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Johnny Winter - Woodstock Experience - 2LP -

Price per Unit (stuk): €24.95

I had heard Johnny Winter played well at Woodstock, but since none of it ever appeared in the movie or the albums, it almost became a myth. Of the artists that played Woodstock, there are some inspired moments in the film, but when you listen to the Woodstock performances on their own- just the music on Lp or CD, they don't all stand up so well. Not only does Johnny Winter's performance stand on its own, it is among the better of all the Woodstock performances I've heard. It is actually some of the lesser known artists of the time that lit it up at Woodstock (Like Johnny Winter and Santana), while some more established acts faltered a bit.
After some neglect during the 80's and 90's, Sony/Columbia has done a pretty good job of showcasing Johnny's career with releases during the 2000's- offering a guest appearance by Johnny on a CD called "Michael Bloomfield live at Fillmore East 1968" where Bloomfield and Winter tear it up; it turned out to be the gig that got Johnny his Columbia recording contract. And they also included a full live performance from Royal Albert Hall on the Legacy edition of "Second Winter". And last but not least now we have Johnny's full Woodstock show. The Woodstock show has a set list that is different from the Royal Albert Hall concert, giving you a nice variety of what Johnny and his band were doing live around this time. Johnny with little brother Edgar play a solid set. Edgar makes fine contributions on keyboards, sax, and vocals. Johnny serves up his gravelly vocals and amazing guitar riffs that earned him a reputation for being a great live act, and also gained him the admiration of legendary Blues greats like Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. The rhythm section is mostly tight. Under less than ideal performing conditions, Johnny and co. turn in an admirable effort here. Some J.W. fans would probably disagree but I like this set better than "Johnny Winter And live". Some of the treats here are "I can't stand it" which Johnny says is a brand new song they had just recorded (it is called "I'm not sure" on second winter), which I did'nt expect to hear in a live version, and a slow burning blues called "you done lost your good thing". But all of the song selections and the playing presents Johnny Winter in a good light. After all these years, I now know that Johnny Winter and his band played an excellent show at Woodstock. It was'nt just a myth. This is a really nice package, you get the Woodstock show along with Johnny's first Columbia album, which I did'nt have on cd, plus a poster of Johnny. The sound quality is good for an outdoor festival recording of this vintage. A collector's item dedicated Johnny winter fans should get while it is available. Recommended.

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