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Johnny Winter: Hey Where's Your Brother?

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (11/20/92, p.90) - "...incendiary isn't enough: There should be a warning to check your smoke detector before listening to this sparkler of an album..." - Rating: B+

Q (12/92, p.141) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a highly efficient set, ideally suited to a small, sticky club environment..."

Dirty Linen (Apr/May 93, p.60) - "...Guitar aficionados unfamiliar with Winter's work will hear how he influenced fellow Texan Stevie Ray Vaughan, with his raw tone and interplay with his rhythm section..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Johnny Winter (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Edgar Winter (vocals, saxophone, organ); Billy Branch (harmonica); Jeff Ganz (acoustic, fretless, 6- & 8-string electric basses); Tom Compton (drums, percussion).

Recorded at Streeterville Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois between May & July 1992.

Maybe it's because they look almost exactly alike--and it's a look you're not likely to forget--but more than any other pair of brothers in rock & roll, Johnny and Edgar Winter will always be thought of as a duo, despite the fact that they really don't play together very much. Johnny's a straight-up bluesman, after all, a white-hot guitarist with roots in the Texas soul of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian. Little brother Edgar, a keyboard and saxophone prodigy, has more eclectic tastes, with his own albums ranging from jazz-tinged instrumental funk to space-prog epics.

The joke is that even on 1992's HEY, WHERE'S YOUR BROTHER--a phrase both of them must hear a dozen times a day--Edgar only joins his big brother on a few tracks, a soulful rendition of Charles Brown's blues classic "Please Come Home for Christmas" being a clear highlight. Another treat is the sassy "You Must Have a Twin," one of the non-twins' few co-written songs. The whole album bristles with good humor and genial attitude, making it one of the most enjoyable items in either brother's catalogue.


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