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  • Audio CD (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce/Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 53.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B005CW5E3E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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2011 album from the legendary guitarist. Roots returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic Blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter's own signature sound. Roots is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated I'm A Blues Man, and includes a host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols.

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Gave this CD a 5 star top rate from a classic performer. Would recommend to anyone who loves the blues.
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excellent cd and lot of good old songs I really love it and I recommand it to all my friends
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HASH(0x9da0c4f8) out of 5 stars Johnny's best album since 1992 Sept. 27 2011
By Dave Smith - Published on
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I downloaded this album yesterday and was really pleasantly surprised. Being a huge Johnny Winter fan for 25 years or more I have enjoyed but have been disappointed with his last two albums. This album however is no disappointment. Although it lacks his fiery guitar runs of 20 years ago his great vocal growl is back and he sounds like he is having a great time. His guitar playing is still very good and really has that blues feel to it. Although these songs have been done so many times by other artists, Johnny puts his brand on these and make them his own. The guests appearing on this album are of high musical calibre. Johnny let's his guests express themselves throughout and the result is excellent. If you are a Johnny fan, this is a must have.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da0c540) out of 5 stars Johnny Winter - Roots Sept. 27 2011
By Paul M. Toscano - Published on
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It was a truly pleasant surprise to get this disc today. It is refreshing to hear Johnny playing and singing like he's having a great time, and that comes across on each and ever song. For too long I have been disappointed with JW's output and especially his live shows. I was starting to get that sinking feeling that he was through. The songs have been done before so many times, but this disc actually makes them sound fresh. There are so many great players on this disc. Johnny sounds in great voice and playing. It's stinks that there are no liner notes because this CD should have had them. I think Johnny will ge up for an award in 2012. Lets hope so.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d854eb8) out of 5 stars Winter gives us a winner. Sept. 29 2011
By r.j. zurek - Published on
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When Johnny Winter released "I'm A Bluesman" in 2004, critics were brutal-"lost his feral growl, no longer plays speedy solos", etc. The good news is that Johnny's health has improved greatly since that time, and his renewed vigor is apparent in "Roots". Add the production talents of guitarist Paul Nelson, and Winter has given us a winner.

Personally, I love the recent trend of Blues and R&B artists in all star collaborations. The opening track."T-Bone Shuffle" features the incredible talents of slide master Sonny Landreth. "Farther On Up the Road" shows what a fine guitarist Jimmy Vivino is. He has a talent for making good material great, and his ability to elevate the star of the show is second to none (check out his contributions to Shemekia Copeland's first recording, "Turn the Heat Up"). On the Elmore James chestnut "Done Somebody Wrong", Warren Haynes invokes the great Duane Allman in the intro, then steps back while Johnny takes the first solo. The respect these two have for each other is apparent; neither one getting in the others way.

For the harmonica freaks, back to back tracks feature two very accomplished-and very different players. "Got My Mojo Workin'" has been done to death, but Frank Torre of the King Bees blows new life into the well worn standard. John Popper plays what may be his finest recorded solo on "Last Night". Johnny's solo on this cut is sublime.

The album's lone instrumental is Bill Dogett's "Honky Tonk", featuring brother Edgar on sax. They play the melody together and swap solos-nice to hear them work together again. Mike DiMeo adds classic R&B organ while Nelson supports the band with a strong, loping rhythm.

It's hard to pick a favorite track on this CD, but I have to lean toward "Come Back Baby". John Medeski plays a jazzy organ solo in the style of Jimmy Smith, and DiMeo adds an after hours style of Blues piano (think Ray Charles' "A Fool For You"). Johnny is supported here by a full horn section- something atypical for him. His solo alone will make you want to repeat the track many times. For those worried about his voice, he has never sounded better than he does here.

Hopefully, Johnny's older fans will appreciate this most recent effort. As for new fans, there isn't any reason you can't start right here.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da0ce70) out of 5 stars Great Release - Johnny's voice has never sounded better ( guitar playing , too ) !!! Sept. 27 2011
By stephen watkins - Published on
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A wonderful surprise - Johnny Winter & guests have created an album of classics , with heart & soul. I've never heard Johnny sing better ! It's nice to hear an album with guest artists that haven't been homogenized by T-Bone Burnett ! Thank God he's nowhere to be found !! What you get is a a fun, soulful production by Paul Nelson, one of Johnny's longtime cohorts in the Blues . He brings out the best in everyone !!! Buy this cd, you'll be tapping your feet, and singing in no time .
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d794e94) out of 5 stars More Alive and Well!! Oct. 2 2011
By Darlene Kubeck - Published on
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This CD showcases Johnny's amazing guitar playing and shows the renewed strength of his voice. I recently read a blog where the author stated that Johnny's career was over because his playing wasn't as fast as it was thirty years ago. It's obvious that the author is not a guitar player. Speed is not the only factor in making a great guitarist. The tone that he pulls out to the instrument and the subtle melody lines that he plays under his singing are wonderful. That blogger will probably also be disappointed that Johnny no longer is able to leap over Rick Derringer while playing.
This CD also demonstrates another of Winter's assets: Letting the guests and back up players shine. Winter has long been known as being generous in sharing the stage with other players. You can hear the joy in his voice as he sings the songs that influenced him.
If anyone has earned the ability to sing the blues, It's Johnny Winter. Born Albino, legally blind and crosseyed, he managed to make quite a career for himself. He has often times been his own worst enemy:Long bouts with drugs, alcohol allowed a former manager to steal from him. It also gained him the reputation of being unreliable. He's had bouts with major depression, broken his hip and managed to survive it all. He plays over a hundred shows a year and they are mostly sell outs. When the world ends it will be Johnny Winter and the cockroaches. I put my money on Winter.

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