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Johnny Winter's About Blues

Johnny Winter About Blues

Johnny Winter's About Blues - Recorded: 1960-1968

About Blues is one of the first compilation albums of Johnny Winter, covering the period 1960-1968, this while Johnny was touring in Texas  

Together with the album "Early Times" this was one of earliest compilation albums with songs performed during the 60s

 

 

The album "About Blues" has been released with many different photos used for the front and back of the covers, this section shows the most relevant of these album covers


Johnny Winter About Blues
Janus Records 5C 038-61700 (nr on the cover of the album) / 5N 038-61700 (nr of the label on the LP), Dark Blue Label. Janus Records, 1700 Broadway, New York. Made and distributed by EMI records Holland BV
Johnny Winter About Blues
Bellaphon/Janus BLPS 19031 (Germany), front cover has Johnny Winter playing a Gibson Flying V
Johnny Winter About Blues
Johnny Winter About Blues
Janus Records JLS 3008
Johnny Winter About Blues

Johnny Winter About Blues

VIP-6348 The covers of the Japanese release has front and Back covers reversed

Other versions of this album has been released under:

  • Bellaphon 151 36 (Germany)

Producer: Roy C. Ames

Released in 1969 was Janus Record's ABOUT BLUES. Produced by the infamous Roy C. Ames, it was a more modern set made up of recordings that he somehow managed to get a hold of from Huey Meaux. The critics tended to like this one. And while there were one or two bumps in the road, it was generally good, with "Parchman Farm," "Leavin' Blues," "Bad News," "Out of Sight" and "Livin' in the Blues" leading the pack: "Livin' in the Blues" seemed a predecessor to SECOND WINTER. Janus put out EARLY TIMES, the sequel, that next year.

Going Down Slow

Many of you know this, but Jim Oden was better known as St. Louis Jimmy. The following copyrighted material appeared in a CD preview on the 'net, and I think Johnny Winter fans might find it of interest:

"St. Louis Jimmy Oden was a respected vocalist and one of the great early urban blues songwriters. Born in 1903 in Nashville, he moved to St. Louis around 1917. Oden taught himself piano in the mid 1920's and was working house parties with Big Joe Williams by 1929. Oden next paired with Roosevelt Sykes, the two played St. Louis for a few years then moved to Chicago. They made their first recordings for the Champion label in 1932 and continued to record on and off together for the next several years. Oden recorded two sessions with Big Bill Broonzy in the early 1940's. Oden's classic "Goin' Down Slow" was recorded with Big Bill Broonzy in 1941 and has gone on to become a Chicago blues standard. Oden continued to record steadily through the 1940's, recording for B & W, Columbia, Bullet, Miracle and Aristocrat (with the Muddy Waters Band). The sides from April, 1949 include the classics, "Hard Work Boogie" and "Your Evil Ways''. Unfortunately there is no session information on these sides. The piano is probably played by Oden's long time partner Roosevelt Sykes. Guitar is possibly Jimmy Rogers since Oden had recently been working with him. "State Street Blues" is interesting since the pianist is believed to be Oden himself. It certainly does not sound like the pianist on the first sides and the recording was released under Oden's name. In August of 1949 Oden teamed with Joe Brown to form the record label J.O.B. (James Burke Oden). Oden continued to record until the mid-sixties when his health began to fail. St. Louis Jimmy Oden died on December 30, 1977."

Bruce Vail


Review in a Dutch newspaper of the album: About Blues

Johnny Winter About Blues

  • Johnny Winter - guitar, vocals.

 

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