Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 3

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Since Swamp Dogg's short-lived associations with a remarkable number of different record labels has made collecting his back catalog a formidable challenge, it's great news for fans that the artist sometime known as Jerry Williams has been reissuing a number of his albums on two-fer CDs with his Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg series, and the third volume features 1975's Have You Heard This Story? and 1989's I Called for a Rope and They Threw Me a Rock. Unfortunately, Williams plays historical revisionist on this set and Have You Heard This Story? appears in remixed and re-sequenced form with some of the vocal tracks re-recorded; the album was a more pleasing and soulful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Since Swamp Dogg's short-lived associations with a remarkable number of different record labels has made collecting his back catalog a formidable challenge, it's great news for fans that the artist sometime known as Jerry Williams has been reissuing a number of his albums on two-fer CDs with his Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg series, and the third volume features 1975's Have You Heard This Story? and 1989's I Called for a Rope and They Threw Me a Rock. Unfortunately, Williams plays historical revisionist on this set and Have You Heard This Story? appears in remixed and re-sequenced form with some of the vocal tracks re-recorded; the album was a more pleasing and soulful listen in its original form, and the new mix sounds a bit tinny and distorted on this disc. Still, the songs are fine (especially "The Mind Does the Dancing While the Body Pulls the Strings" and "Chewed Up Grass"), and the session players lay out some superb Southern funk and soul on these sessions. I Called for a Rope was the first album from Williams' own Swamp Dogg Entertainment Group label, and recording on his own dime, he relies on synthesizers and drum machines rather than a full studio band, so the album has an unfortunately cheesy sound that doesn't flatter the material. But Swamp Dogg's vocals are potent and forceful, and the songs solidly hit their mark, particularly the sly "I'd Lie to You for Your Love" and the urgent "We Need a Revolution." While the fidelity of this disc isn't as good as one might hope and Have You Heard This Story? is better heard in its original form, at least this makes two albums worth owning available again, and who knows, maybe this time Williams will actually make some money off this stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: S.D.E.G.
  • UPC: 722247195720
  • Catalog Number: 1957

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Swamp Dogg Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Travis Wammack Guitar, Harmonica
Tony Mathews Guitar
Jerry Williams Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Harrison Calloway Trumpet
Ronnie Eades Baritone Saxophone
Stacy Goss Trumpet
Lenny LeBlanc Bass, Bass Guitar
Randy McCormick Organ
Charles Rose Trombone
Harvey Thompson Flute, Tenor Saxophone
David "Bat" Johnson Human Whistle
Cris Jones Background Vocals
Jimmy Evans Drums, Tambourine
Jimmy Burnett Drums
Audie "Ed" Watkins Percussion
Dr. Jeri Yvonne Williams Background Vocals
Cris Jones Background Vocals
Lequint "Duke" Jobe Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jerry Williams Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Bob Kinsey Engineer
Yvonne Williams Producer, Audio Production
David Johnson Whistle
David "Bat" Johnson Engineer
Jack Berry Engineer
Paul Skorich Programming
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