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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2002 10:47 am 
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Frankly (no pun intended), I have never been too impressed with Watson on Frank's albums. For example, "In France" is so much better in the live versions (ww.out W.) than on the TOU album. One theory could be that Frank enjoyed the fact that he recorded/collaborated with a "genuine Blues Singer" on his albums. That may be true, but I have never appreciated the final results.

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2002 1:42 pm 
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I think Watson is fantastic on 'in france'.<br><br>What shocked me was that he died on stage in Japan I think - around 94?<br><br>Shame, Would have been good to see a bit more of him. Anyone know how old he was?


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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
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[quote author=leejacobs link=board=wishList;num=1033067967;start=0#6 date=09/30/02 at 06:41:49]Yeah, I really like Johnny Guitar Watson's funk stuff, like AIN'T THAT A BITCH, especially "Superman Lover".  That is one hell of a song.  A real classic.  I also dig his recordings with Larry Williams ("Nobody", "Too Late").  [/quote]<br><br>Every time my girlfriend hears "I Wanna Ta-Ta You Baby" she starts taking her clothes off.<br>

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2002 7:59 pm 
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Frank has listed JGW as one of his early guitar influences along with Guitar Slim and Gatemouth Brown.  I enjoy all of the JGW contributions to FZ recordings and have come to be a fan of JGW as well. From the 50's recordings like "Hot Little Mama" and"Gangster of Love"  to the 70's and beyond funk albums there's a lot of good stuff.  <br><br>I actually had tickets to see him in Sacramento on (if memory serves) New Year's Eve 1995.  I think he was sharing the bill with Clarence Carter, the guy that had that song "Strokin".  Anyway, much to my dissapointment, the show was cancelled (don't know why) and later in the year I heard he died onstage in Japan.  For a guy that had a forty+ year career that was pretty influential and at times popular he doesn't seem to get his fair share of recognition.  Even so, there are alot of his cd's available from all stages of his career.


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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2002 11:15 pm 
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[quote author=MentalTossFlycoon link=board=wishList;num=1033067967;start=0#11 date=11/16/02 at 14:25:56]<br><br>Ain't that what it's all about?[/quote]<br><br>So far, there's nothing in the material world that I'd rather see!<br>

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2002 10:57 am 
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If FZ's guitar style emmulated anyone it was JGW.  Their attack was very simular.

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
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[quote author=drooling_savant link=board=wishList;num=1033067967;start=15#16 date=11/30/02 at 12:57:56]If FZ's guitar style emmulated anyone it was JGW.  Their attack was very simular.[/quote]<br>In The Real Frank Zappa Book, Frank said "Stylistically, my approach is closest to Guitar Slim...his mangle-it strangle-it attitude provided an important aesthetic guidepost for the style I eventually developed.  My two other influences were Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown".  <br>


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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2002 12:45 pm 
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[quote author=dean link=board=wishList;num=1033067967;start=15#17 date=11/30/02 at 14:16:37]<br>In The Real Frank Zappa Book, Frank said "Stylistically, my approach is closest to Guitar Slim...his mangle-it strangle-it attitude provided an important aesthetic guidepost for the style I eventually developed.  My two other influences were Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown".  <br>[/quote]<br>I was close.  I stand corrected.

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
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But no JGW guitar playing on FZ records - would have been logical, no? What was it - jealousy?


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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
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[quote author=ZF link=board=wishList;num=1033067967;start=15#21 date=12/02/02 at 10:35:07]<br><br><br>I think every guitar player will have been jealous of the capacities of our FZ  ::)[/quote]<br><br>one moment please... I definitely think the guitar fills on "I dont even care" is JGW!<br><br>BTW, a great funky bluesy artist! I once shook his hand - at least - in 1992 when he played a festival in here in germany. I asked about more FZ collaborations and he said something like "oh, he aint doin&acute; well, man, not doing well." Unfortunately Johnny had no more time to hang aound that day. <br>I noticed that the FZ estimed horn players like the Fowlers and Albert Wing (or was it McKettrick, or both?) also played with JGW.  

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 Post subject: re: johnny guitar watson
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hj wrote:
Frankly (no pun intended), I have never been too impressed with Watson on Frank's albums. For example, "In France" is so much better in the live versions (ww.out W.) than on the TOU album. One theory could be that Frank enjoyed the fact that he recorded/collaborated with a "genuine Blues Singer" on his albums. That may be true, but I have never appreciated the final results.
his early stuff is way ahead of the curve; you can see how frank could relate to the dirty tone, shifting beat counts & free-form guitar work

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
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dean wrote:
Frank has listed JGW as one of his early guitar influences along with Guitar Slim and Gatemouth Brown.  I enjoy all of the JGW contributions to FZ recordings and have come to be a fan of JGW as well. From the 50's recordings like "Hot Little Mama" and"Gangster of Love"  to the 70's and beyond funk albums there's a lot of good stuff.  <br><br>I actually had tickets to see him in Sacramento on (if memory serves) New Year's Eve 1995.  I think he was sharing the bill with Clarence Carter, the guy that had that song "Strokin".  Anyway, much to my dissapointment, the show was cancelled (don't know why) and later in the year I heard he died onstage in Japan.  For a guy that had a forty+ year career that was pretty influential and at times popular he doesn't seem to get his fair share of recognition.  Even so, there are alot of his cd's available from all stages of his career.

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 Post subject: Re: Johnny Guitar Watson
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I always like JGW. One of my favorite parts of the Mothers of PRevention album is the first track on the CD version...great stuff.


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