Down Beat - 9/92, p.394 Stars
- Very Good - "...What's most impressive about LET ME IN is the variety of emotional and musical textures Winter can summon with the constraints of his primarily balls-out style...The Mad Albino is still at the top of his game..."
Personnel: Johnny Winter (vocals, guitar); Billy Branch (harmonica); Dr. John, Ken Saydak (piano); Jeff Ganz (bass); Tom Compton (drums).
The WhoMe's Vocal Ensemble: Dennis Drugan, Margaret Drugan, Johnny Drugan, Brian Drugan, Dave Brickson, John Gabrysiak, Dick Shurman.
Recorded at Streeterville, Chicago, Illinois.
Personnel: Johnny Winter (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Margaret Drugan, Dick Shurman, John Gabrysiak, David Brickson, Johnny Drugan, The Who Me's, Dennis Dugan (vocals); Billy Branch (harmonica); Dr. John, Ken Saydak (piano); Jeff Ganz (upright bass, electric bass, fretless bass); Tom Compton (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Axelbaum.
Recording information: Streeterville Recording Studios, Chicago, IL.
Photographer: Mark Weiss.
One of Johnny Winter's relatively few major-label albums since leaving Columbia in the late '70s, 1991's LET ME IN is happily free of any attempts to enhance his blues-rock sound with slick embellishments. Surrounded by a tight band featuring a full horn section, Winter plays and sings in his usual style, with a minimum of flash--Winter's probably the most economical blues-rock guitarist there is--and plenty of good humor.
The surprise is in Winter's vocals. Stuck with a fairly thin and reedy voice, he has never been as adept a singer as he is a guitarist, but on LET ME IN, his voice has a newfound power and authority. His renditions of the standards "Illustrated Man" and "Life Is Hard" are so sure and true that they sound like originals. There's also the bonus of Dr. John adding his patented New Orleans voodoo boogie to four tracks.