Johnny Winter’s place in music history is well defined. He often had Jimi Hendrix stop by to jam at his club in the ‘60s, and he ushered in the powerful second stage of Muddy Waters’ career, producing creatively inspired records for the blues legend.
On The Johnny Winter Anthology, the Texas blues impresario receives a fitting tribute over the course of two discs. Winter’s electric rock-and-roll has spanned 40 years, and Anthology gets off to a fiery start with "Rollin’ and Tumblin’" from 1967’s The Progressive Blues Experiment. Winter’s nimble fingers dance all over his audacious debut for Columbia Records on "Be Careful with a Fool" and "Country Girl." But, it’s his masterful selection of covers that will entice the average listener. Bob Dylan’s "Highway 61 Revisited," Chuck Berry’s "Johnny B. Goode," and The Rolling Stones’ "Jumpin’ Jack Flash" all match the originals with searing intensity. With Winter’s hellfire growl and cascading lead string arpeggio’s, "Mean Town Blues" from the guitarist’s Live album remains Anthology’s high point. The second disc contains killer versions of "Hideaway," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Bony Moronie."
For either the novice or dedicated follower of Johnny Winter, Anthology is a golden trek through the back roads music of one of the most influential musicians of the past half century.
The Johnny Winter Anthology is out now on Shout! Factory.