Johnny "Guitar" Watson

The Best of the Okeh Years

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Johnny "Guitar" Watson had a long, colorful, and varied career that catered to different aspects of his talent. He began as a straight blues player (with excursions into futuristic sound experimentation, as on 1954's "Space Guitar"), and reinvented himself in the '70s and '80s as a funkster. In between he had a brief stint at Okeh, where he recorded some excellent sides that were heavily inflected with the R&B feel of the day.

Watson recorded three albums and some singles for Okeh in the mid-'60s. And listeners who are surprised at the many "faces" of Watson will find the sides on BEST OF THE OKEH YEARS to be a missing link of sorts. While reminiscent of the blues structures of his earlier recordings, Watson's Okeh material is up-tempo and funky with an ear toward mainstream accessibility ("Nobody" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" made the R&B charts). It's fun, energetic music, with plenty of Watson's trademark pyrotechnic guitar to satisfy six-string enthusiasts.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 03:22 Amazon
2 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:42 Amazon
3 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:35 Amazon
4 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:15 Amazon
5 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:57 Amazon
6 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:25 Amazon
7 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:44 Amazon
8 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:15 Amazon
9 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:54 Amazon
10 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:44 Amazon
11 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:37 Amazon
12 Johnny "Guitar" Watson feat: Larry Williams 02:04 Amazon
13 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 04:41 Amazon
14 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 02:15 Amazon
15 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 03:16 Amazon
16 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 03:19 Amazon
17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 02:28 Amazon
18 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 03:09 Amazon
19 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 05:00 Amazon
20 Johnny "Guitar" Watson 03:18 Amazon
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