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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable blues-rock and some terrific guitar playing (as usual), 7 Sept. 2003
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Docendo Discimus (Vita scholae) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Let Me In (Audio CD)
1991s "Let Me In" features thirteen primarily electric songs, a good, sympathetic little band, and guest appearances by harpist Billy Branch and R&B-veteran Dr John. The good doctor plays piano on several tracks, getting off a particularly terrific solo on "Sugaree", and Billy Branch's amplified harp duets with Johnny Winter's gritty slide guitar on the WInter-penned slow blues "If You got a Good Woman", and plays tasteful fills on a fine cover of Jimmy Reed's "Shame Shame Shame".

"Let Me In" is certainly one of Winters' better latter-day efforts. It featuring some magnificent, blazing guitar playing (of course it does), and a number of really good performances, including the energetic opener, "Illustrated Man", the bubbling, funky swagger of "Medicine Man", and the magnificent acoustic title track, a Son House-like slide guitar blues right out of the Delta. Johnny Winter is one of the best white musicians I have ever heard play the acoustic slide guitar, and this song brings back memories of his masterful playing on Muddy Waters' "Hard Again" album.

And the goodies keep coming. The aforementioned "If you Got a Good Woman" channels the late, great Elmore James, Winter plays a smouldering electric solo on the soulful, if uncharacteristic, ballad "Life Is Hard", and he and Mac Rebennack show off their chops on the Dr John-penned blues-rocker "You Lie Too Much". Oh, and don't forget to notice the jazzy throwback "Blue Mood", a slow, smoky number penned by 50s songwriter Jessie Mae Robinson.

But in order to be fair I also have to mention that Winter's somewhat predictable versions of old-time rockers like "Barefootin'" and "You're Humbuggin' Me" may not be to the liking of those fans who prefer his bluesier side, and there are a couple of bland, generic exercises here which never get really off the ground, particularly "Hey You" and "Got to Find my Baby".
Still, most of this album is really enjoyable, with something for the blues-lovers and something for the rock n' roll fans, too, and "Let Me In" is a very fine purchase for Winter fans, even if it fails to live up to his best 60s and 70s efforts. And Winter's guitar prowess remain almost unchallenged.
A good one! 4 1/4 stars. Yep, have to have that quarter star there...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm An Illustrated Man...Got Tattoos Everywhere..." - JOHNNY WINTER'S "Let Me In", 24 Feb. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Let Me In (Audio CD)
Sometimes an artist locked into a genre like say SOUL or BLUES produces so many albums across a staggeringly long career - they can get overlooked - or even ignored. Winter's "Let Me In" is a case in point. Because the only word to describe this album of non-stop Boogie and Blues is `blistering'.

It starts out fast with "Illustrated Man" (lyrics above) - slows down on occasion to Blues up your living room ("Life Is Hard") - then continues rattling your speakers with fabulous rocking stuff like the 2:43 minutes of "Hey You" until they beg for mercy come the end.

First released on Virgin's Pointblank label imprint in August 1991 on LP, MC and CD (Voiceprint VPB 5) - it's top heavy with covers - but versions that satisfy. There's Robert Parker's "Barefootin'", Rusty Lee's "Sugaree" [written by Marty Robbins], Jimmy Reed's "Shame Shame Shame", Dr. John's "You Lie Too Much" and acoustic blues on Jesse Mae Robinson's "Blue Mood".

The band features the heavy Harmonica warbling of Billy Branch on three - "Hey You", "Shame Shame Shame" and "If You Got A Good Woman" - while Dr. John tinkers the ivories on three others - ""You Lie Too Much", "Barefootin'" and "Life Is Hard".

The menace in "Medicine Man" is fantastic too. But if you really want to hear how good Johnny Winter can be with a sympathetic band backing him - go to YouTube and seek out a video someone has posted of "If You Got A Good Woman" - one of the two originals on here. It features both Ken Saydek (Rounder Records) and Dr. John on piano with Billy Branch on Harmonica and Winter ripping up and down the frets. Holy crap! And Wow!

Bluesman - boogie merchant - call him what you want. Muddy Waters once called him the best Blues Guitarist in the world. That's praise I could live with.

Get this fab little CD in your life folks...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply stunning!!!!!, 26 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Let Me In (Audio CD)
This is IMO the greatest album that Johnny Winter has ever recorded. It literally bristles with energy and the musicianship is nothing short of mind-blowing. From racy high-octane rockers to slower, more contemplative pieces this album hits the spot each and every time. There are no awkward moments or tracks that shouldn't be here, it is just stunning. If you want to hear an album of unbelievably powerful, passionate yet thoughtful guitar playing then this is for you. If you want an album with lots of smooth edges and safe playing, this is definitely not for you. I defy anyone to not want to take a breather after hearing "Hey You" or "Sugaree" and the delight that is "Blue Mood" has to be heard to be believed. A great album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues does not often get better!, 2 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Let Me In (Audio CD)
This album is an absolute must for any true blues fan and in my opinion is the best release from master guitarist Johnny Winter. It has a bit of everything that the blues is and should be. For those looking for the perfect introduction to Johnny Winter this album is an excellent place to start and will probably stay in your CD player for some considerable time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Update, 10 Dec. 2013
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I just love this album. I've had on cassette for YEARS and thought I'd better get it on CD before the tape finally wears out......or breaks!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Nov. 2014
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MANY THANKS.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Great album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Oct. 2014
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Excellent
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