Guilty! (album)

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Studio album by Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon
Released December 1971 (reissued in 1976 as Black & White Blues)
Recorded July - September, 1971 at MGM Studios, Wally Heider Studios, John Phillips Studio and with the Far Out Mobile Unit
Genre Rock, blues rock, R&B
Length 45:31
Label MGM Records, United Artists
Producer Jerry Goldstein, Eric Burdon
Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon chronology
The Black-Man's Burdon
(with War)
(1970)The Black-Man's Burdon1970
(with Jimmy Witherspoon

Guilty! (called Black & White Blues in re-releases) is a 1971 album by Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon. It was the first release by Burdon after he left his band War.


In September 1970, Jimi Hendrix died after a jam session with Eric Burdon & War at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. After that, Burdon often broke down on stage. On 5 February 1971 he finally left the band in the middle of their European tour, allegedly due to exhaustion. After returning home and taking time off, the bulk of the album was recorded in summer with Witherspoon. The backing band, called Tovarish,[1] consisted mainly of members from War.

"Going Down Slow" was recorded live in May 1971 in the San Quentin State Prison, with backing from Ike White and the San Quentin Prison Band.[2] "Home Dream" was taken from Eric Burdon & War's back catalog; the song's title refers to the John Phillips Studios in Los Angeles. "Soledad" was released as a single.[3]

The album was re-released as Black & White Blues in 1976. Remastered CD issues, also with the alternate album title, were made in 1995 by MCA and in 2003 by BMG.

The Italian e-zine Viceversa ranked Guilty! number 97 on their top 100 albums of all time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I've Been Driftin' / Once Upon a Time" (Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Burdon)
  2. "Steam Roller" (James Taylor)
  3. "The Laws Must Change" (John Mayall)
  4. "Have Mercy Judge" (Chuck Berry)
  5. "Going Down Slow" (Live) (St. Louis Jimmy Oden)
  6. "Soledad" (Burdon, John Sterling)
  7. "Home Dream" (Burdon)
  8. "Wicked, Wicked Man" (Burdon)
  9. "Headin' for Home" (Burdon, John Sterling, Kim Kesterson)
  10. "The Time Has Come" (Witherspoon, Teddy Edwards)


  • Eric Burdon - vocals, design
  • Jimmy Witherspoon - vocals
  • Howard Scott, John Sterling - guitar
  • B.B. Dickerson, Kim Kesterson - bass
  • Lonnie Jordan, Terry Ryan - piano, organ
  • George Suranovich, Harold Brown - drums
  • Papa Dee Allen - congas
  • Bob Mercereau, Lee Oskar - harmonica
  • Charles Miller - tenor saxophone
  • Chris Huston, George Koch, Richard Moore, Stan Agol - engineers


  1. ^ "The Bands". Eric Burdon Albums (fan site). Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Guilty! - MGM LP USA". Eric Burdon Albums (fan site). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Klaus, Affendaddy (9 July 2009). "23 - Burdon, Eric & J.Witherspoon - Soledad - D - 1971". Flickr. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Viceversa - Rock100, i dischi indispensabili alla vostra vita" (in Italian). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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