Johnny Winter box set to rival last year’s stunning Duane Allman package

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By Steve Newton

Last year’s top prize for old-school guitar freaks was undoubtedly Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, the seven-disc box set issued on the Rounder label. And now it looks like the biggest “oh-god-I-gotta-have-it!” item in the same category will be True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, which arrives via Sony’s Legacy Recordings this Tuesday (February 25).

The four-disc package–which includes 56 tracks spanning 27 albums–hits the streets two days after Winter celebrates his 70th birthday with a show at the B.B King Blues Club & Grill in New York.

One of the many highlights of True To the Blues is bound to be the King-penned “It’s My Own Fault”, which captures Winter sitting in with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield at the Fillmore East in December of ’68. In the audience that night was a friend of famed record-mogul Clive Davis, who put the bug in his ear about this shit-hot albino blues-rocker from Texas.

Next thing you knew Winter had been signed to Columbia Records for the then-unprecedented amount of $600,000. The rest is history–and about 23-million of the wildest guitar licks ever laid down for man’s perpetual enjoyment.

Track listing

Disc: 1

  • 1. Bad Luck and Trouble
  • 2. Mean Town Blues
  • 3. Mike Bloomfield’s Introduction of Johnny Winter – Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield
  • 4. It’s My Own Fault – Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper feat. Johnny Winter
  • 5. I’m Yours and I’m Hers
  • 6. Mean Mistreater
  • 7. Dallas
  • 8. Be Careful With a Fool
  • 9. Leland Mississippi Blues
  • 10. Memory Pain
  • 11. Highway 61 Revisited
  • 12. Miss Ann
  • 13. Hustled Down in Texas
  • 14. Black Cat Bone
  • 15. Johnny B. Goode

Disc: 2

  • 1. Eyesight to the Blind
  • 2. Johnny Winter’s Intro
  • 3. Prodigal Son
  • 4. Mean Mistreater
  • 5. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
  • 6. Guess I’ll Go Away
  • 7. On the Limb
  • 8. It’s My Own Fault
  • 9. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  • 10. Good Morning Little School Girl
  • 11. Mean Town Blues

Disc: 3

  • 1. Still Alive and Well
  • 2. Rock Me Baby
  • 3. Rock & Roll
  • 4. Rollin’ ‘Cross the Country
  • 5. Hurtin’ So Bad
  • 6. Bad Luck Situation
  • 7. Self Destructive Blues
  • 8. Sweet Papa John
  • 9. Rock & Roll People
  • 10. Harlem Shuffle – Edgar Winter & Johnny Winter
  • 11. Bony Moronie
  • 12. Roll With Me
  • 13. Tired of Tryin’
  • 14. TV Mama
  • 15. Walkin’ Thru the Park
  • 16. I Done Got over It – Johnny Winter with Muddy Waters & James Cotton

Disc: 4

  • 1. One Step at a Time
  • 2. Honest I Do
  • 3. Nickel Blues
  • 4. Talk Is Cheap
  • 5. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
  • 6. Bon Ton Roulet
  • 7. Don’t Take Advantage of Me
  • 8. Master Mechanic
  • 9. Mojo Boogie
  • 10. Stranger Blues
  • 11. Illustrated Man
  • 12. Hard Way
  • 13. Highway 61 Revisited
  • 14. Maybellene – Johnny Winter & Vince Gill
  • 15. Dust My Broom – Johnny Winter & Derek Trucks

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