Sometimes when I hear an album that I first heard as a teenager (many, many years ago in my case) and raved about, I find myself cringing and wondering what on earth I was thinking way back then. I bought 'Johnny Winter' way back in 1969, when it was first released. There was no very good reason for the purchase other than that the album was in the 'Blues' rack and the guy on the cover looked 'interesting'. It was the first time I had heard slide guitar played blues-style (although Hawaiian guitar was quite popular then), and it 'blew my mind', to use the parlance of the era; Johnny Winter's exuberant guitar and rasping voice brought joy into my world.
Just recently I found a song from the album, 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' was going through my head, I don't know why, I hadn't heard the song for decades. It kept coming back until I decided that I needed to hear that album again, so it was off to the Amazon website to find Johnny Winter. I recognised the album cover immediately - a simple three-quarter portrait, backlit white hair against a black background - and put in my order.
The CD arrived a few days later. Here goes, would this be a cringe-maker or a classic? In fact I found the album even better than remembered; my musical knowledge now is rather better than it was 40+ years ago, and I could appreciate the artistry and raw talent even more. This really is one of the all time great albums, a treasure from the past.