Upon The Winter Solstice is a compilation album that was released exclusively at Kohl’s Department Stores during the 2013 holiday season. 100% of the proceeds go to the Kohl’s Cares charity to support kids’ health and education. This is not to be confused with the recently released Tales of Winter: Selections from the TSO Rock Operas compilation which covers all five TSO albums and one EP. So far, that’s an album that’s only been released in Europe anyway. Upon The Winter Solstice focuses solely on the group’s first three Christmas releases (known as the Christmas Trilogy): Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic and The Lost Christmas.
Endless Melancholy: "'Winter Outtakes II' is a collection of the compilation tracks and unreleased demos, that haven't had a chance to appear on any of releases. It already becomes a tradition for me to collect such ottakes together and put them out as small seasonal EP's. 'Embrace The Sunlight' is a track composed for 'Hawk Moon Records: Volume V' compilation from the UK label Hawk Moon Records and released in digital via this label December 2016. 'These Gloomy Days' is a track recorded for 'Illuminations II' compilation by Russian label Dronarivm and released in digital via this label January 2018. ‘Aurora’ is the most recent track of all presented. It was recorded January 2018".
The Progressive Blues Experiment is the debut album by Johnny Winter. The Progressive Blues Experiment was originally issued on Austin's Sonobeat Records label in 1968. When Winter signed to Columbia Records, the rights were sold to Imperial Records who reissued the album in 1969. Winter plays here in a trio with his late-sixties band. Several blues artists are covered including B.B. King ("It's My Own Fault"), Sonny Boy Williamson ("Help Me"), and Slim Harpo ("I Got Love If You Want It").