Let me in (1991) CD
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Johnny Winter - Let me in (1991)
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"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.Read more ›
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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This is an excellent album and one of Johnny's best. Great mixture of tracks from rockers to blues and a couple of sublime acoustic tracks. Also contains some great guitar work. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Woodpecker4