Byrds Can't Row Boats
Johnny started recording in ’59, but his star rose dramatically when Columbia signed him for the record sum of $500,000 in 1969. Ever since then, countless collection of Johnny’s pre-Columbia recordings have come out, most with inferior sound and/or no unifying theme or chronology. Now, this new 2-CD set seeks to straighten out that mess by bringing us 36 1965–68 tracks that walk us through his Byrds/Dylan-like folk-rock stuff to his psychedelia, blues and hard rock. All tracks are sourced from the original four-track half-inch masters and first-generation mix-down tapes—and 20 of the 36 tracks are previously unreleased! Rare and unseen memorabilia including handwritten letters by Johnny, contracts, photos and original sheet music join "Avocado Green," "Birds Can’t Row Boats," "You Were Once a Man," "Easy Lovin’ Girl," "Take a Chance on My Love," "Ballad of Bertha Glutz," "Don’t Drink Whiskey," the blues classics "32-20 Blues," "Parchman Farm," "Sloppy Drunk," "Kind Hearted Woman," "Goin’ Down Slow" and more prizes for those who thought they knew the complete Johnny Winter story! Cicadelic.
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