JOHNNY WINTER AND Live (1971) & Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (2010) – R.I.P. 7/16/14

Live (1971)
Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (1970/2010)
White Hot Blues

JOHNNY WINTER PASSED YESTERDAY, HE WAS 70 YEARS OLD. WE FIRST POSTED THESE IN 2011. Two scorching live albums from Johnny Winter’s highly combustible band, And, featuring Rick Derringer. The first, from 1971, is a teenage classic, fusing blues and rock (and rock and roll) like few albums before it. I was hardly a blues purist when Live was heating up my turntable back in the day. I knew he was playing blues, but Winter always came across like a madman rocker to me. Alien, mysterious, screaming half the time, while his leads were manic and ripping – generally sounding uncorked and uncontrollable – with a recklessness most players lacked, or couldn’t maintain. Of course, vinyl LPs had their limitations, so the newly released Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 gives you the bigger picture with the expanded playing time. The first live album was about 40 minutes. For the new one, over 40 minutes is devoted to just two lengthy excursions, “It’s My Own Fault” (22:25) and “Mean Town Blues” (18:08). I’ll decline comparing the two, since I was married to the first live LP for decades. Want to hear some early JW? Listen to Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper introduce Winter to New York on Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 (HERE in the archives). Find Live (HERE) and Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (HERE) at Amazon.

Good Morning Little School Girl (4:35)
It’s My Own Fault (11:52)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (4:25)
Rock And Roll Medley (6:44)
Mean Town Blues (8:58)
Johnny B. Goode (3:22)

Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70
Guess I’ll Go Away (4:39)
Good Morning Little School Girl (4:38)
Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo (4:48)
It’s My Own Fault (22:25)
Highway 61 Revisited (7:31)
Mean Town Blues (18:08)
Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:31)


  • Willard
    June 8, 2011 - 09:03 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    June 8, 2011 - 10:55 | Permalink

    Oh yeah, great stuff. I really like that Second Winter Legacy Edition that came out a few years back with the 1970 live date. Johnny is a bit underrated, I think, by both blues and rock fans. He should be talked about way more than he is.

  • JB
    June 8, 2011 - 11:17 | Permalink

    I was a fan back in the day, but Johnny fell off my radar for a while. I rediscovered him a few years ago when Sony reissued the first album. When I listened to some of his more recent work I was pleasantly surprised. Winter recorded some first rate albums in the 90’s, “Hey, Where’s Your Brother,” and “Let Me In,” are among my favorites.

    Johnny gets major props in my book for his production of Muddy Waters, too. “Hard Again” and “I’m Ready” exhibit a level of energy that is rarely captured in a studio.

    Now, if Winter would just release an all-acoustic blues record I’d be happy.


  • June 8, 2011 - 14:27 | Permalink

    They say that Jimi Hendrix created the definitive version of All Along The Watchtower. They should be saying that Johnny Winter did the same for Highway 61 Revisited. Like most here, I’m still stuck on the early stuff, especially Second Winter. I also need to see what he’s been up to lately.

  • courtney Haden
    June 8, 2011 - 19:04 | Permalink

    If Johnny turns up at a club near you, drop everything and make the date. Besides looking even more wraith-like as the years go by, it’s positively spooky how he’s able to perform with such virtuosity this far down the road. I wish he could find another collaborator like Muddy with whom to play and produce, but, really, who’s at that level these days?

    • Willard
      June 8, 2011 - 20:07 | Permalink

      I saw him once in a small club in the early 80s and my hearing still hasn’t recovered. He brought his arena PA for a place that fit about 500 and there were people huddled at the back of the club holding their ears. And, not just the girls.

  • Art Ducko
    June 9, 2011 - 02:39 | Permalink

    Holy crap, Willard! Thanks for the reminder about this crazy, really white boy doing what he does best, which is making faces melt. Props to Rick Derringer also. Isn’t it time for a little post for him? Rock and roll hoochie koo, indeed.

  • Dick G
    June 9, 2011 - 13:09 | Permalink

    I’d love it if you could find the Johnny Winter show from The Boston Tea Party when Janis Joplin came by to sing with her fellow Texan. It was from 1968.

    • July 22, 2013 - 17:04 | Permalink

      dude, I have a copy of the Janis/Johnny show-not very quality, but for historical reasons, worth having. I can send it to you, if I get your email, best, cz

  • schlep
    June 11, 2011 - 15:23 | Permalink

    Spot on about JW being an uncorked and uncontrollable lead guitarist – it’s wonderful how he skitters around sometimes, you think he’ll lose it but he always ends up pulling it out, and even articulating something unexpected. Really exciting player! I remember as a kid being sort of freaked out by his gravel-on-sandpaper voice.

    • Willard
      June 11, 2011 - 16:52 | Permalink

      He freaked me out, too.

  • Willard
    June 13, 2011 - 08:50 | Permalink

    Hey Dick,
    This may not be the show you’re talking about (it’s from Boston ’69, and it’s Winter joining Joplin onstage, but… HERE it is anyway. You can visit YouTube to hear the audience tape quality (HERE)

  • June 13, 2011 - 16:45 | Permalink


    I checked out the whole Fillmore LP and played It’s My Own Fault on RFW on Sunday. It remarkable how the band took that tune from 19 minutes down to the 12 you find on Live. in such a short time and made it so much tighter and concise!

    The new posts make it Winterland!

    Thanks so much,


  • KDNYfm
    May 10, 2012 - 16:50 | Permalink

    Saw Johnny a couple times in the early 70s with Floyd Radford in the band. Johnny was ultimate flash at that time. I loved the studio Johnny Winter And album. I own just about everything except JWA live as it was one of the albums that disappeared from ‘the house’ when I moved across the country.
    Thanx for the opportunity to hear this again, and I also look forward to the LAFE as Mean Town Blues is one of my fave tunes from his early releases.

  • February 3, 2013 - 07:31 | Permalink

    i was like 12 when this record wiped out all my previous likes (grand funk, mainly- hell, iwas but a child- igot my parents to take me to see GFR in fifth grade: They Made me dress Up for it! like going out to dinner! ha!). one listen to this and what guitar (2 guitars especially) could do was looking like the only worthwhile thing in the world.
    THis and the first hot tuna record. Shit- i started talking with a fake texas drawl in New Jersey. Johnny winter and live at the Sunsine Inn in asbury park for my next B’day. First contact high, too..
    I’m listenin to filmore now and ‘m amazed at how repeatable those batshit intertwined solos are between the two records- though i think ‘good Mornin little schoolgirl’ is the same as “live’ Isn’t it?
    I still can’t play electric like this- but i’ve never been as high as these guys, and truthfully Johnny couldn’t play like this after he got straight, either. Not sposed to say it but some real skilled people (him and clapton for instance) really use junky tunnel vision as a kind of hyper committment to their artistic project. Nothing else in their lives will survive it of course, but i’m glad to have these babbling kundalini texas ragas as a result

  • Anonymous
    December 19, 2013 - 14:25 | Permalink

    awesome posts been a long time Johnny fan a lot longer than I care to admit I still go back to the Progressive Blues Experiment ( got this one from my cousin when it first came out and I was about 8 or 9 years old he was about 16 I believe) every now & then , still one of my desert island discs.About 20 years give or take he did an album called “nothing but the blues” which was mostly acoustic and he had a hall of fame band with him Muddy Waters ,James Cotton ,Pine top Perkins ,Bob Margolin just an awesome band he plays the national steel guitar on several tracks soo sweet,he also made an album with Sonny & Willie Dixion which is all acoustic,perfect for a Saturday night a few cold ones and some BBQ Thanks again for sharing these golden nuggets !

    • Willard
      December 19, 2013 - 14:31 | Permalink

      Thanks for commenting.

  • Anonymous
    July 17, 2014 - 19:24 | Permalink

    What always struck me about Johnny was the effortless quality of his playing. It seemed to just flow out of him. R.I.P.
    Thanks Willard, I’m glad to have heard it here.

  • simonthecat
    July 20, 2014 - 09:16 | Permalink

    Thanks for putting these up – I wasn’t aware that the Fillmore show was available separately. Loved Johnny’s playing – he was someone totally dedicated to his cause, and he kept at it til the very end.

  • ate2zee
    July 21, 2014 - 00:27 | Permalink

    Thanks for this amazing Johnny Winter collection. He was so alive, it was shocking to hear that he’s suddenly gone. I like your description of his music–uncorked. Wonderfully uncorked.

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