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Johnny “Guitar” Watson
What The Hell Was That? – The Funk Anthology
With Six Never-Before-Heard Tracks Included In New Double Disc Set,
Anthology Marks First In A Series Of Reissues And More Unreleased Music
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 6TH
Musical prodigy and obsessively prolific, Johnny “Guitar” Watson set the blues world afire early in his career with his blistering, searing guitar, but caught fans off guard when he took time out to dabble in jazz, and then outright stunned them when he turned to raw funk. His career played like a soundtrack to the evolution of American soul music, brilliant and more exciting with every turn it took. When he died in the midst of a worldwide comeback tour in 1996, Watson left behind nearly 40 years of considerable work, and a legacy that has endured to this day. Several years ago, daughter Virginia Watson took to the formidable task of identifying and restoring the literal ton of tapes she had inherited. She then partnered with Shout! Factory to reissue many of Watson’s albums, along with a cache of previously unreleased tracks. Beginning with the six on What The Hell Was That? – The Funk Anthology, at least two “new” songs will be added to each record in the Shout! Factory campaign.
With The Funk Anthology, Watson’s career finally gets its due. From his earliest radio hits including the blues drenched “Cuttin’ In,” all the way through his first funk hits “I Need It” and “Superman Lover,” this collection captures the development of the guitarist’s personal style and never-ending curiosity with contemporary music. Watson had a penchant for taking songs he recorded in his early blues phase and revisiting after his R&B evolution, resulting in equally phenomenal yet incredibly different versions of “Gangster Of Love,” “I Want To Ta Ta You Baby” and “A Real Mother For Ya.” It was actually Watson’s foray into funk that brought him his greatest commercial success, with a string of releases and two gold albums which placed Watson on the R&B charts throughout the late 1970s and well into the ‘80s. His work is often cited as the predecessor to the ‘gangsta’ rap style that first emerged in the late 1980s, and is even more popular today. The Funk Anthology is also marked by the six previously unreleased tracks, a surprising discovery that will thrill both Watson fans and his large base of fans.
Shout! Factory is a broad-based audio and home video entertainment company whose cofounders - Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos - share a passion for pop culture of the 20th century and beyond. Video and DVD projects include television programming spanning 75 years, live music concerts, animation and sports collections and special interest documentaries. Audio products from Shout! Factory consist of GRAMMY-nominated box sets, anthologies and “best of” collections, as well as new music, soundtrack releases, deluxe album reissues and quirky compilations. Shout! Factory’s catalog features vintage and legendary performances from some of the greatest - and most eccentric - artists of our time. Shout! Factory products are distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. http://www.shoutfactory.com
JOHNNY “GUITAR” WATSON:
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? – THE FUNK ANTHOLOGY
Catalog Number: D2K 31771
Price: $24.98 SRP
Release Date: September 6, 2005
1. Ain't That A Bitch
2. Superman Lover
3. I Need It
4. A Real Mother For Ya
5. I Want To Ta-Ta You Baby
6. Baby's In Love With The Radio*
8. Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty
9. It's About The Dollar Bill
10. Love That Will Not Die
11. I'm Gonna Get You Baby
13. Miss Frisco (Queen Of The Disco)
14. You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go
15. Feel The Spirit Of My Guitar*
16. Gangster Of Love
1. Don't Be What UC*
2. What The Hell Is This?
3. I Don't Want To Be President
4. Strung Out
5. Cop & Blow
6. Booty Ooty
7. Lone Ranger
8. Telephone Bill
9. Love Jones
10. Before I Let You Go*
11. Voodoo What You Do
12. Come And Dance With Me
13. Ain't Nobody's Business*
14. Bow Wow
15. Johnny G. Is Back
* previously unreleased track- - -
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