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Johnny Winter: Birds Can't Row Boats

Track List

>World Turns All Around Her, The - (previously unreleased)
>Avocado Green
>Leavin' Blues [Alternate Version]
>You Were Once a Man - (previously unreleased)
>Birds Can't Row Boats - (previously unreleased)
>Take a Chance on My Love
>Ballad of Bertha Glutz - (previously unreleased)
>Coming Up Fast - (previously unreleased)
>Livin' in the Blues - (previously unreleased)
>Livin' in the Blues [Alternate Version]
>Easy Lovin' Girl
>Parchman Farm - (previously unreleased)
>Pneumonia Blues - (previously unreleased)
>Be Careful With a Fool - (previously unreleased)
>Sloppy Drunk - (previously unreleased)
>Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - (previously unreleased)
>Hook You - (previously unreleased)
>World Turns All Around Her, The - (previously unreleased)
>Don't Drink Whiskey
>Pneumonia Blues
>32-20 Blues
>Kind Hearted Woman
>Goin' Down Slow
>Leavin' Blues
>Suicide Won't Satisfy
>I Had to Cry - (previously unreleased)
>Gone for Bad - (previously unreleased)
>Don't Hide It
>Ballad of Bertha Glutz - (previously unreleased)
>Comin' Up Fast, Pt. 1
>Comin' Up Fast, Pt. 2
>Bad News - (previously unreleased)
>Rock Me - (previously unreleased)
>Livin in the Blues - (previously unreleased)
>Ballad of Bertha Glutz - (previously unreleased)
>Take a Chance on My Love - (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Roy Ames.

An oddly named release, 1988's BIRDS CAN'T ROW BOATS is an easy-going, primarily acoustic set of country blues-style Winter originals and well-chosen covers. Even on the ramshackle version of "Blue Suede Shoes," the tempo barely rises above a crawl, and the ragged-but-right trio performances sound so off-the-cuff that one can't help but think this was an after-hours jam session--or possibly a rehearsal--where the tape recorder just happened to be running.

Winter's minute-long "Don't Drink Whiskey" features some scarifying slide and a nearly-incomprehensible lead vocal that suggests Winter had disregarded the title's advice before laying down the track. Only three of the album's 15 songs break the three-minute mark, and only the nearly six-minute "Goin' Down Slow" features much soloing by Winter. BIRDS CAN'T ROW BOATS is strictly for fans, but it's an intimate, low-key gem.



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