Saturday, August 08, 2009

Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Ain't That A Bitch (1976) (aac 256kbps)

Johnny "Guitar" Watson is one of the great unsung heroes of music. About an artist such as Watson, I like to say the following: He did all his own stunts. He could sing, write and play guitar. And from the very beginning, he had style. Not just the clothes, although he excelled in the sartorial department until the time of his death in 1996. But, even early on, he was a wildman with the guitar and vocals. he wrote humorous lyrics and did outrageous things with his voice and axe. Such techniques and innovations drew the attention of Frank Zappa, who owes much of his antics and lyric writing to the style created by Watson.

In the 70's, Watson changed from Texas blues to LA funk, and the results were just as extraordinary. This lp starts presents itself as a humorous outing, from the cover and title to the song names. But don't be fooled. This is a serious funk band with a man who runs a tight ship calling the shots.

  1. I Need It (4:46)
  2. I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby (5:49)
  3. Superman Lover (5:44) (Reynaldo Rey)
  4. Ain't That a Bitch (5:02)
  5. Since I Met You Baby (3:30)
  6. We're No Exception (4:18)
  7. Won't You Forgive Me Baby (5:17)
  • Johnny "Guitar" Watson - organ, synthesizer, bass, guitar, piano, conga, drums, keyboards and vocals
  • Paul Dunmall- saxophone
  • Bruce Fowler - trombone, horn
  • Peter Martin - trumpet
  • Tommy Robertson - trombone
  • Emry Thomas - drums, backing vocals
The link is in the comments.

1 comment:

MPomy said...