Johnny Winter And Live
"Johnny Winter AND Live" is Johnny's first Live album and was recorded at the Fillmore East on 3 October 1970 and is reviewed in the Billboard Magazine on 13 March 1971 , Page 57 and enters the Billboard charts in position 114.
This album was first released on vinyl LP, due to the audio length constraints of the LP, several of the had to be cut. Today these unedited tracks of Johnny Winter's performance including the guitar solos performed by Rick Derringer are available Youtube. As CD has more and better audio quality, you can find CD's of this concert at the bottom of this page
Sony Compact Disc: WCK 30475, Recorded 1971
LP: CBS S 64289
Producers: Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer
Recorded live at: Bill Graham's Fillmore East, Pirate's World - Dania Florida
CBS Germany Press Release
Es gibt Tausende von Johnny Winter-Fans in unserem Land. Sie alle warten, nach der etwas mißglückten Tournee Anfang Februar dieses Jahres, mit Ungeduld auf seine neue LP. Hier ist sie, und sie wird diejenigen entschädigen, die bei seinen Konzerten nicht ganz auf ihre Kosten kamen. Es sind Live-Aufnahmen aus dem Fillmore East und aus dem Club Pirate's World in Florida. "Johnny Winter And" hat folgende besetzung: Johnny Winter und Rick Derringer, Gesang und Gitarren - Randy Jo Hobbs, Gesang und bass - Caldwell, Schlagzeug. Denen, die noch nicht mit Johnny Winters Lebenslauf vertraut sind, möge die Kurz-Charakteristik nützlich sein, die Ulrich Olshausen in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen veröffentlichte:
Winters Karriere hat manche Ähnlichkeit mit der von Janis Joplin. Auch er stammt aus gesicherten Verhältnissen in Texas, brach ein kurzes College-Studium ab, um als Musiker "on the road" zu gehen, und sang in Bars und Clubs, "was immer die Betrunkenen hören wollten". Wie Janis, gehört er zu den großen weißen Elues-Sängern, die genug Persönlichkeit besitzen, aus dem Blues etwas verwegen Neues zu machen, ohne die Vorbilder und das Genre zu verleugnen. Nach seinem Artikel in der Zeitschrift Rolling Stone", der sich auch mit dem Aussehen des markanten, seidenmähnigen Albinos befasste, baute sich um Winter die Aura eines neuen Superstars auf .
Die Plattenfirma, die ihn nach einem erfolgreichen Konzert im Fillmore East in New York zum Vertragsab-schluß angelte, muß den höchsten Vorschuß bezahlen, der je für einen Debütanten ausgegeben wurde.
New Musical Express 15-Jul-1972:
ROLLING STONE ALBUM GUIDE: ***
ME/SOUNDS 9/93: *****
IIt opens up with a knock-down, drag-out drum explosion
from the unsubtle but muscular Bobby
Caldwell, leading into a death-before-dishonour rock and roll version of
"Good morning little schoolgirl".
Review: Daniel Larsen
Johnny Winter and Live: Wow!!! What a hell of a live performance!! Johnny's slide and lead playing on his gem really pushes Rick Derringer to have to play his ass off! From the opening track of "Good Morning little School Girl", you these guys mean serious business up on the stage, at that time! Their version of Jumpin' Jack Flash" makes me forget who really wrote this song (nothing personal Mick and Keith). They tend to take this classic to the next level, which most artist can't even come close to doing in their lifetime! The first track on side two, Rock and Roll Melody: Great Balls of Fire, Long Tall Sally, into A Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On is nothing to be reckon' with! Again Johnny has Rick pushed to a blistering edge, when he does his solo on "Great Balls of Fire"!!! Also what's amazing is all the lushful playing Johnny does behind Rick to really compliment his! The whole band brings the end of this amazing R&R Melody to a "full tilt peak" at the end of "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On"!!! You can really hear the crowd's response to this classic performance afterwards as well (Damn!! I wish I was there!!)!
"Mean Town Blues" is quite a follow up to the R&R Melody, you talk about Johnny's blues playing and singing, it's all there in this track. I once heard Buddy Guy mentioned he was the blues, well nothing personal Buddy, but I think Johnny deserves that under his belt! To me, Johnny is "truly the blues"! Why? He's really lived a hard blues life, plays and sings it like he's going to die the next moment, and is presently in a state of very ill health and condition, while all these other cats like Buddy Guy and BB King are reaping their rewards of digging in dirt to finally enjoy their gold mine they currently have and are well enjoying. Ok, enough of the side line talk, and I want to finish up with the last track "Johnny B. Goode", a great track and performance to end this classic live album with! The only thing I have to say is, I wish it was a double album with more juicy songs from the tour they did that year!!!
A showcase of the high energy and versatility that help propel him to a short lived ride at the top, "Johnny Winter Live" has to go down as one of the classic 'live' rock albums. From the frenzied pace of "Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl" to one of the finest live blues cut ever in "Its My Own Fault" Johnny shows a talent that one must be born with; one that can't be 'learned'. Johnny's versions of Chuck Berrys classic "Johnny B Goode" and the Rolling Stones "Jumpin Jack Flash" still brings out the goose-bumps after 25+ yrs. If you never buys another Johnny Winter album, thats fine...just don't leave "Johnny Winter Live" out of your rock collection!
If you like hot electric blues and great rock and roll by a dual lead guitar band, it doesn't get any better than this classic live album. Johnny and Rick compliment each other better than any other two lead guitarists that I've heard. They really play together, and you can just about feel the electricity between them. The album kicks off with Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. It's a blues standard, and Johnny cranks up the heat on this rockin' version. Next up is a lengthy (but worth every minute) version of the slow blues number It's My Own Fault. Johnny does a fiery solo, followed by a subdued solo by Rick. (I think he did it that way for a contrast.)
The Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash is given the Johnny treatment, and rocks hard. Number 4 is the Rock & Roll Medley, which is Rick's showcase. He covers Great Balls of Fire, Long Tall Sally, and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On all within one tune, with split-second tempo changes. I'm sure the place really was shakin'! Johnny's Mean Town Blues is next, done at hyperspeed when compared to the studio version. In this one he features his slide guitar expertise.
The album closer is Johnny B. Goode, which is the perfect song for Johnny Winter. When he belts out "Rock and Rolllll" you know what's coming! I was fortunate enough to see this band live in Chicago in 1970, and it was one of the best concerts that I can recall. Johnny and the band were much better than Goode, as this CD shows.
Johnny Winter And: Live (Columbia 30475, 1971)-If Jimi Hendrix is the definitive interpreter of Bob Dylan ("All Along the Watch Tower," "Like A Rolling Stone"), then Johnny Winter is the definitive interpreter of the Rolling Stones. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is as final a statement in Rock Music as can be hoped for. Add a corrosive "Johnny B. Goode" to the mix and the listener is transported to some Hard Rock Nirvana where Britney Spears and N'Cync are no where to be found. Oh, did I mention Winter could sing the blues?
A promotional advertisement for Johnny Winter AND Live album as published in Billboard Magazine
A transcript of this ad: People stomp their feet, clap their hands and shout their heads off on Johnny Winter's new live album with an intensity you won't hear on other live albums. And with good reason: Johnny Winter And's performance on those nights was some of the rockin'est music ever played. The ambience and feeling of the record-ings are also remarkable. You can feel the warmness and energy of Winter's music as soon as the record starts playing. A good many people who think they know what Johnny Winter sounds like are going to be surprised by this album. Of course we think the biggest response to his live performance will just be a couple of words. Like:"Hey Mister, you got the new Johnny Winter album?
The Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf" reviews Johnny Winter AND Live and Edgar Winter's White Thrash