(1981/82 'Delmark') (40:09/09) Nach seinem wegweisenden 'Johnson's Whacks'-Album erschien dieser Nachfolger, der leider soundtechnisch enttäuschte - und auch die CD-Fassung klingt nicht viel besser als die LP. Musikalisch Soul/Blues erster Güte, technisch: na j.a / After his groundbreaking first Delmark album 'North//South' was a disappointing follow-up record. The music's fine (soul/blues), but the sound is rather dull. The re-mastered CD version doesn't sound much better than the original LP.
Jimmy Johnson came dramatically to the attention of the blues world with the release of his first American album, Johnson's Whacks (Delmark 644), in 1979, one of the few albums around that time to project a new and distinctive blues personality. Originally issued in '82 North // South contained all original compositions reflecting Jimmy's background in blues, soul, gospel and jazz. Songwriter and blues aficionado Doc Pomus wrote on the original LP, 'Individuality is a sign of the great ones. When you hear a bar or two, and you know immediately who's hitting the notes, you know you're listening to a master - and that's how it is when you're hearing Jimmy Johnson. He's an incredible blues singer, guitarist and songwriter.'