Johnny ‘GuitAr’ WAt­Son

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If you like funky, jazzy, blues-based mu­sic with a great horn sec­tion then you’ll love this. Recorded live in Ham­burg in 1976 it’s re­ally in­ti­mate; the au­di­ence is lap­ping it up and Wat­son is clearly hav­ing fun. In­stru­men­tal opener Mr Magic steams along, as does the fan­tas­tic I Don’t Want To Be A Lone Ranger. Wat­son’s take on Stormy Mon­day is pow­ered by Bobby Howard’s busy bass, Johnny spit­ting out ma­chine­gun-like licks and the whole band fir­ing on all cylin­ders. In fact they bounce through the en­tire al­bum, Johnny’s wah-wah com­ing out for Su­per­man Lover and his BB-meetsT-Bone-meets-Kenny Bur­rell licks punc­tu­at­ing Gang­ster Of Love. Slow blues, Cut­tin’ It has a fab­u­lous feel, and Wat­son’s voice is fan­tas­tic. I Need It takes us out in high-tempo style but weirdly the 35-sec­ond play-off is in­cluded as a track. It’s a fun al­bum that shows why Wat­son was such a revered live per­former.

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