Johnny "Guitar" Watson And the Family Clone
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- Released: January 17, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Shout Factory
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Personnel: Johnny "Guitar" Watson (vocals, various instruments); Emery Thomas (drums).
Recorded at Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Emry Thomas (drums).
Audio Mixers: Johnny "Guitar" Watson; Clint Bennett.
Audio Remasterer: Keith Blake.
Liner Note Author: Ernest Hardy.
Recording information: Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Paramount.
Author: Virginia "Ginny G" Watson.
Illustrator: Taki Ono.
Photographer: Lisa Powers.
Arranger: Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
This intriguing and bizarre album was originally released in 1981, and features Johnny "Guitar" Watson playing all the instruments and singing all the vocal parts. The end result has a surprisingly contemporary 21st century feel, and sounds a bit like Shuggie Otis' similarly lost-solo sessions from a decade earlier, mixing hard blues, jazz, soul and touches of funk into a fascinating hybrid that is remarkably fluid and light on its feet. The whole album is of a piece, but some obvious highlights include "Family Clone," "Ain't Movin'," "Voodoo What You Do," and some mind-blowing vocoder guitar on "Come Dance with Me." Not quite a great lost classic, but it comes pretty darn close. [Also released with bonus tracks.] ~ Steve Leggett
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