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Johnny "Guitar" Watson Johnny Guitar Watson

John Watson was born in Houston, Texas. His father John Sr. was a pianist, and taught his son the instrument. But young Watson was immediately attracted to the sound of the guitar, in particular the electric guitar as played by T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
A musical prodigy, Watson played with Texas bluesmen Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. His parents separated in 1950, when he was 15. His mother moved to Los Angeles, and took Watson with her.

In his new city, Watson won several local talent shows. This led to his employment, while still a teenager, with jump blues-style bands such as Chuck Higgins's Mellotones and Amos Milburn. He worked as a vocalist, pianist, and guitarist. He quickly made a name for himself in the African-American juke joints of the West Coast, where he first recorded for Federal Records in 1952. He was billed as Young John Watson until 1954. That year, he saw the Joan Crawford film Johnny Guitar, and a new stage name was born.

Watson affected a swaggering, yet humorous personality, indulging a taste for flashy clothes and wild showmanship on stage. Watson's ferocious "Space Guitar" single of 1954 pioneered guitar feedback and reverb. Watson would later influence a subsequent generation of guitarists. His song "Gangster of Love" was first released on Keen Records in 1957. It did not appear in the charts at the time, but was later re-recorded and became a hit in 1978, becoming Watson's "most famous song".

He toured and recorded with his friend Larry Williams, as well as Little Richard, Don and Dewey, The Olympics, Johnny Otis and, in the mid-1970s with David Axelrod. He also played with Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert and George Duke. But as the popularity of blues declined and the era of soul music dawned in the 1960s, Watson transformed himself from southern blues singer with pompadour into urban soul singer in a pimp hat. His new style was emphatic – the gold teeth, broad-brimmed hats, flashy suits, fashionable outsized sunglasses and ostentatious jewelry made him one of the most colorful figures in the West Coast funk scene.

He modified his music accordingly. His albums "Ain't That a Bitch" and "Real Mutha For Ya" were two in a prodigious string of seven albums of Watson's "gangster blues" and Funk.

The shooting death of his friend Larry Williams in 1980 and other personal setbacks led to Watson briefly withdrawing from the spotlight in the 1980s. "I got caught up with the wrong people doing the wrong things", he was quoted as saying by The New York Times.

In 1984 his only LP of the decade, "Strike On Computers", was released but largely ignored and found Watson retreating further into the use of electronic instrumentation. The release of his album "Bow Wow" in 1994 was Watson's bona fide comeback. The album received a Grammy Award nomination and produced the minor hit singles "Hook Me Up" (#48 R&B) and "Bow Wow" (#89 R&B)

Watson died of a heart attack on May 17, 1996, collapsing on stage while on tour in Yokohama, Japan

His music has been sampled by many Hip Hop artists like Redman (who based his "Sooperman Luva" saga on Watson's "Superman Lover" song), Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre borrowed P-Funk's adaptation of Watson's catchphrase "Bow wow wow yippi-yo yippi-yay" for Snoop's hit Who Am I? (What's My Name?). Johnny also played the guitar on the G-Funk remix of Dr. Dre's Grammy award winning single Let Me Ride in 1993.

Album Discography

"Gangster Of Love" (King 1958) "Gangster Of Love" (King 1958)

"Johnny Guitar Watson" (King 1963)

Cuttin' In 3:03
Embraceable You 2:35
Broke And Lonely 2:50
What You Do To Me 2:23
Gangster Of Love 2:50
Highway 60 2:23
Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings 2:45
Posin' 2:40
That's The Chance You've Got To Take 3:10
I Just Wants Me Some Love 2:40
Sweet Lovin' Mama 2:47
You Can't Take It With You 2:37

"The Blues Soul Of Johnny Guitar Watson" "The Blues Soul Of Johnny Guitar Watson" (Chess 1964)

1 Witch Craft
2 I Cried for You
3 I'll Remember April
4 Polka Dots and Moonbeams
5 Exactly Like You
6 When Did You Leave Heaven
7 Reconsider Baby
8 Misty

"Larry Williams Show with Johnny Guitar Watson""Larry Williams Show with Johnny Guitar Watson" (Decca 1965)

1. Slow Down
2. Louisana Hannah
3. Two Hours Past Midnight
4. Baby
5. Out of Tears
6. For Your Love
7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
8. Hootchy-Koo
9. Sweet Little Baby
10. Looking Back
11. Stormsville Groove
12. Trust in Me

Bad "Bad" (Okeh 1967)

Hold On, I'm Comin'
Fever
Coke
Knock On Wood
Unchain My Heart
Comin' Home Baby
Skate Key
Summertime
Wolfman
Reach Out, I'll Be There

Johnny Watson Trio "In The Fats Bag" (Okeh 1967)

1 Makin' Whoopee
2 Undecided
3 Sweet Sue, Just You
4 Willow Weep for Me
5 What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)
6 There'll Be Some Changes Made
7 Blues for Fats Waller and Company
8 S'posin'
9 Ain't Misbehavin'
10 I Used to Love You (But It'sAll Over Now)

Larry Williams & Johnny Guitar Watson "Two For The Price Of One" Larry Williams & Johnny Guitar Watson "Two For The Price Of One" (Okeh 1967)

Listen "Listen" (Fantasy 1973)

1 If I Had the Power
2 You've Got a Hard Head
3 Lovin' You
4 It's All About You
5 You're the Sweetest Thing I've Ever Had
6 I Get a Feeling
7 Like I'm Not Your Man
8 You Bring Love
9 You Stole My Heart
 

 "I Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger" "I Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger" (Fantasy 1975)

1 I Don't Want to Be a Lone Ranger
2 Your New Love Is a Player
3 Tripping
4 Lonely Man's Prayer
5 You Make My Heart Want to Sing
6 It's Way Too Late
7 Love Is Sweet Misery
8 You Can Stay But the Noise Must Go
9 Strong Vibrations

"The Gangster is Back" "The Gangster is Back" (Red Lightnin' 1975)

1 Too Tired
2 Don't Touch Me
3 Hot Little Mama
4 Blues Side
5 I Love to Love You
6 Oh Baby
7 Someone Cares for Me
8 She Moves Me

"Ain't That A Bitch" "Ain't That A Bitch" (DJM 1976)

1. I Need It
2. I Want To Ta-Ta You Baby
3. Superman Lover
4. Ain't That A Bitch
5. Since I Met You Baby
6. We're No Exception
7. Won't You Forgive Me Baby

**** In 1976 JGW dropped "Ain't That A Bitch" and Johnny G was back on the charts. The cryptonite-resistant funker "Superman Lover" cracked the R & B Top 20 while the bluesy calypso-swingin' "I Need It" maanaged a #40 placing. Equally good was the title cut. On this 2005 remaster the hilarious "Funkula" and jazz fusion "Follow Me" are added for good measure.

"Captured Live" (DJM 1976)

"A Real Mother For Ya" "A Real Mother For Ya" (DJM 1977)

1. A Real Mother For Ya
2. Nothing Left To Be Desired
3. Your Love Is My Love
4. The Real Deal
5. Tarzan
6. I Wanna Thank You
7. Lover Jones

***1/2 Watson continued in slick urban blues/funk vein on the smash follow up "A Real Mother For Ya". The title track rivals "Gangster Of Love" as Johnny's signature song. It's a low-down, phat synth jam with a monster hook that catapulted the LP to #20 on the Pop Charts (#3 R & B). Meanwhile the single was a Top 5 R & B hit. The driving "Lover Jones" hit #34 but "Tarzan" was the other unforgettable number. "I got a woman so fine/She makes we wanna swing from a grapevine" sings Johnny with his tongue deep in his cheek. The manic blues shuffle "Kathaline" and uptown jazz "De John's Delight" are the bonuses.

"Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty" "Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty" (DJM 1977)

1. Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty
2. It's About The Dollar Bill
3. Give Me My Love
4. It's A Damn Shame
5. I'm Gonna Get You Baby
6. Barn Door
7. Love That Will Not Die

***1/2 Ever prodigious and patriotic to the funk, JGW dropped his second LP in 1977 with "Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty". Though it wasn't on par with the previous two, it did contain "It's About The Dollar Bill" and the title track (the intro sounds like Mancini on acid). Added good 'uns are "Can You Handle It" and "Virginia's Pretty Funky". These three albums are some of the best soul music of a disco-polluted decade. Looking forward to the next set.

"Giant" "Giant" (DJM 1978)

1. Miss Frisco (Queen of the Disco)
2. Tu Jours Amour
3. Gangster of Love
4. Guitar Disco
5. Wrapped in Black Mink
6. You Can Stay But the Noise Must Go
7. Baby Face (She Said Do Do Do Do)

 "What The Hell is This?" "What The Hell is This?" (DJM 1979)

1. What The Hell Is This?
2. In The World
3. Proud Of You
4. Cop & Blow
5. I Don't Want To Be President
6. Mother In Law
7. Strung Out

***1/2 In 1979 following the middling LP "Giant" the funky guitar genius dropped another collection of Sci-Fi R & B mixed with jazz fusion. Only the title track dented the charts (#83 R & B) but the disc contains the equally good "Cop & Blow", "Strung Out" & "I Don't Want To Be President". the latter contains the lyrics "Now suppose I had a girlfriend and called her/And she lives across the lake/See congress would know the whole conversation and have it on tape/Then they'd put me on the television and expose my life/I don't mind the people knowing but what about my wife?". (Too bad Bill Clinton didn't have the same trepidations about being the prez.). As far as the bonus tracks there's two fine instrumental funk/jazz fusion pieces ("The Funk If I Know" & "Watsonian Institute").

"Love Jones" (DJM 1979) "Love Jones" (DJM 1979)

1. Booty Ooty
2. Love Jones
3. Going Up in Smoke
4. Close Encounters
5. Asante Sana - (African Languages)
6. Telephone Bill
7. Lone Ranger
8. Jet Plane
9. Children of the Universe

**** Even better is "Love Jones" with the wah-wah guitar, spacey keyboards, horns, handclaps, etc all in full effect. Hits included the title cut (#28 R & B) and "Telephone Bill" (#45 R & B), where Johnny was rappin' before it was even cool. This edition adds "Funky Blues" & "Untitled Mix".

"Johnny Guitar Watson And The Family Clone" "Johnny Guitar Watson And The Family Clone" (DJM 1981)

1. Clone Information
2. Family Clone
3. Forget the Joneses
4. Ain't Movin'
5. Come and Dance with Me
6. Rio Dreamin'
7. What Is Love?
8. Voodoo What You Do

**1/2 Methinks Watson was smokin' too much herb when he cut "JGW & The Family Clone". This time the wacky experimentation gets mixed with an impenetrable concept and unmelodic songs. "Come On Dance With Me" sports those vocodor vocals Herbie Hancock made famous and it's fun albeit too damn long. "Voodoo That You Do" is also a winner but much of the album is an acquired taste for sure. "Family Clone" is great but not fun to listen to twice and "Rio Dreamin'" seems out of place on this record. Watson fares better on "Forget The Joneses", plays some inspired guitar on "Ain't Movin'" and nails the bonus cut "Please Send Me Someone To Love"

"Greatest Hits" (Fantasy 1981)

1 Tripping
2 Why Don't You Treat Me Like I'm Your Man
3 You Can Stay But the Noise Must Go
4 You Make My Heart Want to Sing
5 You Stole My Heart
6 You're the Sweetest Thing I've Ever Had
7 I Don't Want to Be a Lone Ranger
8 If I Had the Power
9 It's Way Too Late
10 Lovin' You

"The Very Best Of" "The Very Best Of" (MCA 1981)

1 Gangster Of Love
2 Booty Ooty
3 Ain't That A Bitch
4 Love Jones
5 What The Hell Is This
6 It's About The Dollar Bill
7 Ain't Movin'
8 I Need It
9 A Real Mother For Ya
10 Strung Out

"That's What Time It Is" (MCA 1982) "That's What Time It Is" (MCA 1982)

Do The Guitar 3:50
The Planet Funk 5:05
You Sexy Thing (A Wonderful Creation) 3:50
That's What Time It Is 3:48
Flip It 0:38
Go For It 3:34
At The Wishing Well 3:59
First Timothy Six 3:44
I Miss Your Kiss 5:06

"Hit The Highway" (Ace 1983)

1 Hot Little Mama
2 Those Lonely Lonely Nights
3 Oh Baby
4 I'm Gonna Hit That Highway
5 I Love To Love You
6 Someone Cares For Me
7 Too Tired
8 Ain't Gonna Hush
9 Lonely Girl
10 Ruben
11 She Moves Me
12 Give Me A Little
13 Love Me Baby
14 Three Hours Past Midnight

"Strike On Computers" (Valley Vue 1984) "Strike On Computers" (Valley Vue 1984)

1. You Do Me Bad So Good
2. Boogie Down Pary Down
3. Scratching "85"
4. Let's Get Together
5. Strike on Computers
6. Byrd Ball Train
7. Statue of Liberty
8. Please Send Me Someone to Love

"Three Hours Past Midnight" "Three Hours Past Midnight" (Flair 1986)

1. Hot Little Mama
2. Ruben
3. I Love to Love You
4. Someone Cares for Me
5. Too Tired
6. Oh Baby
7. Bear, The
8. One More Kiss
9. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
10. She Moves Me
11. Give a Little
12. Ain't Gonna Hush
13. Motor Head Baby
14. I'm Gonna Hit That Highway
15. Love Me Baby
16. Three Hours Past Midnight

"Bow Wow" (Bellmark 1994) "Bow Wow" (Bellmark 1994)

1. Johnny G. Is Back
2. Bow Wow
3. Never To Late
4. My Funk
5. It Takes 2
6. Time Change
7. Doing Wrong Woman
8. What's Up With You
9. Hook Me Up
10. I Don't Think So

"Lone Ranger" (Fantasy 1995)

1. If I Had the Power
2. You've Got a Hard Head
3. Lovin' You
4. It's All About You
5. You're the Sweetest I Ever Had
6. I Get a Feeling
7. Why Don't You Treat Me Like I'm Your Man
8. You Bring Love
9. You Stole My Heart
10. I Don't Want to Be a Lone Ranger
11. Your New Love Is a Player
12. Tripping
13. Lonely Man's Prayer
14. You Make My Heart Want to Sing
15. It's Way Too Late
16. Love Is Sweet Misery
17. You Can Stay But the Noise Must Go
18. Strong Vibrations

"Hot Just Like TNT" (Ace 1996)

1. Hot Little Mama
2. I Love to Love You
3. Hot Little Mama - (previously unreleased)
4. Don't Touch Me (I'm Gonna Hit the Highway)
5. Too Tired
6. Lonely Girl
7. Ain't Gonna Hush
8. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
9. Oh Baby
10. Someone Cares for Me
11. Ruben
12. Give a Little
13. Love Me Baby
14. She Moves Me
15. Ruben
16. Three Hours Past Midnight
17. Love Bandit (Gangster of Love)
18. Telephone Boogie
19. Dee's Boogie - (previously unreleased)
20. I Got a Girl (That Lives over Yonder)
21. Gangster of Love
22. One Room Country Shack
23. Deana Baby
24. Honey
25. Come on Baby - (previously unreleased)
26. My Baby and Me - (previously unreleased)
27. You've Been Gone Too Long - (previously unreleased)
28. Come on Baby - (previously unreleased)

"The Very Best Of" (Rhino 1999)

1. Space Guitar
2. Motor Head Baby
3. Highway 60
4. Motor Head Baby
5. I Got Eyes
6. You Can't Take It With You
7. Hot Little Mama
8. Too Tired
9. Three Hours Past Midnight
10. The Eagle Is Back
11. Cuttin' In
12. Broke and Lonely
13. That's the Chance You've Got to Take
14. Cold, Cold Heart
15. In the Evening
16. Gangster of Love
17. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
18. The Late Freight Twist

"Gangster Of Love: The Best Of" (Sequel 2000)

1. I Need It
2. Superman Lover
3. Ain'T That A Bitch
4. I Want To Ta-Ta You Baby
5. Real Mother For Ya
6. Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty
7. Lone Ranger
8. Gangster Of Love
9. Love That Will Not Die
10. Tarzan
11. Booty Ooty
12. Love Jones
13. Telephone Bill
14. What The Hell Is This

"The Essential" (RPM Fuel 2000)

1. Hot Little Mama - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
2. I Love to Love You - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
3. Too Tired - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
4. Don't Touch Me - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
5. Those Lonely Lonely Nights - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
6. Someone Cares for Me - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
7. Oh Baby - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
8. Give a Little - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
9. Three Hours Past Midnight - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
10. Ruben - (guitar version, with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
11. Love Me Baby - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
12. She Moves Me - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
13. Love Bandit (Gangster of Love) - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
14. My Baby and Me - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
15. In the Middle of the Night - (with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
16. Ruben - (piano version, with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
17. Three Hours Past Midnight - (alternate take, with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
18. Too Tired - (alternate take, with Johnny "Guitar" Watson)

"I Need It:  Anthology" (Castle 2002)

1. I Need It
2. Superman Lover
3. Ain'T That A Bitch
4. Won'T You Forgive Me Baby
5. Real Mother For Ya
6. Your Love Is My Love
7. Tarzan
8. Lover Jones
9. Funky Beyond The Call Of Duty
10. It's About The Dollar Bill
11. I'M Gonna Get You Baby
12. Love That Will Not Die
13. Miss Frisco (Queen Of The Disco)
14. Wrapped In Blue Mink
15. Gangster Of Love
16. You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go
17. What The Hell Is This?
18. Cop & Blow
19. I Don'T Want To Be President
20. Strung Out
21. Booty Ooty
22. Love Jones
23. Telephone Bill
24. Lone Ranger
25. Ain'T Movin
26. Come And Dance With Me
27. Voodoo What You Do
28. Johnny G. Is Back

"Please Send Me Someone Love" (Rufftown 2004)

1. Please Send Me Someone to Love
2. You Do Me So Bad So Good
3. Slow Hands (Interlude)
4. Let's Stay Together
5. Strike on Computers
6. Gotta Get My Money
7. Stautue of Liberty
8. Scratching "85"
9. Boogie Down Party Down
10. Tease Me Blues (Interlude)
11. Byrd Ball Train

"Superman Lover: The Ultimate Collection" (Sanctuary 2004)

1. I Need It
2. Superman Lover
3. Ain't That a Bitch
4. Won't You Forgive Me Baby
5. Real Mother For Ya
6. Nothing Left to Be Desired
7. Your Love Is My Love
8. Tarzan
9. I Wanna Thank You
10. Lover Jones
11. Funk Beyond the Call of Duty
12. It's About the Dollar Bill
13. Give Me My Love
14. I'm Gonna Get You Baby
15. Barn Door
16. Love That Will Not Die
17. Miss Frisco (Queen of the Disco)
18. Tu Jours Amour
19. Gangster of Love
20. Guitar Disco
21. You Can Stay But the Noise Must Go
22. Baby Face (She Said Do Do Do Do)
23. What the Hell Is This
24. Proud of You
25. I Don't Want to Be President
26. Booty Ooty
27. Love Jones
28. Going up in Smoke
29. Asante Sana
30. Telephone Bill
31. Lone Ranger
32. Jet Plane
33. Children of the Universe
34. Clone Information
35. Family Clone
36. Forest the Joneses
37. Ain't Movin'
38. Voodoo What You Do
39. Johnny G Is Back
40. Bow Wow
41. My Funk
42. It Takes 2
43. Doing Wrong Woman
44. What's up With You

Johnny "Guitar" Watson "The Funk Anthology" (Shout! Factory) "The Funk Anthology" (Shout! Factory 2005)

Disc 1
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 (Previously Unreleased)
7. Tarzan
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
12. ET (Previously Unreleased)
13. Miss Frisco (Queen Of The Disco)
14. You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go
15. Feel The Spirit Of My Guitar (Previously Unreleased)
16. Gangster Of Love
Disc 2
1. Don't Be What UC (Previously Unreleased)
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 (Previously Unreleased)
11. Voodoo What You Do
12. Come And Dance WIth Me
13. Ain't Nobody's Business (Previously Unreleased)
14. Bow Wow
15. Johnny G. Is Back

***** Finally somebody got it right- to release the best, spaced-out funky-ass rhythm & blues jams from this wildcat often called a "genius" by his peers. The red carpet was rolled out for this lush 2 CD 31 song set (6 previously unreleased!) digitally remastered with a 28 page booklet and a plethora of photos spanning the years 1976-1994. The music matters most but the packaging must be praised. The foldout digi-pack even contains pics of both the front and back of each of the albums covered here. Before becoming a pimpin' funkster Watson was a manic, Texas blues stringer known for his rapid-fire guitar fingers and the classic "Gangster Of Love" (way before Steve Miller copped the phrase). He reinvented himself in the 70s and this set focuses on this fruitful period. All the big hits and key album tracks are here: "Superman Lover" (R & B #19), "Aint That A Bitch", the unstoppable "A Real Mother For Ya" (#5 R & B #41 Pop), "Tarzan", "Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty", "It's About The Dollar Bill", the updated "Gangster Of Love" (#32 R & B), "Booty Ooty", "Lone Ranger", "Love Jones" (#28 R & B), his comeback hit "Bow Wow" & more. Most interesting perhaps are the "new" cuts. When asked by biographer David Ritz about stuff in the vault Watson was quoted as saying: "There's gold in them there hills!". He may be right. "Baby's In Love With The Radio" is a loose funk jam with Watson's laidback vocal delivery- recorded in 1976. On "ET" Johnny says his baby is just like that alien freak! I doubt he means in looks cuz she's a "supernatural" chick. "Feel The Spirit Of My Guitar" is Johnny's mutation of the Peter Frampton track. My favorite is "Don't Be What UC", which has a groove similar to George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" (and especially Snoop Dogg's "What's My Name?"). Here Johnnys tells y'all to stop trying to emulate folks and be yourself. There's also a track unreleased from the "Love Jones" sessions ("Before I Let You Go") and one recorded but unissued from 1994 ("Ain't Nodbody's Business"). But it's just icing on an already triple chocolate cake. The cover sticker says "You don't know *@#& until you've heard this funk!". Damn straight.

"The Best Of The Modern Years" (Metro Blue 2005)

1. Hot Little Mama
2. I Love to Love You
3. Don't Touch Me
4. Too Tired
5. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
6. Someone Cares for Me
7. Oh Baby
8. Give a Little
9. Three Hours Past Midnight
10. Ruben
11. Love Me, Baby
12. She Moves Me
13. Love Bandit (aka Gangster of Love)
14. Lonely Girl
15. Ain't Gonna Hush
16. Hot Little Mama No. 2 - (Take 1, take 1)
17. I Love to Love You - (Take 1, take 1)
18. Three Hours Past Midnight - (take, take 2)

"Live! 1990" (Masterplan 2006)

 A previously unreleased live disc from the genius of spacey Bluesfunk. Recorded in 1990 in front of an extremely receptive audience while on the comeback trail, Watson is at his best on 8 superb performances.

"The Best Of The Funk Years" (Shout! Factory 2006)

1. I Need It
2. Ain't That a Bitch
3. Superman Lover
4. Funk Beyond the Call of Duty
5. I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
6. What the Hell Is This?
7. Real Mother for Ya, A
8. Love Jones
9. Miss Frisco (Queen of the Disco)
10. Telephone Bill
11. Gangster of Love

"The Original Gangster Of Love: The Keen Records Sessions" (VSOP 2006)

1. Gangster of Love
2. One Room Country Shack
3. Gangster of Love
4. One Room Country Shack
5. Honey
6. Deana Baby
7. Honey
8. Deana Baby

"The Original Gangster Of Love: The Keen Records Sessions" (A Proper Introdusction 2006)

1. Highway 60
2. No I Can't
3. Motorhead Baby
4. I Got Eyes
5. Walkin' to My Baby
6. What's Goin' On
7. Thinking
8. Half Pint of Whiskey
9. Space Guitar
10. Gettin' Drunk
11. You Can't Take It With You
12. Cuttin' In
13. Broke and Lonely
14. I Just Wants Me Some Love
15. Sweet Lovin' Mama
16. In the Evenin'
17. Gangster of Love
18. Space Guitar - (previously unreleased, alternate take)

"The Best Of The Okeh Years" (Collectables 2006)

1. Two for the Price of One
2. Keep on Lovin' You
3. Ask Me
4. Ain't Gonna Move
5. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
6. Too Late
7. Love Is Such a Funny Thing
8. Takin' No Chances
9. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch
10. Quitter Never Wins, A
11. Nobody
12. Find Yourself Someone to Love
13. Fever
14. Coke
15. Unchained My Heart
16. Comin' Home Baby
17. Skate Key
18. Summertime
19. Makin' Whoopee
20. Ain't Misbehavin'

"Gangster Of Love: The Very Best Of" (Collectables 2006)

1. No, I Can't
2. Motor Head Baby
3. Highway 60
4. Sad Fool
5. I Got Eyes
6. What's Goin' On
7. Walkin' to My Baby
8. Thinking
9. Space Guitar
10. Half Pint-Of-Whiskey
11. Gettin' Drunk
12. You Can't Take It With You
13. Embraceable You
14. Posin'
15. Cuttin' In
16. Nearness of You, The
17. Broke and Lonely
18. What You Do to Me
19. I Just Wants Me Some Love
20. Sweet Lovin' Mama
21. Cold Cold Heart
22. I Say I Love You
23. You Better Love Me
24. That's the Chance You've Got to Take
25. In the Evenin'
26. Those Lonely Lonely Nights
27. Gangster of Love

"In Loving Memory The Very Best Of The Okeh Years" (Collectables 2006)

1. Real Mother For Ya, A
2. Tarzan
3. Lover Jones
4. Superman Lover
5. Ain't That a Bitch
6. Funk Beyond the Call of Duty
7. It's About the Dollar Bill
8. Gangster of Love
9. I Need It
10. Love That Will Not Die
11. Love Jones
12. Telephone Bill
13. Lone Ranger
14. What the Hell Is This?
15. I Don't Want to Be President
16. I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby

"Untouchable: The Classic 1959-1966 Recordings" (Ace 2007)

1. Bear A.K.A. The Preacher and the Bear, The
2. One More Kiss
3. Untouchable
4. Eagle Is Back, The
5. Looking Back
6. Johnny Guitar
7. Posin'
8. Embraceable You
9. Broke and Lonely
10. I Just Wants Me Some Love
11. Cold, Cold Heart
12. Nearness of You, The
13. Sweet Lovin' Mama
14. Cuttin' In
15. What You Do to Me
16. That's the Chance You've Got to Take
17. Gangster of Love
18. You Better Love Me
19. In the Evenin'
20. I Say I Love You
21. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
22. Baby Don't Leave
23. Ain't Gonna Move
24. Wait a Minute, Baby
25. Oh So Fine
26. Big Bad Wolf
27. You Can Stay (But the Noise Must Go)

"Hot Little Mama" (Music Avenue 2007)

1. Too Tired
2. Don't Touch Me
3. Hot Little Mama
4. Love to Love You Baby
5. Oh Baby
6. Someone Cares for Me
7. She Moves Me
8. Love Me Baby
9. Gangster of Love
10. One Room Country Shack
11. One More Kiss
12. Johnny Guitar
13. Looking Back
14. Eagle Is Back, The
15. Acoustic Jam #1 - (Bonus Track: Acoustic Studio Jams With Shuggie Otis)
16. Acoustic Jam #2 - (Bonus Track: Acoustic Studio Jams With Shuggie Otis)

"Johnny Guitar Watson 1952-1955" (Classics R & B 2009)

1. Motor Head Baby
2. Stormy
3. Just Won't Treat Me Rite
4. No I Can't
5. Motor Head Baby
6. Highway 60
7. Sad Fool
8. I Got Eyes
9. What's Goin' On
10. Walkin' to My Baby
11. Thinking
12. Space Guitar
13. Half Pint of Whiskey
14. Gettin' Drunk
15. You Can't Take It with You
16. Hot Little Mama
17. I Love to Love You
18. Too Tired
19. Don't Touch Me (I'm Gonna Hit the Highway)
20. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
21. Someone Cares for Me

"At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall" (Jazzline 2017)

Mr. Magic 5:40
I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger 4:27
Stormy Monday 10:57
Superman Lover 5:22
Gangsters Of Love 5:06
Ain't That A Bitch 5:20
Cuttin' In 3:47
I Need It 15:05
Signature Tune 0:34

"At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall" (Southern Routes 2017)

01 Motor Head Baby
02 Stormy
03 Highway 60
04 I Got Eyes
05 Motorhead Baby
06 Space Guitar
07 You Can't Take It With You
08 Gettin' Drunk
09 Hot Little Mama
10 Three Hours Past Midnight
11 Ain't Gonna Hush
12 Don't Touch Me
13 Too Tired
14 Love Me Baby
15 She Moves Me
16 Honey
17 The Bear (The Preacher and the Bear)
18 The Eagle Is Back
19 Broke And Lonely
20 Cuttin' In
21 Cold, Cold Heart
22 That's The Chance You've Got To Take
23 The Late Freight Twist
24 In The Evening
25 Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
26 Gangster Of Love

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