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Johnny Winter – Live Through The ‘70s (MVD Visual DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Compilation: B-



Though Edgar Winter got more of the attention, Johnny Winter is a great guitarist and a pleasant surprise of a compilation has arrived on DVD with his remarkable talents as part of the backbone of the Edgar Winter/Edgar Winter Group critical, could more than hold his own solo and commercial success entitled Johnny Winter – Live Through The ‘70s in another key music release from MVD Visual.



The music clips are as follows:


Frankenstein/Be Careful Of The Fool/Drop The Bomb (from the Danish TV series Gladsaxe Teen Club, 1970)


Johnny B. Goode/Talk To Your Daughter/Tell The Truth (from a 1970 Royal Albert Hall concert)


Mean Town Blues (from a 1970 episode of the German TV classic Beat Club)


Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo/Stone Country (from a 1973 episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert)


Walking Through The Park (from the classic series Soundstage, Chicago in 1974)


Boney Moroney (from the classic German TV show Musikladen, 1974)


Walking By Myself/Mississippi Blues/Suzie Q (from the classic German TV show Rockpalast, 1974)



These are peak performances from the peak period of Rock music and make for an impressive sit-through that runs for about two hours and can never go on long enough.  Winter is older than Edgar and still going strong as of 2008, but was playing since 1965.  Like so many incredible musicians, the kind you hear less and less about all the time thanks to bad music, each one is a genius whose work is long overdue for a new audience and that is how one feels after seeing Winter and company in action.  They are excellent, consistent, richly talented and original, which is why any serious music fan (especially Rock) should get this DVD.



The 1.33 X 1 image varies in quality from the usually taped sources, but under the circumstances, looks good.  I was happy that the color quality held up as well as it did, with the clips having softness issues, but being watchable otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a little better than the 2.0 mix that tries to be stereo, but the 5.1 has information missing from the 2.0 so go with that one.  There are no extras, save a slip of paper inside the DVD case with small print on one side with details of each performance and an essay by Dave Rubin.  You can read more about Edgar Winter’s more recent work at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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