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True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story [Box set]

Johnny Winter Audio CD
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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Bad Luck And TroubleJohnny Winter 3:41Album Only
listen  2. Mean Town BluesJohnny Winter 4:27Album Only
listen  3. Mike Bloomfield's Introduction Of Johnny Winter (Live)Mike Bloomfield 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's My Own Fault (Live)Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper feat. Johnny Winter10:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'm Yours And I'm HersJohnny Winter 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mean MistreaterJohnny Winter 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. DallasJohnny Winter 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Be Careful With A FoolJohnny Winter 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Leland Mississippi Blues (Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair)Johnny Winter 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Memory PainJohnny Winter 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Highway 61 RevisitedJohnny Winter 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Miss AnnJohnny Winter 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Hustled Down In TexasJohnny Winter 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Black Cat Bone (Live)Johnny Winter 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Johnny B. Goode (Live)Johnny Winter 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Eyesight To The Blind (Live)Johnny Winter 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Johnny Winter's Intro (Live)Johnny Winter0:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prodigal Son (Live)Johnny Winter 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mean Mistreater (Live)Johnny Winter 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rock and Roll, Hoochie KooJohnny Winter 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Guess I'll Go AwayJohnny Winter 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. On The LimbJohnny Winter 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. It's My Own Fault (Live)Johnny Winter11:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Jumpin' Jack Flash (Live)Johnny Winter 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Good Morning Little School Girl (Live)Johnny Winter 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mean Town Blues (Live)Johnny Winter17:30$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Still Alive And WellJohnny Winter 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rock Me BabyJohnny Winter 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rock & RollJohnny Winter 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rollin' 'Cross Tthe CountryJohnny Winter 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hurtin' So BadJohnny Winter 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bad Luck SituationJohnny Winter 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Self Destructive BluesJohnny Winter 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sweet Papa JohnJohnny Winter 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rock & Roll PeopleJohnny Winter 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Harlem Shuffle (Live)Edgar Winter & Johnny Winter 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bony Moronie (Live)Johnny Winter 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Roll With Me (Live)Johnny Winter 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tired Of Tryin'Johnny Winter 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. TV MamaJohnny Winter 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Walkin' Thru the ParkJohnny Winter 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Done Got Over ItJohnny Winter with Muddy Waters & James Cotton 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. One Step At A TimeJohnny Winter 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Honest I DoJohnny Winter 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Nickel BluesJohnny Winter 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Talk Is CheapJohnny Winter 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wolf In Sheep's ClothingJohnny Winter 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bon Ton RouletJohnny Winter 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Don't Take Advantage Of MeJohnny Winter 5:24Album Only
listen  8. Master MechanicJohnny Winter 3:37Album Only
listen  9. Mojo BoogieJohnny Winter 4:52Album Only
listen10. Stranger Blues (Live)Johnny Winter 6:55Album Only
listen11. Illustrated ManJohnny Winter 3:38Album Only
listen12. Hard WayJohnny Winter 3:59Album Only
listen13. Highway 61 Revisited (Live)Johnny Winter 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. MaybelleneJohnny Winter & Vince Gill 2:46Album Only
listen15. Dust My BroomJohnny Winter & Derek Trucks 6:01Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B00GSGT7G8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Halfway between the British blues revival of the '60s and the southern rock renaissance of the '70s, the six-stringed genius of Johnny Winter has caught countless of listeners by the ears, from Houston to Woodstock and beyond. His high-energy approach to the blues - reverent to tradition but fiercely of a style all his own - made him not only one of the most sought-after new artists of his time, but a peer and equal to the blues legends he worshiped from the beginning. This career-spanning box set captures Johnny's most electrifying performances over four decades of rock and roll and celebrates his 70th birthday which is on February 23, 2014.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Sony/BMG have produced an overdue four disc retrospective on Johnny Winter, 'True To The Blues,' released two days after his 70th birthday. I'm giving it five stars because most of the music rates it, but if you're a big fan you probably have most of the contents. The only unreleased material is four cuts recorded live at the Atlanta Pop Festival (overdue for a boxed set and DVD itself). I've listed the sources underneath the respective tracks, and links to certain full albums I feel are his best. When trying to compile an artist with the longevity of Johnny there are bound to be fan favorites missing, personally I would've added "Leland Mississippi Blues," "Drown In My Own Tears" and "Fast Life Rider" instead of two versions each of "Mean Town Blues," "It's My Own Fault" and "Highway 61 Revisited" (even though each is studio & live), but I digress. Except for the first two tracks from his debut album on Liberty (now EMI) the rest of the first three discs and initial six tracks on the fourth are from his long tenure on Columbia Records, with his stops at Alligator, MCA, Pointblank, Friday and Sonobeat getting the short shrift. The only studio album not represented is 'I'm A Bluesman,' which some consider his weakest. The best white bluesman bar non, Johnny Winter's output over the years has had an impressive consistency, so if you've only touched your toe in the water before, it's a great set to get. If you're a big fan (like me) peruse the track list before ordering......

1. Bad Luck And Trouble
2. Mean Town Blues
(from 'Progressive Blues Experiment')
3. Mike Bloomfield's Introduction of Johnny Winter - (live at the Fillmore East)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Limb February 27, 2014
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I can't believe it myself, but I'm enjoying this collection more than the Duane Allman and Bloomfield boxes. And here's why: the Winter box has more primo material than the other two. It has to do with Johnny's longevity -- he hung around long enough to cut more top-notch tracks than the others. Look, the thing I love more than anything else is slow blues, minor key, ninth-chord blues with those piercing, wrenching, supremely witty solos that hit the target spot on. Bloomfield, of course, sent slivers of silvery genius straight to the heart on a handful of cuts, which are displayed on the first disc and a half of the Bloomfield box. Most of the rest of it is "Eeehh, I can do that." Allman -- listen, they didn't know how to record electric slide on sessions until the early '70s and even then they often ballsed it up. Allman didn't even hit his peak until the early '70s -- with his band -- and then stupidly croaked before he could sustain the brilliance -- or even make it to the U.K. for concerts. Yes, the seven discs on the Duane box are full of great stuff -- but it should've been chopped down to three superb discs. Seriously. Winter, on the other hand, keeps the thrills going for cut after cut, CD after CD. Hey, I've loved him since the first (Columbia) album and saw him at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970 -- a disappointing set where he covered '50s rock 'n' roll classics, never slowed down for a moment, and suffered from the awful sound in that barn. I highly recommend this Johnny Winter collection. It's hits like a triple espresso.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get March 7, 2014
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There have been more compilations of Johnny Winter than any other artist (except perhaps John lee Hooker - LOL!). All of them have been incomplete because he recorded on multiple labels. This one finally provides a good survey of most of his career (although early material is absent - available elsewhere - and the majority is from his Columbia years). However, it does provide (finally) some material from his Alligator and Blue Sky years as well as two more recent cuts.

I remember when Johnny Winter first came out, a friend raved about seeing him at a festival in Ontario. The Progressive Blues Experiment (Liberty) and his First Columbia album were stunning. He had all the goods. I couldn't believe anyone could play so fast (in retrospect, he may well have been the last fast player to do it tastefully - keeping in mind all those over the top 80s players). Must have something to do with the blues. Also, his taste in guitars was original (ok, he did play a les Paul, but also an Epi Wilshire, Fender duo sonic, Mustang and Gibson Firebird - practically claiming that type of instrument his own). What is funny about Johnny Winter, as with all great players, was that, irregardless of the instrument, he always sounded like, well, Johnny Winter. Like Mike Bloomfield, his sound was truly "from his head, to his heart, to his hands" (check out THAT box set). In later years he chose a laser guitar - not a popular choice.

Now to the material; most of what you want to hear is in this nice set - highlights from the first three albums (although I regret "Rollin and Tumblin" off the PBE and his version of "All over now", the Bobby Womack chestnut off the Captured Live album were not included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story
I got this for my brother, he was very happy when I gave it to him, & has not complained at all! Thank you, J. Rapp.
Published 5 days ago by John F. Rapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Only problem is that this wasn't five discs
This set illustrates the titular Story just about as well as possible. The choices of when to use studio material versus live material are all spot on. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michael J. Zeno
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent- Get it if you can
I embarrassingly got into Blues Late after Jazz, Rock etc. I think anyone would be glad to own this set with pictures & bios of tracks-I defer you to some of the great reviewers... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Robert Elwin Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally great and essential
My instincts led me to buy this box set this week, and just knowing
Johnny Winter, being a blues nut as it is, and reading the reviews
online for this, I didn't need much... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Scott D. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars This is good!
Being a hard core Winter Fan, this is almost everything one could want. Didn't like the full retail price I paid, but couldn't wait for the price to drop. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Glenn W DeVette
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good met expectations
Bought this for my husband, he is Johnny Winters fan and has been for many years he was very pleased with the CD's
Published 18 days ago by Lee Freer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great retrospective of Johnnys legacy
A must for any fan of the blues,excellent choice of tunes and contain a booklet of many great pictures of Johnny
Published 18 days ago by Jerry Israel
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is Johnny Winter at his best. A true Blues master (and not too bad at Rock and Roll). A great collection and a must for Johnny Winter fans!
Published 27 days ago by Bill from Northridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
You will like it, guranteed. I have listened to it 15 times since I got it, in the house, in the car, and the ipod.
Published 27 days ago by Mark D Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Old time blues
Great collection of classic Johnny Winter music. Something my collection has been missing for too long. Any classic rock/blues lover should have this collection.
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Yeah the tracklisting of this box seems a little slim on rare stuff
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