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Jet propelled blues!!,
This review is from: Second Winter (Audio CD)Johnny has always been my hero, mainly because, when i was growing up in London- England I'd had so much Clapton/Hendrix/Alvin Lee/Jimmy Page shoved down my throat. Although I still loved these others too, I was refreshed to hear someone who sounded unique. Johnny Winter was that person...he sounded different, he could sing, and he LOOKED different. I remember in one of his 1973 interviews how Johnny Winter spoke of an ardent fan who wanted to spend an evening just looking at him..this person was astounded just by Winter's visual impact alone. As the other reviewer said above, Johnny wasn't scared of taking chances musically.
Percy Mayfields classic blues "Memory Pain" has never sounded so good. It seems like it was written for Johnny personally. His guitar screams in agony with wonderfully phrased licks. I remember this tune took up one whole l.p. side originally.(or at least, nearly a whole side!)
Every other track is astounding and the variety is endless. Alot of delicious psychedelic blues...e.g. "Good Love" Fast Life Rider" I'm Not Sure"...but these are mixed in with some 50s teeny bop classics ..e.g. "Slippin' & Slidin'" and "Miss Ann". The musicianship is always at a continual high throughout. My own favorite from this album has always been an unusual choice of song called "I Love Everybody". This one starts with a background giggle and then launches into some of the most blinding , relentless slide guitar ever played. It's a basic Delta blues song but Johnny takes it into electro-psychedelic outer-space...the channels shift as he plays the solo, which adds to the jet propelled tension. This song, by itself, is PURE, UTTER brilliance and a wonderful variation on a basic Delta blues.
The songs counterpart is one called "I Hate Everybody" which is almost arranged like a T. Bone Walker 'jump blues' and Winters solo is very jazz- inflected ...lightnin' fast and precise.
Edgar Winters sax solo on this one is pure bebop influenced.
This album/c.d is SO varied that when I first heard it I was utterly confused (especially for me, back at that time in 1970).
Back then there was either bubble- gum pop, heavy rock or folk in the English charts.
This one was/is unique and i don't think it will ever be equalled.