Johnny Winter's Let Me In
"Let Me In" is the first album of Johnny Winter after he switches from MCA to Pointblank records. The music on this album lets Johnny return to rootsier blues.
Down Beat (9/92, p.39) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...What's most impressive about LET ME IN is the variety of emotional and musical textures Winter can summon with the constraints of his primarily balls-out style... The Mad Albino is still at the top of his game..."
CD Review September 1992 Volume IX, Number 1
Johnny Winter: Let Me In Pointblank/Charisma 91744-2
1991 4 / 5 Stars
What makes Let Me In fare better than its predecessor, the disappointing Winter of '88, is the material and the clever production strategy devised by Winter and Dick Shurman. Smartly selected songs such as "Illustrated Man" (a dandy of a rocker that deals with Winter's tattoo fetish), the rather hectic "Hey You" (with its surprise ending), "Sugaree" (an old Marty Robbins number that's been reworked from top to bottom with a hard driving rock'n'roll rhythm) not only gring out the best of Winter's guitar playing, but also exhibit a noticeably relaxed confidence and sense of flow.
Shurman and Winter also have fun on the title track,
an acoustic Delta blues ditty written by Winter, and "Medecine Man," a tune
that would have sounded at home on the classic Second Winter album of two decades
ago. The song's slow yet biting groove and tightly controlled guitar solo are
in marked contrast to the more rollicking tracks on the disc.
ROLLING STONE ALBUM GUIDE: ***1/2 ...he doesn't really get his mojo working again until 'Let Me In'. Cranking up his National Steel guitar, covering forebears like T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Reed, Winter comes close to rocking that door off its hinges.
All Music Guide , Volume: 1 , # 1
While "Let Me In" isn't perfect, there is enough thoughtful, expressive singing and tingling guitar solos to set it apart from almost all his other major label projects. The presence of a number of blues and rock luminaries, particularly Albert Collins, doesn't hurt anything either.
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