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Black Cat Bone: The Anthology

Johnny Winter

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Album Review

Essentially this marginal recording — essentially a glorified bootleg recording — comes from two different volumes called Black Cat Bone: Live at the Texas Pop Festival from 1969. This is early Johnny Winter, pre-Johnny Winter &, performing a slew of blues classics and originals that hail from the Progressive Blues Experiment and his self-titled debut recording for Columbia. Certainly, this is Winter on fire as a guitarist; that's indisputable. The problem lies with the dodgy sound quality of the recording, and the readily available nature of the material, which makes this highly questionable in terms of value even for collectors — only 17 of the 23 that made up the original performance. Buyers beware.

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Mother Earth

This song was a tape to broadcast concert WLIR 92.7 FM Long Island, NY August 7th 1977 at the Calderone Concert Hall which was located in Hempstead, The Band: Johnny Winter and Pat Rush on guitars, Ikey Sweat on bass and Bobby "T" Torrello on drums. I know this because I was there. I saw Johnny perform many times before and after this show, but without a doubt I never saw him play better.

Biography

Born: February 23, 1944 in Beaumont, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Johnny Winter emerged on the national scene in 1969, the hope, particularly in the record business, was that he would become a superstar on the scale of Jimi Hendrix, another blues-based rock guitarist and singer who preceded him by a few years. That never quite happened, but Winter did survive the high expectations...
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