Live Johnny Winter And

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Live Johnny Winter And
Live Johnny Winter And album.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMarch 1971 (1971-03)
RecordedFall 1970
Venue
GenreBlues rock
LabelColumbia
ProducerJohnny Winter, Rick Derringer
Johnny Winter chronology
Johnny Winter And
(1970)
Live Johnny Winter And
(1971)
Still Alive and Well
(1973)

Live Johnny Winter And is an album by Johnny Winter, recorded with his group Johnny Winter And live during the fall of 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York City and at Pirate's World in Dania, Florida. It was released in March 1971.

Besides Winter, the group included guitarist Rick Derringer and bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, both former members of the McCoys, and drummer Bobby Caldwell (Caldwell replaced ex-McCoy Randy Zehringer after the group recorded their self-titled studio album a few months earlier).

The album was one of Winter's most successful on the album charts in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. A single from the album, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" backed with "Good Morning Little School Girl", was his highest showing on the U.S. Hot 100 chart. In 2010, additional songs recorded during the same tour were released on Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]

In a review for AllMusic, Bruce Eder noted that, although the album was recorded during the tour to promote the group's recent studio album, it "is weighted very heavily toward Winter's covers of well-known rock & roll numbers ... But for all of the musical virtues (and obvious joy) that Winter and company bring to those standards, the most interesting cuts here are 'It's My Own Fault' and Winter's own 'Mean Town Blues'."[1]

Robert Christgau found fault with "Mean Town Blues", however, he felt "this is what every live album ought to be and all too few are: loud, fast, raucous, and to the point".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Good Morning Little School Girl"Don Level, Bob Love[3]4:35
2."It's My Own Fault"Jules Taub, Riley King12:14
3."Jumpin' Jack Flash"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards4:26
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock and Roll Medley" 6:46
2."Mean Town Blues"Johnny Winter8:59
3."Johnny B. Goode"Chuck Berry3:22

Personnel[edit]

Johnny Winter And
Production
  • Produced by Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer
  • On-site production: Murray Krugman
  • Engineering: Jim Reeves, Jim Greene, Tim Geelan, Ronnie Albert, Howie Albert, Russ Payne
  • Photography: Norman Seeff
  • Design: Dick Mantel, Norman Seeff

Charts and certification[edit]

Live Johnny Winter And is the only Winter album to be certified by the RIAA as "Gold" (selling in excess of 500,000 copies) in the U.S.[5] In the UK, it peaked at number 20, which was his best showing on the UK Albums Chart.[6] It was also Winter's highest performing live album on the U.S. Billboard 200 and Canadian RPM100 album charts.[7][8] A single from the album, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" backed with "Good Morning Little School Girl", reached number 89 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and became his highest entry on the main U.S. singles chart.[9]

1971 album charts
Chart Peak
position
Ref(s)
Canada RPM 100 Albums 48 [8]
UK Official Charts 20 [6]
US Billboard 200 40 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Johnny Winter: Live – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X – via Robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ In 1961, Level and Love wrote and recorded an R&B version of the song originally recorded by John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson in 1937.
  4. ^ Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer are usually credited as the songwriters for the Jerry Lee Lewis song.
  5. ^ "Johnny Winter Live: Certified Gold". RIAA. January 28, 1974. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Johnny Winter – Albums". Official Charts. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Johnny Winter: Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "RPM100 Albums". RPM. Vol. 15 no. 9. April 17, 1971 – via Collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  9. ^ "Johnny Winter: Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 5, 2020.