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Johnny Winter with Dr. John - Live In Sweden 1987
(Johnny Winter, Dr. John / DVD / NR / (1987) 2016 / MVD Visual)

Overview: Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, here's what you should know about these singing legends: Johnny Winter was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who sadly passed away July 16th, 2014. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters.

After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, better known by the stage name Dr. John, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with "Right Place Wrong Time". The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend on March 14, 2011. In May 2013, Rebennack was the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University.

From the opening notes of 'Sound the Bell' to the finale of a positively incendiary 'Jumpin Jack Flash', Winter is in great form. Indeed, this 58 minute DVD contains eight songs performed by Winter and two backing musicians for a televised concert in Sweden in 1987. He is joined about half way through by Dr. John on piano and Dr. John even has a lead vocal on his own composition, whilst helping out on piano on others. Here on the visual Blu-ray edition of this release, as the audio CD was released also for this concert, Winter does a short welcome to the studio audience and then it’s off to songs by blues greats.

Inclusive of an additional bonus song, 'Prodigal Son' from 1972, 'Johnny Winter with Dr. John - Live In Sweden 1987' brings Winters' brand of blues and rock to Scandinavia, allowing him and Dr. John's side trip to New Orleans to blend into the more stoic surroundings. This is a 4:3 "square box" Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.