Audio Cassette Details
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Epic Records
Personnel: Johnny Winter (vocals, guitar, harp, bass, drums); Rick Derringer (vocals, guitar); Randy Jo Hobbs (vocals, bass); Pat Rush, Bob Margolin (guitar); Pat Ramsey, James Cotton, Walter "Shakey" Horton (harp); Edgar Winter, Pinetop Perkins (piano); I.P. Sweat, Charles Calmese, Willie Dixon, Tommy Shannon (bass); Bobby Torello, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums); Uncle John Turner, Bobby Caldwell (percussion).
A brief 10-track collection of some of Johnny Winter's bluesier '70s work for Columbia Records, SCORCHIN' BLUES is a fine anthology of an under-explored area of Winter's career. Although post-Columbia records like GUITAR SLINGER were more solidly blues-based than the blues-rock fusion Winter explored on albums like 1970's JOHNNY WINTER AND, and 1974's SAINTS AND SINNERS, he did record a fair number of tradition blues songs in acoustic Delta, Texas slide, and electric Chicago styles.
SCORCHIN' BLUES gathers the best of these recordings, from the whimsical "Divin' Duck," to the wry "Mother-in-Law Blues," to the scarifying version of Champion Jack Dupree's "Mean Mistreater" that was the highlight of 1969's Columbia debut JOHNNY WINTER. More for the casual fan than the diehard--who no doubt already owns all these songs--SCORCHIN' BLUES shows just how formidable Johnny Winter's blues roots are.