Rolling Stone (9/3/70, p.46) - "...The closest classification that fits is free-form jazz--but even that, while explaining the musical framework, doesn't take into account Edgar's distinctive vocal style..."
Personnel: Edgar Winter (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, organ), Randal Dolanon (guitar), Paul Gershman, Gene Cahn, Ralph Oxman, Russell Sakus, Emanuel Green (strings), Ray Alonge, Earl W. Chapin, Brooks Tillotson (horns), Tommy Shannon, Gene Kurtz (bass), Jimmy Gillen, John Turner (drums).
Personnel: Edgar Winter (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, organ); Randal Dolanon (guitar); Gene Cahn, Ralph Oxman, Russell Savkus, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green (strings); Johnny Winter (harmonica); Brooks Tillotson, Earl Chapin, Ray Alonge (horns); Jimmy Gillen (drums).
Edgar Winter came out of the chute kicking with this remarkable record filled with jazz, blues, and a little old-fashioned rock & roll. The record follows an established theme throughout its first side, stringing the songs together without breaks, highlighted by dreamy keyboard and sax work, plus Winter's smooth vocalizations. But jazz isn't the only thing Winter brings to the party. His first recorded version of the old J.D. Loudermilk tune "Tobacco Road" throws a few nice punches (although the live version with White Trash a few years later would prove the definitive one). "Jimmy's Gospel" plays on his early church influences, while "Jump Right Out" is the predecessor of half-a-dozen "jump up and dance" numbers Winter would pepper his records with in the years to come. ~ Michael B. Smith