Johnny "Guitar" Watson The Very Best of Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Gangster of Love
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- Digitally Mastered By: Little Walter DeVenne
- Liner Notes: Victor Pearlin
- Compiled By: Victor Pearlin
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
With a recording career that lasted over forty years, John Watson was one of the very few R&B artists who actually had more success later on rather than in the beginning. Although he was often billed as Johnny "Guitar" Watson, he began his career in music as a pianist, only switching to guitar after several years of recording. The recordings featured here come from Watson's two tenures with King Records. John recorded seven singles for the King subsidiary, Federal, between 1952 and 1954, billed as Young John Watson. Likewise, he also recorded seven additional singles (and an LP) for King between 1961 and 1963.
- 1.No I Can't
- 2.Motor Head Baby
- 3.Highway 60
- 4.Sad Fool
- 5.I Got Eyes
- 6.What's Goin' On
- 7.Walkin' To My Baby
- 9.Space Guitar
- 10.Half Pint-Of-Whiskey
- 11.Gettin' Drunk
- 12.You Can't Take It With You
- 13.Embraceable You
- 15.Cuttin' In
- 16.The Nearness Of You
- 17.Broke And Lonely
- 18.What You Do To Me
- 19.I Just Wants Me Some Love
- 20.Sweet Lovin' Mama
- 21.Cold Cold Heart
- 22.I Say I Love You
- 23.You Better Love Me
- 24.That's The Chance You've Got To Take
- 25.In The Evenin'
- 26.Those Lonely Lonely Nights
- 27.Gangster Of Love
Liner Note Author: Victor Pearlin.
THE VERY BEST OF JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON is a misleading title. This compilation covers only Watson's earliest recordings, but it shows what an explosive and diverse talent he was right from the start (and would continue to be throughout a career that went well into the 1990s). Though he started off as a pianist (Watson shows off his hot boogie woogie skills on a few tracks here), his true goal was to do some damage with the guitar.
"Space Guitar," for example, from 1954--which leads off this set--is a mind-blower. With its blistering fingering and psychedelic effects, the song sounds like nothing so much as Jimi Hendrix some 13 years before Hendrix burst onto the scene. But even when Watson takes it back home for some gutbucket blues, his style is pyrotechnic and distinctive. In his dexterity and the fierceness of his attack, Watson sounds far, far ahead of his time, a fact that only adds to the pleasure he provides on these fine blues tracks.
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