Live Through the 70's
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The first clips from 1970 shot at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Denmark with Johnny s Texas rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner are stunning in their production and performances. Johnny is an exuberant live wire, his long white mane flashing. With brother Edgar guesting on keyboards, drums and vocals, he tears into an epic version of Be Careful of the Fool like a man on a mission slinging a suitably funky Epiphone guitar. A special treat is the rare, early airing of Edgar s Frankenstein with Johnny carrying the track almost single-handedly.
Concert footage from the same year at the Royal Albert Hall in London finds him evolving to rock and glam as his onstage persona develops. He owned Johnny B. Goode in the 70s and his orgasmic version, along with hyper takes of Talk to Your Daughter and Tell the Truth are still breathtaking and unmatched in their raw energy and fret-melting chops.
Interviews conducted at Detroit Tubeworks are interspersed throughout, revealing Johnny as a witty subject with a perceptive and wryly critical view of the culture. He is joined in one segment by bassist Randy Jo Hobbs to whom he precedes to teach Key to the Highway on the spot for a spontaneous country blues performance showing another side of his guitar mastery. By the time he appears on Rock Concert in 1973 with Hobbs and double-bass drummer Richard Hughes, however, he has metamorphosed into a full-fledged star on his way to becoming one of the biggest arena acts of the decade. With top hat, cape, platform shoes and beard, he waves his signature Firebird like a magic wand at the transfixed audience as he rocks the house to the rafters with Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo and Stone County.
By 1979 Johnny returned to the blues he never left. In a telling moment he attempts to explain the music to the German audience at the Rockpalast in Essen. Citing the language barrier, he proceeds to give the most eloquent demonstration with bassist/harmonicist Jon Paris and drummer Bobby Torello by using the classic Mississippi Blues as a vehicle to traverse the whole history from the Delta to Texas, Chicago and beyond to the high voltage style of Johnny himself. It is a fitting testimonial to a legendary bluesman who has earned his place among the immortals that preceded and inspired him. --Dave Rubin, Guitar Edge Magazine
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This DVD is really the best released so far. I have waited two months to write a proper review of it. Winter has had several Japanese releases (bootleg) with some of these tunes on it, but they are not as good. The sound on this DVD makes it very special. If you only have one Johnny Winter DVD this should be it. A few years ago they released "Pieces and Bits" which, like this was a compilation of VHS released stuff, but it was a bit all over the place. This DVD is right on! I am a Blues lover and I will address this review to that part of the content.
The opening tunes are special- the sound this track not the best but Winter's interpretation of his brother Edgar's "Frankenstein" is a highlight (still the Winter Bros top chart hit!- even if Johnny didn't play on the record-(Ronnie Montrose- with ex-band member, guitarist, Rick Derringer as producer)-but this version is superb Johnny's graceful lead and his multi-instrumentalist brother's great drum solo- just fantastic!. Of course the presence of Tommy Shannon, later of "Double Trouble" with SRV on this tune and in several other parts of the DVD is also very special.Read more ›
The opening three tracks from Danish TV (1970) surprise especially by the bright, sharp video. You can even see the zits on Edgar's face. Good stuff, especially 'Be Careful With A Fool', although the best is still to come.
Next we break into part of an informal interview from 1970, someone says its 4 in the morning, joints are going round and both interviewer and interviewee, plus band and hangers-on, seem pretty wasted. After a few minutes, we go back to the music, but we'll be returning to this free-form interview a few more times on the DVD.
The roughest quality film comes next with the 3 Royal Albert Hall songs, starting with Johnny B Goode. Both film and sound are of a lower quality than the rest of the DVD, but seeing as there's space on the DVD for it, I'd rather it be included than not. However, the music itself is great.
We rejoin the previous interview scene next. In a long stoned rap that Johnny just manages to hold together, he says he believes he is able to levitate if he puts his mind to it, by tuning into the gravitational force on another planet. A great jam follows with just Randy Hobbs on bass, and Johnny pulls off an amazing impromptu version of 'Key To The Highway', without drums or rhythm of any sort other than Randy's basslines. Johnny seems so out of it, but it certainly doesn't affect his playing, which is crisp and tight.
Next we have a single clip of 'Mean Town Blues' from Germany in 1970, one of the highlights for me with some fantastic slide playing. Incredible track.Read more ›
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Very good. I am glad i bought it. I saw jonny many times, before i left michigan. The good old days in music. I played his music on detroit radio in the 70,sPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Johnny is the most under-appreciated guitarist in history; probably because of his commitment to playing blues 99% of the time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MinorPentatonicAddict
This is a compilation of 'some' of Johnny Winters concerts from 1970 to 1979
The footage from Denmark is stunning with some great interplay with Johnnys brother Edgar who can... Read more
I'm going to have to give this an average rating because the recordings apparently weren't re-mastered - some of the earlier stuff is not recorded nor filmed/taped very well. Read morePublished 24 months ago by The Chuckster
Johnny Winter playing his guitar. Enough said. These clips were from the 70's so I knew not to expect really high quality video. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer