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On a Limb of its Own
on 14 February 2007
I think this LP came out in '71 and I discovered it in '73 having been introdiced via 'Still Alive and Well'. Wow, what a difference two years make! From the hard rock of SAAW, this was much gentler (and for the most part) phazed, psychedelic funky-blues rock. This album became my 'authentic' sound of the era I'd missed through being just a little too young.
'Funky music' blew me away with its 'stereo' guitar, i.e. two completely different squarking solos going off in each speaker.
The solo at the end of 'Nothing Left' was spellbinding.
Although they didn't really feature guitar solos, I really loved 'No Time To live' with its beyond blues-style despair...and 'let The Music Play' was lush, soulful blues with female backing vocals.
'R&R Hoochie Koo' has become a classic.
There were a couple of stinkers on the album (inc. on the limb), but over the years, I've grown to love them all.
There was never another JW album quite like this and I don't know if anyone else, Hendrix included, quite mastered this degree of psychedelia all in one place(?)
I guess it is very (very) dated now, but if you are just getting into the man Winter, then this is as different as it gets until he dabbles with phazed blues on John Dawson Winter III.
I love it