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The Original "Gangster of Love" - Tthe "Keen Records" Sessions

Johnny "Guitar" Watson

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This one is for the really hardcore early Johnny "Guitar" Watson fans. Watson only recorded a handful of sides for Keen between his stints at RPM and King, but VSOP has managed to expand them to a full-length release thanks to the presence of the full session tapes. This means you get every take of every song (all four of 'em!), including the breakdowns. There isn't a lot of variance between takes and some are obvious flubs. Does a casual listener really want to hear Watson go through four to ten takes of any given song? Almost certainly not. But those who are seriously into the early work of Johnny "Guitar" Watson will eat this up.

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Born: 03 February 1935 in Houston, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

"Reinvention" could just as easily have been Johnny "Guitar" Watson's middle name. The multi-talented performer parlayed his stunning guitar skills into a vaunted reputation as one of the hottest blues axemen on the West Coast during the 1950s. But that admirable trait wasn't paying the bills as the 1970s rolled in. So he totally changed his image to that of a pimp-styled funkster,...
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