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Album: What You See
# Song Title   Time
1)    What Ya See
2)    Ain't Nobody
3)    Camino, El
4)    Okie Doak
5)    Good Thing
6)    You Said
7)    Willie Brown Jr.
8)    Blank Trip
9)    Big Boy Now
10)    Fighting Cock
 

Album: What You See
# Song Title   Time
1)    What Ya See
2)    Ain't Nobody
3)    Camino, El
4)    Okie Doak
5)    Good Thing
6)    You Said
7)    Willie Brown Jr.
8)    Blank Trip
9)    Big Boy Now
10)    Fighting Cock
 
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Performer Notes
  • Super Chikan: James "Super Chikan" Johnson (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Harvell Thomas (bass); Dion Thomas (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Cary Hudson, Bryan Barry, Bob Eagan, Miro Farracci.
  • Personnel: James "Super Chikan" Johnson (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Dion Thomas (snare drum).
  • Audio Mixer: Bruce Watson .
  • Recording information: The Money Shot.
  • Is Super Chikan (aka James Johnson) a soul man or a blues man? And where's the line between the two anyway? On What You See, Chikan certainly blurs them: The title cut roars out of the blocks as if it has come straight from the funk store, a greasy wah-wah riff over some blues licks (although one of those licks sounds worryingly like the Stranglers' "Peaches") and an infectious backbeat. "Ain't Nobody" brings in some great horns, straight out of the Stax studio, while "El Camino" comes close to surf blues over a New Orleans second-line rhythm. In other words, Super Chikan isn't a big believer in boundaries, and he continues to cross them at will throughout the disc -- which makes for some wonderful listening. "Okie Doak" is pure soul-blues, "Good Thing" could teach a lot of rockers how to approach the blues -- it needs to be laid-back like this -- and "You Said" gives it up on one of the funkiest basslines ever to emerge. There's plenty of '60s and '70s influence running through this, like the playful 12-bar synthesizer line on "Willie Brown Jr.," which tends to distract from some fine blues guitar work from the man himself, stretching out a little and showing excellent taste and chops. "Big Boy Now" takes an archetypal blues riff, and while it doesn't add anything new, it does generate plenty of excitement, with the inevitable rooster crows (a Chikan trademark), and a humorous lyric about country music and yodeling. It all rounds out with "Fighting Cock," with a riff any bluesman would give his eye teeth for, not taken too seriously (another Chikan trademark), stripped-down to the point of falling apart, and a guaranteed good time for all. Soul to blues and back again, Chikan knows his way around the rootsy side of music. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (7/00, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Brings his peculiar aesthetic to his rudimental, unruly Mississippi blues. His singing...flairs up in surprising ways, and his guitar holds its own on everything..."

Dirty Linen (6-7/00, p.76) - "...A past master of this garage blues sound....[He] is a crunchy guitarist and, in unguarded moments, a surprisingly effective vocalist..."p

No Depression (3-4/00, pp.119-20) - "...James 'Super Chikan' Johnson, the son of Jack Johnson, displays a unique brand of blues, soul and funk....Without a single sample or digital instrument, he has created a down-home party record..."
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