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What the Hell Is This? [Bonus Tracks]

Album: What the Hell Is This? [Bonus Tracks]
# Song Title   Time
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
8)    Funk If I Know, The - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
9)    Watsonian Institute - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Johnny "Guitar" Watson (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Bill Haley, Albert Wing (saxophone); Gregory Davis, Walt Fowler (trumpet); Tony Coleman, Bruce Fowler (trombone); Bobby Howard, Deon Estus (bass); Emry Thomas (drums, percussion).
  • Personnel: Johnny "Guitar" Watson (vocals, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, electric bass); Johnny "Guitar" Watson; Bill Haley, Albert Wing (saxophone); Gregory Michael Davis II (trumpet); Emry Thomas (trombone, drums); Tony Coleman, Bruce Fowler (trombone); Deon Estus.
  • Audio Mixer: Clint Bennett.
  • Audio Remasterer: Keith Blake.
  • Liner Note Author: Ernest Hardy.
  • Recording information: Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA.
  • Photographer: Jim McCrary.
  • Arranger: Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
  • Given the gleefully irreverent album cover (featuring the bewildered artist in seriously bold threads, sitting on a tricycle flanked by three female gas station attendants), listeners know that they're in for a fun time before WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? even begins. This 1979 record finds Johnny "Guitar" Watson in a serious funk mode, a fact made immediately clear by the surging opening title track, on which the Texas-born Watson muses about the YWCA and ponders unemployment over a dense, Parliament-worthy backdrop. While Watson does indulge in some of his signature bluesy, pyrotechnic six-string playing, this is a giddy funk/R&B outing that's steeped in thick keyboard and bass lines, and it stands as an underrated gem of the late '70s.
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