Johnny Winter And
This is the first album released by Johnny Winter with his "AND" band, this album cover is in black and white. In September 1970 this album "Johnny Winter And" with Rick Derringer and the McCoys reaches #154 in the Billboard charts
Rick Derringer: comments on this first album with Johnny Winter: "On Johnny Winter And", I just helped Johnny to get what he wanted; he doesn't have the technical knowledge. Like "Nothing left" he didn't like it and ddin't want it on the album, but I said, let me do things to it. So I did a whole bunch of things, and he really liked it in the end.
Reviews of the album "Johnny Winter AND":
Pasadena Star News 12 September 1970
Johnny Winter recently teamed up with three ex-members of the McCoys for a tour which included the Santa Monica Civic and an album, released on the Columbia label as "Johnny WinterAhd."
It is difficult to put Winter down for his new LP, which for all its faults still proves that Winter is the most explosively brilliant electric guitarist on records-( Eric. who?). The addition of the McCoys, especially some questionable material by Rick Derringer, moves Winter away from blues and into rock. With a better band and better material, he could do very well there. As it is, he makes silk purses out 'of several sow's ears, gets-into some psychedelic guitar work .reminiscent of his brother Edgar's stunning debut album "Entrance," and tosses in enough of his own material to rescue the album.
Winona Sunday News 18 October 1970
Johnny Winter is anything but Black. What better antithetical symbol could be found to Blacks than an albino from Texas, which is what Winter is. But the music that has formed Johnny Winters talents is Black music, specifically Black Blues music. Winter talks about himself as being the super,, white freak who became an outcast because of his color and naturally found affinity with Black music. Possible.
WINTER IS the technically brilliant guitarists around, and he's vocally capable of imitations that range from Nina Simone to B.B. King. But in the back of my mind there's always been the awareness or feeling that here was somebody tryingg to be Black via vicariously Black music but never really swings too much beyond technicality simply because he's not black. Black music rises out of traditions and attitudes that are very definitely ethnic. Johnny Winter can play their music, but he could never write a SEIZE THE TIME, out of his experiences as an albino. Johnny Winter And is a rather pleasant, rather forgettable conglomeration put together by Winter and his new band McCoys. In fact, Winter has less to do with me alBum than his band does, more of the material being written by Rick Derringer than Winter. Winter seems to be tending toward a more Rock sound than the prototypical Blues which distinguished
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Sounds of the 70s Guitarist Winter, byMike Jahn November 1970
Originally published Sunday 29 November 1970 in the Oakland Tribune.
Johnny Winter is a fine guitarist, completely astounding at times. His newest recording, "Johnny Winter And," unfortunately doesn't show it.
The slim Texan with the shoulder-length white hair is one of the most vital finds of the recent blues revival. In concert he is devastating — with flashing aggressive b l u e s , quick-fingered and bold. Recently he debuted his new band, Johnny Winter And, consisting of himself and three former members of the McCoy's: Rick Zehringer, guitar; Randy Hobbs, bass; and Randy Zehringer, drums. Winter's guitar duels with Rick Zehringer have proved, in concert, to be a breathtaking display of hard rock and blues fireworks. On record, this majesty simply doesn't show itself.
This is perhaps because in concert they play mainly old, familiar songs, ones with proven value. On the new record (Columbia C 30221), they play new songs. Only one of them, "Guess I'll Go Away," is truly outstanding. One song, "Funky Music," has a taste of guitar duos that the group performs so well in concert, but only a taste. The balance of the songs on Ihe album are mediocre, sporting an interesting melody here, a nice guitar riff there, but generally nothing of great significance. The album seems to be mixed differently -from the others. Mixing, you know, is the blending of the various instruments and voices according to prominence and accent. Previously, the guitar was mixed way up front, and the vocals more strident and bluesish. On this LP, the guiars are mixed back, in an echo effect. The album made me want to keep playing with my stereo equipment to make the guitar stop sounding as if it were coming out of another room. And the vocals are more mellow, sung as opposed to moaned as they were in his previous blues style. I prefer the Winter of Rock Blues, as in his versions of "Highway 61" and "Johnny B. Goode," or his renditions of B. B. King songs. This is what he is doing in concert now, and he has never been better. This new record, however, just doesn't match up.
Sounds Magazine November 1970 Germany
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