Johnny Winter And Long Tall Sally

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“Rock and Rolllll!!!!!” is a weird way to start the last song on a live blues album in 1971, but that’s how Johnny Winter began the ending of 1971’s Live as he belted out “Johnny B. Goode.” His version of “Long Tall Sally” is 0:48 seconds long! This is a rock and roll album and, though there are songs that last as long as many of the 1970s’ unicorn-jazz tunes, everything on this album is rock and rollJohnny Winter blues-rock that is.


When Johnny Winter strings out a song on his Live album he plays guitar like a madman throughout, so that even long ones like “It’s My Own Fault”—an obvious blues tune clocking in at 11:56 minutes—is a coherent song devoid of aimless drum solos and lost guitarists.  Not a single flute pandering the upper aria of the stadium, it’s rock and roll.  And he’s got a voice that George Martin may ponder but not alter. This is such a real album that nothing can be done with it without diminishing what it was and is. Great minimalist production by Rick Derringer and Johnny Winter.

Rock and Roll Medley

“Great Balls of Fire,” “Long Tall Sally,”  “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Johnny B. Goode” are core tunes in any great, live rock and roll album.  From 1971 onward the bar is set high. Raunchy and belligerent rock and roll is exemplified in Live from 1971, almost to the extent we can call this proto-punk with blues intentions.


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