Follow us:

Soundposts

A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

February 25, 2014 at 5:00 AM

A lifetime of Johnny Winter’s blues on new box set | New recordings

Johnny Winter, ‘True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story’ (Columbia/Legacy)

 

This terrific collection is a primer of all things Johnny Winter (who celebrated his 70th birthday in February), drawing on tracks that span over 40 years.

 

"True to the Blues" offers 56 tracks on four CDs. (Columbia/Legacy)

“True to the Blues” offers 56 tracks on four CDs. (Columbia/Legacy)

The main reason this four-CD set is so comprehensive is that unlike a typical “best of” compilation, which usually features the work an artist has recorded for one label, “True to the Blues” has work originally released by eight different labels, as well as two previously unreleased live tracks.

 

Live material is a key component in the set, and rightly so, for a compelling performer like Winter, who burns his way through classic rock ‘n’ roll covers like “Bony Maronie,” his own stellar interpretation of “Highway 61 Revisited” as performed at Bob Dylan’s 1992 30th anniversary celebration, and sizzling originals like “It’s My Own Fault.”

 

A musician of Winter’s caliber also attracts equally notable talents to his side, and you’ll find them popping up all over “True to the Blues,” including Michael Bloomfield, Dr. John, and Rick Derringer, as well as some of the very blues musicians that inspired Winter in the first place, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters.

 

It’s a fun ride through Winter’s career that will leave you thoroughly steeped in the blues.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►