Johnny Winter

Black Cat Bone: Electric Blues Man, Vol. 2

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The sequel to Volume One, SUICIDE WON'T SATISFY, has the same creepy prismatic death-mask cover, tinted purple instead of green, along with 13 more rarities and outtakes from the Texas bluesman's long and varied career. Like its predecessor, BLACK CAT BONE is a mixed bag of Winter originals like the rave-up "Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," standards like Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Gangster of Love" and J.B. Lenoir's "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," and some blues obscurities like the terrific "Sloppy Drunk Blues," which sounds like it's appropriately titled.

About half of the album consists of originals like the oddball "Ballad of Bertha Glutz." It's a tribute to Winter's skills that with the exception of a ragged-but-right Delta-style take on Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," it's nearly impossible to tell the originals from the covers.

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