Edgar Winter Live At The Galaxy (Classic Pictures) He may not be as well known as older brother Johnny, but Edgar Winter has produced a more distinguishable brand of music, fusing rock, jazz, soul and funk as well as his brother’s beloved blues.
From page 100 of Classic Rock Magazine September 2003
He’s always known the value of putting on a good show as well, which is why he’s able to make his classic 70s anthems like ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Free Ride’, ‘Turn On Your Love Light’ and ‘Keep Playing That Rock & Roll’ look and sound as fresh as the songs like ‘Texas’ and ‘Show Your Love’ from his recent ‘Winter Blues’ album.
Having some young lively musicians in his band helps, too, even if they are prone to some flash behaviour at times.
Guitarist Doug Rappaport can switch from grunge to blues to metal in the twinkling of a pose. He may be dressed like the former but has tendencies towards the latter given half a chance.
And bassist Mark Meadows clearly has to play that fast in order to justify the slashed shirt, chest hair and outrageous Stetson.
Edgar’s selection of capes and cloaks is positively restrained by comparison.
Still, this is the Galaxy Theatre in Los Angeles, where such leniencies are not just permitted but actively encouraged. Edgar, whose voice can still rival James Brown at times, manages to keep most of the show on a relatively tight rein, but even he can’t resist indulging in a 15-minute ‘Frankenstein’ and an 18-minute ‘Tobacco Road’. By then, however, they’ve earned the right.