They Call Me Johnny Guitar Watson!
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Culled from the fine run of bluesy funk sides Watson cut between 1976-1980, DJM's The Very Best Of... doesn't really qualify as a complete hits package — "Superman Love" and "Tarzan" are missing, for starters — but sports an attractive mix of solid tracks all the same. Featuring plenty of Watson's P-Funk-inspired grooves and inflation-era commentary, the 14 tracks include such highlights as "Ain't That a Bitch," "Lover Jones," "A Real Mother for Ya," and "I Need It." Equally heavy on the funk, but a bit off the quality radar, more obscure album tracks like "Booty Ooty," "Mother-in-Law," and "Miss Frisco" still come through with an abundance of Watson's irresistible guitar licks and wry vocals. Also adding to the fine stock here are progressive funk sides like "What The Hell Is This" (reminiscent of P-Funk experiments like "Hydraulic Pump"), the after-hours blues ballad "I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby," and the gospel-tinged "Strung Out" — and that's not too mention the incredible arrangements and seamless blend of styles Watson pulls off. Even without all the hits, this DJM package is quality all the way.
Born: February 3, 1935 in Houston, TX
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
Top Albums and Songs by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
||A Real Mother for Ya||A Real Mother for Ya||5:04||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Ain't That a Bitch||Ain't That a Bitch||5:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Superman Lover||Ain't That a Bitch||5:44||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby||Ain't That a Bitch||5:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||A Real Mother For Ya||A Real Mother For Ya (Unreleased Tracks Version)||5:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Superman Lover||The Funk Anthology||5:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nothing Left to Be Desired||A Real Mother for Ya||5:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Wanna Thank You||A Real Mother for Ya||6:08||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Gangster of Love||Gangster of Love||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Since I Met You Baby||Ain't That a Bitch||3:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|