johnny gangster of love watson

Gangster of love“, some twenty years after the original version. Do listen to the delicious intro, with nods to the CoastersThe Shadow knowsand Riot in cell block no. 9 … (and did I recognise a Limehouse bluestoo?) – a sublime performance by Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson & his band from 1977, recorded in Bremen (Germany). A well documented best of JGW’s early work has just been reissued on HooDoo (who still have no functioning website) as “Space Guitar Master (The 1952-1960 Recordings)” (2011, cat. no. 263397). Freaks note: the man was an important influence on Frank Zappa, and Jimi Hendrix dug “Love bandit” aka “Gangster of love” too; like the Cadets, he recorded a version …

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