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Johnny Winter, Paul NelsonVinyl
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  • Vinyl (September 2, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unchain My Heart (feat. Blues Brothers Horns)
2. Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) [feat. Ben Harper]
3. Don't Want No Woman (feat. Eric Clapton)
4. Killing Floor (feat. Paul Nelson)
5. Who Do You Love
6. Okie Dokie Stomp (feat. Brian Setzer)
7. Where Can You Be (feat. Billy Gibbons)
8. Sweet Sixteen (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
9. Death Letter
10. My Babe (feat. Jason Ricci)
11. Long Tall Sally (feat. Leslie West)
12. Mojo Hand (feat. Joe Perry)
13. Blue Monday (feat. Dr. John)

Editorial Reviews

Johnny Winter releases perhaps his greatest album on September 2nd, 2014! Step Back features and amazing list of musical guests and takes Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues... one that helped shape the musical icon.

Produced by Paul Nelson, Step Back showcases classic songs that were inspiring to Johnny Winter. This man, Johnny Winter, remains as vibrant as ever.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong send-off from the Texas Tornado September 2, 2014
By thxman
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
*Note: this is a review of the vinyl LP.*

I'm a big blues fan, though not terribly fond of the blues-rock subgenre. But Johnny Winter is the exception -- he was one of the first blues-rock guitar slingers, and IMO, the best. Receiving the album in the mail was bittersweet for me. I preordered his new record and a day later I learned he had passed. RIP to the Texas Tornado.

So anyway, how's the music? Overall, I'm impressed. Johnny's voice has aged well. He sounds almost like an entirely different person when compared to his earlier music, but it's not off-putting in the least. He simply sounds older and wiser. His guitar playing, of course, is the classic Johnny we know and love. The album does start off on a relatively weak spot with a rather generic and over-produced version of "Unchain My Heart", but we get into the groove quickly after. "Don't Want No Woman" w/Eric Clapton is quite good. Clapton's contribution is minimal actually, so that may put a few diehard Clapton fans off but I think it works well.

Other highlights for me are "Where Can You Be" w/Billy Gibbons (some fantastic ZZ riffs -- you can tell it's Billy right away), the high-energy guitar dueling w/Brian Setzer on the instrumental "Okie Dokie Stomp" with Setzer's big band as the backdrop, and a wonderful version of the BB King standard "Sweet Sixteen". This last one features some truly fantastic guitar work from Joe Bonamassa, who I regrettably had been rather dismissive towards, but I now have a new respect for the young player.

While Johnny was known primarily for his electric guitar theatrics, I've always liked him best when he brought out the steel-body resonator. Therefore my favorite track on the album is his solo cover of Son House's "Death Letter".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fitting tribute to a guitar legend September 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i was a kid when i first heard johnny winter back in the early 70's. he was playing some blistering guitar and there was no mistaking his powerful playing and stage presence in concert. to me back then he was 100 percent rock and roll. songs like 'bony maronie', 'highway 61', 'mean town blues' and 'it's my own fault' are what i remember best and his band was amazing. bobby caldwell, randy jo hobbs, and rick derringer were the cream of the crop and put together, is what legends are made from. over the years johnny evolved through many chapters and some of my favorite later stuff he did was straight up blues with that signature slide guitar;; which is why i enjoy this cd so much. not only do we get some really nice variety here, a fine cross section of many of johnny's favorite sounds, we are also treated to some of johnny's many lifelong friends and fellow musicians. this is a who's who of people he played with over the years and a pleasure for us fans to enjoy now. johnny's voice still sounds pretty darn good and his songs here with eric clapton, billy gibbons, and leslie west are awesome and a fitting testament to johnny's legacy. the real surprises are 'killing floor' with paul nelson [nice blues harp playing by frank 'kingbee' latorre] 'mojo hand' with joe perry, 'okie dokie stomp' with brian setzer, and 'my baby' with jason ricci which feature outstanding guitar playing. the entire cd is a fine sampling of johnny's later day sound, and a cd any fan will want to have and hear. i only hope there will be more of his music coming , and they include some of his work with brother edgar.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Winter's Final Helping Of His Musical Feast September 4, 2014
When Johnny Winter passed away this summer? I will admit to feeling a bit bad that I hadn't explored his music to the degree that I had his more jazz and funk focused brother Edgar. The blues rock sound he championed is so ubiquitous where I live? It's a bit easy to take for granted. Especially when it comes to the genres most talented instrumentalists. And all the while I knew full well Johnny was one of them. What turned out to be his final album was an extension on his previous one Roots four years earlier-bring in some of the most talented musicians and singers (many of whom are totally new to me,not being an avid follower of the blues scene) and recorded songs that inspired him musically. On that level? And being aware of this man's talents as a player? This is an excellent way to conclude his musical legacy.

"Unchain My Heart" is my personal favorite here-an uptempo,soulful stomp with the Blues Brothers Horns. "Killing Floor" with Paul Nelson (one of the people I've never heard of on this album) takes that sound to a very funk oriented place. "Who Do You Love","Okie Dokie Stomp" and of course Little Richard's classic "Long Tall Sally" very much showcase that important link between rockabilly and jump blues that came together to form the original rock 'n' roll blueprint. "Death Letter" is a stripped back,more acoustically oriented blues. All of the rest of the songs in "Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby),"Don't Want No Woman","Where Can You Be","Sweet Sixteen","My Baby","Mojo Hand" and the closer "Blues Monday" are all sleek electric blues shuffles-placing emphasis on Johnny's soloing and some spirited,heartfelt vocal interpretations of the lyrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 hours ago by ronald r. cox jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Winter's playing is very good as are his guest
For the most part a very solid recording. Almost didn't recognize Winter's vocals, sounds about an octave lower than on his first cd. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Steven L Kruppner
5.0 out of 5 stars is perfect from beginning to end
This c.d. is perfect from beginning to end. The blues the way they were meant to be played !!!
Published 6 hours ago by Merle brewster
5.0 out of 5 stars Step Back
Johnny Winter, what more needs to be said.
Published 9 hours ago by V. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is so great and embodies Johnny's love and talent for the...
I've been a Johnny Winter fan since I heard his Second Winter album when I was a kid and saw him live many times. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic last album from our dear Johnny!
Published 11 hours ago by Lars Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of people let alone the excellence of Johnny ...
Great compilation of people let alone the excellence of Johnny himself. My early days go back to the 60's with him, he has just gotten better every year. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Stuart Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Rock
Great Music!
Published 12 hours ago by Bill W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 hours ago by Luann Ferrari
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome. I hate that this is his last one Johnny winter was an awesome blues giant
Published 13 hours ago by George Roberts
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