One of my huge regrets in life is not being at this concert. Missing Cream at Fillmore West is the other.
That being said, if you own 2 rock CDs, this should be one of them. It is one of the top five rock albums of all time and the hardest of the Johnny Winter albums, played when he was at his absolute peak. Not only that, playing off with Rick Derringer at his career peak, and the solid bass of Randy Jo Hobbs, and the driving intensity of drummer Bobby Caldwell will kick your body and head and leave you breathless, gasping for more. You WILL replay it, louder.
Every song is excellent, from memory: It starts with Good Morning Little School Girl, an old Chuck Berry song gone berzerk. Next is the most perfect rock 'n roll song - ever, period: Jumpin' Jack Flash. OMG! C. Michael Bailey from All About Jazz says, "Jumpin' Jack Flash is as final a statement in Rock Music as can be hoped for". Or might I add, be possible. It starts fast and rises perfectly to a peak and then comes down to just the right place. "Next we're gonna slow things down and do some blues for ya" - yeah, right: Its My Own Fault: The rhythm is blues, but the guitar is blazing fast. How does he do that? Next is the Rock 'n Roll Medley, a rising intensity of insanity thinly masquerading as three old rock 'n roll songs - Great Balls of Fire/Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) climaxing in a guitar explosion that would leave Jerry Lee Lewis breathless. Winter's own Mean Town Blues is next - are you ready for it? No rest for you - A nine minute flaying of your sensibilities, the pace is laid down by a relentless Caldwell and raw-wired over with almost sadistic guitar work. The drum beat increases in speed and ferocity to near insanity. Johnny B. Goode is last, but not least; a fast riff on riff slamming the album's door shut in your face. There isn't a mistake in the whole album, just an intensity that most guitarists can't even dream about.
These boys are the best; at their best. And they'll leave you breathless and wanting more.
I have to add what I did once to Mean Town Blues.
In the pre-digital days when the album first came out, I put 2 identical albums on their own turntables, then recorded both on 1/4" HQ tape. They were perfectly synchronized at the start. One of them had a fine speed adjustment, and when the song got to the end of the vocals at 1:50, I ran the speed up on one to be exactly half a beat off to double the intensity, bringing them together at the end of the instrumentals. Man, did it work!