Johnny Winter is one of the most acclaimed guitarists of the past 40 years, and his ability to straddle both the classic rock and electric blues genres has earned him a rabid fan base. The 2-CD set The Johnny Winter Anthology is the first collection to include highlights from his entire career, from his start at Imperial Records, to his rise to worldwide fame on Columbia and Blue Sky, to his late-career renaissance at Alligator, Pointblank and Virgin. Along the way, fans and newcomers alike are treated to 35 standout performances, including "Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Still Alive And Well," and "Silver Train."
One goal of the Woodstock festival was to highlight lesser-known acts along with the superstars. Johnny Winter was such an artist, yet there is no doubt his performance was on the level of a superstar. His recently released self-titled album highlighted Winter's prowess in the blues rock world, and his high energy performance at Woodstock elevated him to the level of guitar god.
This installment of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's sojourn into 1970s' style funk incorporates Funkadelic-style chants and sophisticated grooves as well as the blues and R&B master's trademark hoarse vocalizing; but, as always, his prickly, jazzy guitar soloing is the main attraction, displayed to its best advantage on burning funk tracks like "Barn Door" and "It's About the Dollar Bill."
In the mid-1960's, Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand) was an avant-garde pianist influenced by Thelonious Monk who was not yet displaying much of his South African heritage in his music...