- Released: May 31, 2011
- Label: Sony Japan
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..."
- 1.I'm Yours and I'm Hers
- 2.Be Careful With a Fool
- 4.Mean Mistreater
- 5.Leland Mississippi Blues
- 6.Good Morning Little School Girl
- 7.When You Got a Good Friend
- 8.I'll Drown In My Own Tears
- 9.Back Door Friend
- 10.Country Girl
- 12.Two Steps From the Blues
- 13.Leland Mississippi Blues [Live At the Woodstock Music & Art Fair]
- 14.Mean Town Blues [Live At the Woodstock Music & Art Fair]
Also available in a 3-pack with SECOND WINTER and CAPTURED LIVE.
Personnel: Johnny Winter (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, harp); Tommy Shannon (electric bass); "Uncle" John Turner (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Tomoyuki Yamazaki; Kuni Takeuchi.
Recording information: Nashville (02/1969); San Francisco (02/1969); The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (02/1969); Nashville (03/05/1969); San Francisco (03/05/1969); The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (03/05/1969); Nashville (08/18/1969); San Francisco (08/18/1969); The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (08/18/1969).
Photographers: 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.