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Johnny Winter - Live Through the Seventies DVD

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The visual and audio components are not the best in this dvd Johnny Winter Live In The Seventies. It's something you expect to find in the bootlegger and trader's circles. A roughly thrown together collage of performances acting as reference points for Johnny's multi-colored career.

For the hard-core fans it wont matter. Though Johnny's heart has been true to the blues, watching him rip through "Rock N Roll, Hootchie Coo" and "Stone County on the Don Kirshner Rock Concert segment was testimony of his prowess. His Gibson Firebird trademark licks put him on the top, making him a contender for the serious gunslinger roll.

Taken from performances on Danish Television, Royal Albert Hall, The Beat Club or other European venues, this is a vintage jeep ride throughout that decade.

Through a revolving door policy of musicians, Winter always stood out. Yes. The albino part stands out. But it takes a backseat when watching Winter tear into songs with uncontrollable abandon.

Joined by Junior Wells and Doctor John, Winter has the time of his life when he puts his spin on "Walking Through The Park."

Interview coverage from Detroit Tubeworks in Detroit, MI (1970) find an affable Winter making jokes, providing insight and playing with his bass player alone on a "Key To The Highway." It may be sloppy although it doesn't result into a train wreck.

Before going into "Mississippi Blues" shown on the Rockpalast segment, Johnny mentions if it wasn't for the blues, there wouldn't be no rock 'n' roll. At that time, the interest in blues wasn't high. Now over thirty years later, the missing link is in place.

Though it's not on a par with music DVDs being released today, Live In The Seventies showcases a man who connected well with his audiences. Adept at rock with a strong blues base, Johnny knew how to shake it. He's still alive today. Playing at Clapton's Crossroads festival this year proves that the man has a little magic left in his mojo..

Reviewed by Gary "Wingman" Weeks.

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