Johnny Winter And: Live at The Fillmore East 10/3/70

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They just don’t make them like they used to.



That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I listened to Johnny Winter And: Live at The Fillmore East 10/3/70, a collection of songs culled from a weekend of shows at the vaunted Fillmore East. Nearly 40 years old, these seven songs remind listeners of a bygone era, when blues guitarists held audiences spellbound, when guitars were both caressed and attacked and notes were bent, when strings virtually bled emotion.

They just don’t make them like they used to.

Who plays like Johnny Winter anymore? I asked myself that time and again as I listened to Winter shred the disc opener, “Guess I’ll Go Away,” or while he led his audience on the 20+ minute blues opus (and jam odyssey) “It’s My Own Fault.” Records like this serve as a reminder that guitar greats like Winter, Eric Clapton,  and B.B. King, who are still with us, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Luther Allison, and Muddy Waters, who are not, represent a transient force in the musical world. The question of who will grab the mantle when these blues greats are gone is most certainly begged here.

Winter certainly deserves a seat at the roundtable of the guitar greats. Upon getting this disc, I made sure to put in rotation for my 10 year old son, J.P., who has been playing guitar for about a 18 months. While he loves his Metallica and AC/DC, I am making sure he knows the names of great players like Chet Atkins, Tony Rice, Earl Hooker, the aforementioned blues greats, and Johnny Winter.

Because then, maybe, just maybe, we can start making them again like we used to.

Johnny Winter And: Live at The Fillmore East 10/3/70 is out now on Collector’s Choice Music.

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