johnson. pick this CD up and you will very quickly see why Johnson easily deserves to be a well-respected musician in his own right - Chuck berry or no chuck berry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun R & B I know... September 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The whole album is a celebration. Tons of fun. After once or twice I guarantee you'll be singing along. And after hearing "Stepped in What?" you'll never look at the sidewalk the same way again...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie the Great July 11, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great blues-boogie piano- w/ Clapton and Keith Richards- even a rare Richards SOLO! Johnnie in fine laid-back form. Tanqueray is outstanding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's that cat August 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ever listen to Chuck Berry music, and when hearing the fantastic piano in the background wonder who that cat was?
Here's that cat!
This is an infectious collection of music that's as fun to listen to, as it sounds like it was to record!
After hearing this, I can't wait to get my hands on some more Johnnie Johnson!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A part of American music history December 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It was Keith Richards on Letterman talking about influences, he spoke of hearing a Chuck Berry song and wanted to know first who was singing that song and second ,"who was playing the goddamn piano", this is spelled out in the notes. Having been a Letterman fan for years I remembered that as well as many other musicians Dave and Paul introduced on that stage.
Jimmie Johnson who played piano on all Chuck Berry's hits.
And late in his career Paul Shaffer had him playing with him, and that brought him some recognition. A humble man and I bought
this as he was a great part of Rock and Rolls story.
He gets some help on this CD from a couple Brits, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, there are so many sidemaen who never got recognition. In jazz the sololists at least got a nod, and by the late sixties even rock and blues started listing all the players.
When World War II came along he joined the Marines in 1943, and played in The Special Service Band. It was during this time he got the feeling he wanted to be a professional musician.
Not only did he become a professional but influenced many others. A Iconic musician would not be an overstatement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drummer pipe down October 19, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Great blues and boogie-woogie piano by Johnson, with extra treat of two fine Clapton blues solos and a likeable Keith vocal rasping its way through Key to the HIghway. (Keith was instrumental--no pun-- in Johnson's comeback and late-career recognition. It's worth Googling the touching interview with Richards in Rolling Stone just after Johnson died in 2005.) I wish, though, that the drums were less prominent in the mix. I want to listen to the piano work, but have to listen through the foregrounded whack! whack! whack! of the drums. A good drummer but it wasn't his album and he was suitably functional rather than interesting. Annoying but overall still a fine album.
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