Q - 5/97, p.1444 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Winter's vocals rasp with a raw edge that matches his cranium-scooping guitar sound...Before the '70s, Winter was burrowing beneath some deep blues roots."
Down Beat - p.683.5 stars out of 5
- "His lines, even the speediest and the wildest, have a sense of order. Back then, Winter could really sing, too..."
Also available in a 3-pack with SECOND WINTER and CAPTURED LIVE.
Personnel: Johnny Winter (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica); Johnny Winter; Big Walter Horton (harmonica); Albert Wynn Butler (tenor saxophone); Norman Ray (baritone saxophone); Karl Garin (trumpet); Peggy Bowers, Elsie Senter, Carrie Hossell (background vocals); Edgar Winter (alto saxophone, piano); Willie Dixon (acoustic bass); Tommy Shannon (electric bass); John Turner .
Audio Mixer: Thom Cadley.
Liner Note Author: Steven Paul.
Recording information: Nashville, TN (02/??/1969-03/05/1969); San Francisco, CA (02/??/1969-03/05/1969).
Photographers: Hiro ; Eddie Kramer; Sandy Speiser.
Among white blues singers of the 1960s, there were some who studied the music so intently they amazed even the genre's creators with their technical mastery. A select few, however, seemed to be born oozing authenticity, sounding just as soulful as the greatest black bluesmen while forging a completely new sound. Johnny Winter belonged in the second category. A long-haired hippie albino, he astounded initially skeptical listeners with his Howlin' Wolf-like vocals and wild Johnny Guitar Watson-esque guitar stylings. THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE showcases Winter's first taste of national exposure, first with his 1969 self-titled debut album, and then with his set at the Woodstock festival later the same year. The latter recording is the revelation here--a tornado of raging slide guitar and shouted vocals that sounds as if a late night Lone Star State roadhouse gig has been magically transported to the upstate New York farm. With several tracks clocking in at over 10 minutes ("Mean Town Blues," a hellacious Edgar Winter-led jam on "Tobacco Road"), the album showcases Johnny at his freest and most explosive.