Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter And [Columbia, 1970]
Ex-popstar Rick Derringer represents the North--real McCoy rock guitar, contentless AM songs, dumb vocals (watch out Steve Miller here comes Dino Valenti). Ex-bluesman Winter represents the South--spacey ex-blues guitar, formless FM songs, exalted vocals (and you thought spacey ex-blues was an insult). Result: best metal since Layla. B+