CS 9826 Johnny Winter
Produced by Johnny Winter
Released on May 1969
US CHART POSITION #24
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K ronomyth 1.0: A LION IN WINTER. Lionized in Rolling Stone, Johnny Winter came to the attention of Columbia’s Steve Paul, who quickly signed him to a six-figure sum and introduced him to the world through this album. To say this scorches does fire an injustice; Winter is handily the most impressive blues-rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix. While more steeped in the blues than Hendrix, Johnny Winter is a child of rock, made plain on the psychedelic stereo attack of the opening track, “I’m Yours And I’m Hers.” The new sheriff had arrived, and marshaled together an impressive array of originals and covers that showcased his incredible electric and acoustic blues playing, accompanied by a mean growl that obscured how white Winter was. At age 25, Winter’s playing style was road-tested, battle-scarred, biting and ferocious. However, as a student of the blues, he also became the new standard-bearer for a style that was too quickly becoming homogenized with rock and roll. Hendrix mutated the blues, Clapton appropriated them, Page escalated them, but only Winter let them flow through him unfiltered. Winter didn’t simply listen to Willie Dixon and Big Walter Horton, he invited them to play alongside him on “Mean Mistreater.” It’s that mix of reverence and the fire of a new talent finally unleashed that elevates Johnny Winter the album into one of the most amazing blues-rock records you’ll ever hear. Bandmates John Turner (whose bass drum beats like a heart through “Back Door Friend”) and Tommy Shannon (accorded the opening notes on the album) would soon be discarded, but what’s here is timeless, undiscardable. I don’t like the blues and I love this record. Winter’s version of “Good Morning Little School Girl” might be the most predatory piece of rock since “Stray Cat Blues,” his take on “I’ll Drown In My Tears” is an ocean of expression. Johnny Winter’s first album is simply beyond cool.

TRACK LISTING

  1. I'M YOURS AND I'M HERS    (Johnny Winter)    4:27
  2. BE CAREFUL WITH A FOOL    (Riley B. King/Joe Josea)    5:15
  3. DALLAS    (Johnny Winter)    2:45
  4. MEAN MISTREATER    (Jimmie Gordon)    3:53
  5. LELAND MISSISSIPPI BLUES    (Johnny Winter)    3:19
  6. GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL    (Don Level/Bob Love)    2:45
  7. WHEN YOU GOT A GOOD FRIEND    (none)    3:30
  8. I'LL DROWN IN MY TEARS    (Henry Glover)    4:44
  9. BACK DOOR FRIEND    (Stan Lewis/Lightnin' Hopkins)    2:57

    2008 Repertoire reissue
  10. I'M YOURS AND I'M HERS (MONO SINGLE VERSION)
  11. I'LL DROWN IN MY TEARS (MONO SINGLE VERSION)

    Woodstock Edition reissue bonus disc
  12. MAMA, TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTER
  13. LELAND MISSISSIPPI BLUES
  14. MEAN TOWN BLUES
  15. YOU DONE LOST YOUR GOOD THING NOW
  16. I CAN'T STAND IT
  17. TOBACCO ROAD
  18. TELL THE TRUTH
  19. JOHNNY B. GOODE

CREDITS

JOHNNY WINTER -- lead guitar, slide guitar, harp & vocals
TOMMY SHANNON -- electric bass
"UNCLE" JOHN TURNER -- percussion
Peggy Bowers -- background vocal (8)
A. Wynn Butler -- tenor sax (6,8)
Willie Dixon -- acoustic bass (4)
Karl Garin -- trumpet (6,8)
Walter "Shakey" Horton -- harp (4)
Carrie Hossell -- background vocal (8)
Norman Ray -- baritone sax (8)
Stephen Ralph Sefsik -- alto sax (8)
Elsie Senter -- background vocal (8)
Edgar Winter -- alto sax (6), piano (8)
Eddie Kramer -- production consultant, photos
Marvin Devonish -- production assistance
Steve Paul -- spiritual producer, liner notes
Ed Hudson, Charlie Bragg, Neil Wilburn -- our friends and engineers
Ron Coro -- cover design
Lloyd Ziff -- flyleaf design
Sandy Speiser -- cover photo
Hiro -- photos

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US May 1969 Columbia LP CS 9826  
UK 1969 CBS LP 63619  
US   Columbia LP/CS PC/PCT-9826  
UK November 1985 Edsel LP ED-163  
UK 2008 Repertoire CDX RES-2334 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2009 Sony 2CD SICP-2320 Woodstock Edition - digital remaster w. bonus disc

 

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