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Editors’ Notes

The formal title and dignified cover photo of Johnny Winter’s seventh album signaled a creative growth spurt on the part of the Texas-born guitarist and singer. This 1974 set, John Dawson Winter III, leans a bit toward rock in its songwriting and arrangements, though the influence of classic blues remains pervasive. Winter’s vocals show greater expressiveness and control, particularly on the aching “Stranger” and the elegantly soulful “Lay Down Your Sorrows.” Tracks like “Raised on Rock” and “Roll with Me” bristle with swagger while displaying a radio-friendly pop edge. “Mind Over Matter” is particularly strong: a sexy, stalking tune that should’ve been a hit single. More traditionally bluesy are “Pick Up on My Mojo” (riding a churning rhythm and punctuated with seething slide guitar) and “Sweet Papa John” (slow-grinding and carnal to its core). A dash of country is introduced with the smile-inducing “Love Song to Me.” A special treat is Winter’s vigorous reading of John Lennon’s “Rock and Roll People,” a tune the ex-Beatle never released in his lifetime.

Customer Reviews

Blue Sky / Columbia

Finally releasing this stuff . Keep it coming @!!!

Classic Johnny

Glad this is available , I really do like this Johnny cd . My favorite tracks are : Self Destructive Blues (Nice rockin' blues tune) , Stranger (beautiful Johnny song with a good solo) ,
Pick Up On My Mojo (Nice Rocker) and the very dirty lyrics of Sweet Papa John .

Unusual but cool.

I just bought this a couple days ago. Johnny seems to be trying out new musical styles on here instead of just straight blues. If you can get past that,it's a neat album. And there is plenty of amazing guitar playing to go around. If you're a Johnny-freak,you will like this.

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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