True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story

True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story

by Johnny WinterJohnny Winter


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There has always been more to the Johnny Winter story than meets the eye, and if stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style was the very role he was born to fill, he took a while to get there. For starters, he was born in Mississippi, which might explain something, and then grew up in Texas, where he played clarinet before switching over to guitar at the age of 11. Early on he played country before discovering the blues, and realizing there was no money and little future in playing the blues, he turned to studio pop in the early '60s. Times change, though, and by the end of that decade Winter had returned to the blues, where being an amazing electric guitar player with a roaring voice brought him his true calling. That's where this four-disc, 56-track box set picks up the story, the first such set to span the commercial and in-the-public-eye portion of Winter's career, beginning in 1968 and running all the way through to his Roots album, which was released in 2011, deftly drawing on some 27 albums from various labels, including Liberty/Imperial, Columbia, Blue Sky/Epic, Alligator, Point Blank/Virgin, Friday Music, Collectors' Choice Music, Megaforce, and Legacy. It's an impressive catalog of blistering slide runs and manic, propulsive blues shuffles, stomps, and boogies, all delivered with Winter's roar of a voice. Winter's career has made him nothing short of a monument, really, in the postmodern blues world, an iconic player who could take a song like Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" (included here) and make it his own, turning out what is perhaps the definitive version of it in much the same manner that Jimi Hendrix did with Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." It's an apt comparison, really, because although Winter never quite had the theatric flair that Hendrix had (one can't imagine Winter burning a guitar on-stage, for instance), he may have been just as responsible for the idea of modern power blues, and certainly no one has done it longer or done it any better than Johnny Winter. This box set presents a huge slab of that legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888837408523
catalogNumber: 374085

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Winter   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Drums,Electric Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Slide Guitar,national steel guitar
Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
James Cotton   Harp
Willie Dixon   Acoustic Bass
Big Walter Horton   Harp
Casey Jones   Drums
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Rick Derringer   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dr. John   Piano
Dan Hartman   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Kooper   Organ
Gene Barge   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bob Margolin   Electric Guitar
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Charles Calmese   Electric Bass
Tom Compton   Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Edgar Winter   Organ,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tack Piano,Arp Strings
Steve Eisen   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Exum   Trombone
Anton Fig   Drums
Jeff Ganz   Bass
Johnny B. Gayden   Bass
Vince Gill   Guitar
Paul Harris   Piano
Randy Jo Hobbs   Bass,Percussion,Hand Clapping
Booker T. Jones   Organ
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Terry Ogolini   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Paris   Bass,Harmonica
Pinetop Perkins   Piano
Floyd Radford   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Pat Ramsey   Harp
Chuck Ruff   Drums
Pat Rush   Guitar
Ken Saydak   Piano
Tommy Shannon   Bass,Electric Bass
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Scott Spray   Bass
Tom Strohman   Saxophone
Don Tenuto   Trumpet
Bobby Torello   Drums
Derek Trucks   Slide Guitar
"Uncle" John Turner   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Lew Del Gatto   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Cresci   Drums
Bobby Caldwell   Drums
Mike DiMeo   Piano
Vito Luizzi   Drums
I.P. Sweat   Bass
Randy Z   Drums
Richard Hughes   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Randy Hobbs   Bass,Vocals
Paul Nelson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Rick Derringer   Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Dan Hartman   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Kooper   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Johnny Winter   Composer,Producer
Bob Margolin   Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Don DeVito   Producer
Edgar Winter   Composer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer
Robert Johnson   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Jeff Rosen   Producer
Dick Shurman   Producer
Dave Still   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Producer
Quaglieri   Producer
Richard Penniman   Composer
John Lappen   Publicity
Brad Tolinski   Liner Notes
Federico Ruiz   Art Direction
Joe Reagoso   Executive Producer
Bill Josey   Producer
Rim Kelley   Producer
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
A.D. Prestage   Composer
F. James   Composer
Steve Paul   Direction,Advisor
Paul Nelson   Producer,Executive Producer,Management

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