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Editors’ Notes

Recorded live during Johnny Winter’s 1970 U.S. tour, Live Johnny Winter And captures Winter playing with what many would consider one of the era's best backing bands: Randy Jo Hobbs on bass, Bobby Caldwell on drums, and 23-year-old guitar prodigy Rick Derringer in the role of Winter’s guitar foil. Few performers from this time were as ecstatic in the live setting as Winter. While other artists gravitated to the craft of songwriting or the constructive processes of the studio, Winter was all about the abandon and immediacy of the concert. His nearest corollary is Hendrix, in that Winter is happiest when taking flight beyond all premeditation, creating a guitar line that feels like lightning from another dimension. There are a lot of those moments on this concert, especially “Good Morning Little School Girl,” “It’s My Own Fault," and “Mean Town Blues.” At the same time, this is hardly a space-rock odyssey. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Rock and Roll Medley," and “Johnny B. Goode” are down-and-dirty street rock. Winter plays them so gloriously fast and loud and mean that this could almost be considered proto-punk.

Customer Reviews

"Guitar God" - This album introduced me to the concept

When I was about 14 years old, I really liked Edgar Winter's "They Only Come Out at Night," and Rick Derringer's "All American Boy." I think back then I liked them for their "pop" aspects. So when I saw a used copy of Johnny Winter And, "Live," for a dollar, in the used record store, I thought I give it a spin. I got it home, put it on my turntable, and heard the scratchy record's hisses and pops. The next thing I remember was the guitar riffs. Then came the singing. Johnny's voice sounded like Edgar's, but it was my first time to hear rockin' blues and complex, flying, lightning blues guitar. There, on the spot, for the first time in my life I understood the concept of "Guitar God." Prior to this I had seen the famous photo of the wall where someone had spray painted "Clapton is God." But I always thought that was silly. Johnny Winter remains my ultimate favorite guitar player, and I will match his skill against any (Clapton, Page, etc., they are "adequate" compared to Johnny's greatness). This album, along with my other favorite all time guitar album, Johnny Winter "Captured Live" are, in my opinion, the two greatest albums of guitar playing ever recorded.

Doesn't Get Better Than This!!!!

If you have ever been in the crowd at a nightclub where the band is just SMOKIN', everyone in the crowd is jammin', everyone in the place is covered with sweat....the music is LOUD...the air is filled with smoke and it seems like the place is about to EXPLODE...that's what this record is about. I can't think of another live album that can match this for intensity or virtuosity. This is about four guys turning all the way up and lettin' it go. If you don't have it, get it...if you've been banished to a distant country, make sure it's on your iPod!

Johnney Winter And Live

Absolutly: a R&R Hall of fame contender... I say, you CAN, absoultely hear both gutiarists/vocalists All THROUGH this record! And further, any rough edges/stumbles are made up for w/ spirit & virtuosity... I don't think I'm overstating things to say that this record's approach to rock & roll gutiar really helped blaze the way for alot of the "Heavy Metal" R&R gutiar sounds that followed in the 80"s.... But, (!) with two Very, very, very strong ("simi-caucasian") R&R / R&B vocalists to back it all up... If this band &/or these guys recorded NOTHING else but this record, they - Johnney W., Rick D., Randy Jo Hobbs & Bobby C. all deserve to be inducted into the R&R Hall of fame! That's right!... just for this "Humpin' Thumpin", Rockin', Rollin', " fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants-without ever really-sufferin'crashin" masterpiece of ah' live R&R musial performance - Gawd'ah Mighty-Bless them & their's for this piece of work!

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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