Johnny "Guitar" Watson

Superman Lover: The Ultimate Collection

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Superman Lover: The Ultimate Collection delves into the funk grooves Johnny "Guitar" Watson constructed during the second phase of his career. His gritty blues records that initially brought his talents to the forefront in the '50s are replaced here by a slicker sound indicative of the '70s, with disco beats, horn arrangements, and wah-wah pedal, often mixed with humorous lyrics. These 44 tracks include some great tunes Watson recorded for DJM Records: "Ain't That a Bitch," "A Real Mother for Ya," "Funk Beyond the Call of Duty," "Bow Wow," "Miss Frisco (Queen of the Disco)," and "Love Jones." Also included is the 1978 reworking of his 1957 R&B hit, "Gangster of Love." The material is a lot of fun at times, but the funk gets a bit watered down and quickly runs out of steam. Unless you're already a fan of these latter-day recordings by Watson, it would be best to pick up The Very Best of Johnny "Guitar" Watson: In Loving Memory before jumping into the deep end with this three-disc set.

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