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Roots

Johnny Winter, Paul NelsonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce
  • ASIN: B005CW5E3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. T-Bone Shuffle (featuring Sonny Landreth)
2. Further On Up The Road (featuring Jimmy Vivino)
3. Done Somebody Wrong (featuring Warren Haynes)
4. Got My Mojo Workin'
5. Last Night (featuring John Popper)
6. Maybellene (featuring Vince Gill)
7. Bright Lights, Big City (featuring Susan Tedeschi)
8. Honky Tonk (featuring Edgar Winter on sax)
9. Dust My Broom (featuring Derek Trucks)
10. Short Fat Fannie (featuring Paul Nelson)
11. Come Back Baby (featuring John Medeski)

Editorial Reviews

Legendary Johnny Winter releases his latest studio album entitled
'Roots'. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to
the blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter's own iconic
signature sound and style. A host of special guests join Winter in
trading licks in honoring Winter's idols. Including Sonny Landreth,
Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks,
Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny's brother Edgar Winter and
among others. Produced by Paul Nelson "Root's" represents a veritable
history of the Blues through it's modern day interpretations of songs
by the genre's most famed elder statesmen performed by some of today's largest musical talents.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny's best album since 1992 September 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I downloaded this album yesterday and was really pleasantly surprised. Being a huge Johnny Winter fan for 25 years or more I have enjoyed but have been disappointed with his last two albums. This album however is no disappointment. Although it lacks his fiery guitar runs of 20 years ago his great vocal growl is back and he sounds like he is having a great time. His guitar playing is still very good and really has that blues feel to it. Although these songs have been done so many times by other artists, Johnny puts his brand on these and make them his own. The guests appearing on this album are of high musical calibre. Johnny let's his guests express themselves throughout and the result is excellent. If you are a Johnny fan, this is a must have.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Winter - Roots September 27, 2011
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It was a truly pleasant surprise to get this disc today. It is refreshing to hear Johnny playing and singing like he's having a great time, and that comes across on each and ever song. For too long I have been disappointed with JW's output and especially his live shows. I was starting to get that sinking feeling that he was through. The songs have been done before so many times, but this disc actually makes them sound fresh. There are so many great players on this disc. Johnny sounds in great voice and playing. It's stinks that there are no liner notes because this CD should have had them. I think Johnny will ge up for an award in 2012. Lets hope so.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter gives us a winner. September 29, 2011
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When Johnny Winter released "I'm A Bluesman" in 2004, critics were brutal-"lost his feral growl, no longer plays speedy solos", etc. The good news is that Johnny's health has improved greatly since that time, and his renewed vigor is apparent in "Roots". Add the production talents of guitarist Paul Nelson, and Winter has given us a winner.

Personally, I love the recent trend of Blues and R&B artists in all star collaborations. The opening track."T-Bone Shuffle" features the incredible talents of slide master Sonny Landreth. "Farther On Up the Road" shows what a fine guitarist Jimmy Vivino is. He has a talent for making good material great, and his ability to elevate the star of the show is second to none (check out his contributions to Shemekia Copeland's first recording, "Turn the Heat Up"). On the Elmore James chestnut "Done Somebody Wrong", Warren Haynes invokes the great Duane Allman in the intro, then steps back while Johnny takes the first solo. The respect these two have for each other is apparent; neither one getting in the others way.

For the harmonica freaks, back to back tracks feature two very accomplished-and very different players. "Got My Mojo Workin'" has been done to death, but Frank Torre of the King Bees blows new life into the well worn standard. John Popper plays what may be his finest recorded solo on "Last Night". Johnny's solo on this cut is sublime.

The album's lone instrumental is Bill Dogett's "Honky Tonk", featuring brother Edgar on sax. They play the melody together and swap solos-nice to hear them work together again. Mike DiMeo adds classic R&B organ while Nelson supports the band with a strong, loping rhythm.

It's hard to pick a favorite track on this CD, but I have to lean toward "Come Back Baby".
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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A wonderful surprise - Johnny Winter & guests have created an album of classics , with heart & soul. I've never heard Johnny sing better ! It's nice to hear an album with guest artists that haven't been homogenized by T-Bone Burnett ! Thank God he's nowhere to be found !! What you get is a a fun, soulful production by Paul Nelson, one of Johnny's longtime cohorts in the Blues . He brings out the best in everyone !!! Buy this cd, you'll be tapping your feet, and singing in no time .
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Alive and Well!! October 2, 2011
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This CD showcases Johnny's amazing guitar playing and shows the renewed strength of his voice. I recently read a blog where the author stated that Johnny's career was over because his playing wasn't as fast as it was thirty years ago. It's obvious that the author is not a guitar player. Speed is not the only factor in making a great guitarist. The tone that he pulls out to the instrument and the subtle melody lines that he plays under his singing are wonderful. That blogger will probably also be disappointed that Johnny no longer is able to leap over Rick Derringer while playing.
This CD also demonstrates another of Winter's assets: Letting the guests and back up players shine. Winter has long been known as being generous in sharing the stage with other players. You can hear the joy in his voice as he sings the songs that influenced him.
If anyone has earned the ability to sing the blues, It's Johnny Winter. Born Albino, legally blind and crosseyed, he managed to make quite a career for himself. He has often times been his own worst enemy:Long bouts with drugs, alcohol allowed a former manager to steal from him. It also gained him the reputation of being unreliable. He's had bouts with major depression, broken his hip and managed to survive it all. He plays over a hundred shows a year and they are mostly sell outs. When the world ends it will be Johnny Winter and the cockroaches. I put my money on Winter.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Johnny Go! September 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This CD should bring Johnny his much deserved grammy! I got this last night, can't get enough, it's number one in rotation! You can hear the joy in his voice he must have felt at the recording sessions...and his unmistakable iconic guitar playing..he is a master of the blues. Everyone needs this CD in their collection. I, for one, am thrilled that Johnny gifted us with this new release!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hey, it's Johnny Winter!!!
Published 7 days ago by Don Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Johnny Winter at his best with all star guests.
Published 8 days ago by Carl W. Sonntag
5.0 out of 5 stars sad that it is his last
every thing I heard it was going to be, sad that it is his last.
Published 14 days ago by john jakino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say except Fuckin A!!!
Published 17 days ago by fred singer
5.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. Johnny
R.I.P. Johnny loved your music from start to finish of your career. Thanks for the tunes through the years.
Published 22 days ago by Texastea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT
Published 24 days ago by steve vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars To All Johnny Winter Fans
Sadly,
Johnny Winter passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Another AXE legend is gone. Three of his albums recorded on the Alligator label "Guitar Slinger", "3rd Degree",... Read more
Published 2 months ago by High Note
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Winter Will Be Missed. Bye-Bye Johnny Guitar.
Until the next posthumous release in Sept. 2014, "Step Back", this will be the last studio album we have of Johnny Winter. I like this collection a lot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BobReviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD!
Published 2 months ago by Terry H. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Still Alive & Well!
I know it's kind of hard to tell, but he's still alive and well!
Love Johnny, love the CD... but Johnny, where's your brother? :)
Published 4 months ago by W. R. Jones
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