Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 5 [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Jerry Williams (aka Swamp Dogg) has been restoring a number of his long out-of-print albums for availability on CD with his Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg series, and Volume Five features a pair of lesser-known items from his archives. 1976's You Ain't Never Too Old to Boogie was a set of rollicking, soulful funk that was tossed out the backdoor by DJM Records, even though it's one of Swamp Dogg's most approachable (and least eccentric) LPs. Mostly devoted to songs about the ups and downs and being in love and playing music, the album pairs Williams with a tight and emphatic studio combo (featuring the great Travis Wammack on guitar), and the results will start a party in no...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Jerry Williams (aka Swamp Dogg) has been restoring a number of his long out-of-print albums for availability on CD with his Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg series, and Volume Five features a pair of lesser-known items from his archives. 1976's You Ain't Never Too Old to Boogie was a set of rollicking, soulful funk that was tossed out the backdoor by DJM Records, even though it's one of Swamp Dogg's most approachable (and least eccentric) LPs. Mostly devoted to songs about the ups and downs and being in love and playing music, the album pairs Williams with a tight and emphatic studio combo (featuring the great Travis Wammack on guitar), and the results will start a party in no time flat. The next nine tracks are taken from an unreleased album Williams cut for Mercury, which he claims was shelved because the label was too frightened to put out a country album by an African-American artist. While the results certainly have a noticeable R&B accent, most of this stuff wouldn't be out of place on country radio in the '80s, with plenty of fiddle and steel guitar and no small amount of studio sheen. Significantly, Williams' stories of love both good and bad among grown-ups owe a lot to the traditions of both Southern soul and classic country, and songs like "That's My Wife," "Don't Give Up," and "If You're Leaving (Take Me with You)" show how little separates the two styles. (And while it's hard to imagine radio of any genre embracing a song as blunt as "Wifebeater," Williams' attack on spousal abuse is brave, heartfelt, and emotionally effective.) Nashville may not have been ready for Swamp Dogg, but the material included here shows he had a lot to offer as a country artist, and while the unreleased album makes a somewhat strange bedfellow for the funky rave-ups on You Ain't Never Too Old to Boogie, this disc demonstrates just how far Swamp Dogg's talents can stretch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: S.d.e.g.
  • UPC: 722247195928
  • Catalog Number: 1959
  • Sales rank: 198,351

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Swamp Dogg Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Travis Wammack Guitar
Jerry Williams Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Guitar Shorty Guitar
Dr. Charles G. Hayes Tenor Saxophone
Harrison Calloway Horn
Ronnie Eades Horn
Stacy Goss Horn
Bobby Hardin Background Vocals
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
Charles Rose Horn
Mike Stough Horn
Jim Vest Pedal Steel Guitar
Audie Watkins Percussion
Tommy Williams Fiddle
Bob Wray Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob Etoll Guitar
Ernie Reed Fiddle
Eddie Rodrigues Drums
Jimmy Evans Drums
Tim Southerland Bass, Bass Guitar
Sunny Royal Horn
Bob Etoll Guitar
Harvey Thompsom Horn
Sid Hudson Guitar
Bobby Hardin Background Vocals
Ernie Reed Fiddle
Dottie Delonibus Background Vocals
Mary Fiedler Background Vocals
Kenny Altbush Drums
Duke Jobe Bass Guitar
Eddie Rodriguez Drums
Technical Credits
Don Covay Composer
Jerry Williams Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jim Vest Arranger
Yvonne Williams Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Bob Etoll Arranger
Danny Dunkleberger Engineer
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