Swamp Blues

Swamp Blues

     
 

An instant classic when it was released as a double LP in the U.K. in 1970 by Mike Vernon's legendary Blue Horizon Records, Swamp Blues isn't technically an Excello Records product, but all of the veteran blues artists included in the set have strong ties to the Louisiana label. Vernon recorded everything included here in Baton Rouge over the course of four hotSee more details below

Overview

An instant classic when it was released as a double LP in the U.K. in 1970 by Mike Vernon's legendary Blue Horizon Records, Swamp Blues isn't technically an Excello Records product, but all of the veteran blues artists included in the set have strong ties to the Louisiana label. Vernon recorded everything included here in Baton Rouge over the course of four hot summer August days in 1970, and ended up breaking the two resulting LPs into a 12-song band set and followed it with a 12-song set that featured these blues artists working solo (in this CD reissue, obviously, the solo sides simply follow the band sides with no break in between). Not as loose and bayou atmospheric as Jay Miller's famous Excello productions, these tracks still have that swamp something going for them, and the whole collection is a wonderful testament to Excello's stable of blues artists. Highlights include Whispering Smith's funky "Cold Black Mare" and his harmonica-and-foot-stomp-accompanied "Baby Please Don't Go," Silas Hogan's wry "Dry Chemical Blues," Arthur "Guitar" Kelley's poignant "How Can I Stay When All I Have Is Gone," and Clarence Edwards' stark and acoustic "Cooling Board." Considered a stone cold classic in Britain, Swamp Blues should be afforded the same pomp it's due in the States. It's that good.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667166126
catalogNumber:
661
Rank:
182185

Tracks

  1. Looking the World Over  - Whispering Smith
  2. Somebody Stole My Baby and Gone  - Arthur "Guitar" Kelley
  3. Just Give Me a Chance  - Silas Hogan
  4. Lonesome Bedroom Blues  - Clarence Edwards
  5. Can't Last Too Long  - Henry Gray
  6. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere  - Whispering Smith
  7. Deep South Mose  - Whispering Smith
  8. Dry Chemical Blues  - Silas Hogan
  9. How Can I Stay When All I Have Is Gone  - Arthur "Guitar" Kelley
  10. Let Me Love You Baby  - Clarence Edwards
  11. Cold Black Mare  - Whispering Smith
  12. I Didn't Tell Her to Leave  - Silas Hogan
  13. Cooling Board  - Clarence Edwards
  14. Storm in Texas (Texas Flood)  - Whispering Smith
  15. Gray's Bounce  - Henry Gray
  16. Hoo-Doo Blues  - Silas Hogan
  17. Worried Life Blues  - Henry Gray
  18. I Want Somebody  - Clarence Edwards
  19. I Don't Know Why  - Arthur "Guitar" Kelley
  20. Honey Bee Blues  - Silas Hogan
  21. Baton Rouge Breakdown  - Whispering Smith
  22. Showers of Rain  - Henry Gray
  23. Number Ten at the Station and Number Twelve Is on the Road [Mono Versio  - Arthur "Guitar" Kelley
  24. Baby Please Don't Go  - Whispering Smith

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Gray   Piano,Vocals
Silas Hogan   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Edwards   Guitar,Vocals
Leon Medica   Bass
Arthur "Guitar" Kelley   Guitar,Vocals
Samuel Hogan   Drums

Technical Credits

Larry Davis   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Silas Hogan   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer,Liner Notes
A.C. Kelley   Composer
Clarence Edwards   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Moses Smith   Composer
Cy Frost   Engineer
Major Merriweather   Composer
Rick Horton   Engineer
Joseph Scott   Composer
Terry Pattison   Executive Producer
J. West   Composer
H Gray   Composer
J. Williamson   Composer
Bud Howell   Executive Producer

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