The Woodstock Experience
Because of bad weather and scheduling snafus, Johnny Winter only had the opportunity to perform eight songs at the Woodstock Festival, his set comprised of a couple of original songs and the rest inspired covers, with only "Leland Mississippi Blues" included from the debut album. The band kicks off the festivities with a smokin' version of J.B. Lenoir's "Mama, Talk To Your Daughter," Winter's raw vocals matched by his slash-and-burn guitar. Winter's original "Mean Town Blues" showcases his Texas-bred bottleneck blues guitar style, the sound jumping off the stage and grabbing listeners by the ears.
Brother Edgar Winter joined the band on the Woodstock stage for a rollicking cover of Bo Diddley's "I Can't Stand It," the song's early-rock roots augmented by a sultry R&B groove. The rough-edged, white-trash anthem "Tobacco Road" would become best known as performed by Edgar Winter, and the two brothers crank out a soulful, dirty take of it here, with great staccato vocals, fluid keyboard-bashing, and subtle but powerful slashes of guitar. Winter's cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" would become one of his audiences favorites in the years to follow, here it's a runaway freight-train of flying notes, crashing drumbeats, and jackhammer bass lines.
This two CD-set released on the Sony Legacy label in 2009, contains two CD's. Disc 1 is the first Johnny Winter CBS album aka the Black album. Disc 2 are the previously unreleased track of Johnny Winter at the 1969 Woodstock concert.