Swamp Pop by the Bayou

Swamp Pop by the Bayou

     
 

Another installment in Ace's ongoing and reliably riotous journey through the independent imprints that dotted the jukebox and record stores of southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas in the late '50s and early '60s, Swamp Pop by the Bayou focuses on the young white rock & rollers who picked up guitars after hearing not only ElvisSee more details below

Overview

Another installment in Ace's ongoing and reliably riotous journey through the independent imprints that dotted the jukebox and record stores of southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas in the late '50s and early '60s, Swamp Pop by the Bayou focuses on the young white rock & rollers who picked up guitars after hearing not only Elvis Presley but Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Huey "Piano" Smith, along with a bunch of other rock & rollers and R&B cats from New Orleans. In a sense, these groups and singers were garage rockers, knocking out the sound they so loved, but they also specialized in the laid-back shuffles and rollicking rhumbas of the Crescent City. These rhythms gave these rock & rollers a distinctive regional sound, a sound that would be later called swamp pop but that term didn't exist back when these sides -- several of which are unissued until now -- were cut between 1959-1961. They were simply playing rock & roll, never what it was called, and this spirit is palpable in these simple, sometimes raw, recordings that retain a cheerful, vibrant immediacy; there's not much of a sense that the groups were really striving to have a hit but rather were happy to play some music. Most of these 28 cuts favor an easygoing roll rather than frenetic rock but it's never lazy: it's joyous, through and through. A few of these names are recognizable to aficionados of Louisiana rock & roll and R&B -- Warren Storm, Jivin' Gene, and Johnnie Allan pop up, as do John Fred & the Playboys, revealing how they were rockers long before "Judy in Disguise" -- but, like on the previous Bayou compilations produced by Ian Saddler for Ace, there's a heavy emphasis on rarities, with half of these songs making their debut here. These unheard tunes are hardly bad: instead, they're as good as the singles that appeared at the time and, combined, they emphasize just how rich the Louisiana bayou was in the early '60s and how good the music still sounds.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0029667058520
catalogNumber:
1161675
Rank:
52963

Tracks

  1. Sneakin' Home  -  Blue Notes
  2. Hear Love Knockin'  -  Jay Richards & the Blues Kings
  3. Tell Me  -  Bobby Webb And The Jets
  4. Oh Oh Baby  - Warren Storm
  5. Too High a Price (To Pay For Love)  - Rocket Morgan
  6. Breaking Up is Hard To Do  -  Jivin' Gene & The Jokers
  7. I Ain't Had No Sleep  - Frankie Lowery
  8. I Ran Around  -  Johnny Bersin & the Dial-Tones
  9. Good Lovin'  - John Fred
  10. In This Letter  - Ronnie Bennett
  11. Lonely Lonely Heart  - Tommy Strange
  12. She's Walking Towards Me  - Frankie Lowery
  13. Did You Leave Something Else (For Me)  - Rocket Morgan
  14. No Season On Squeezing  - Charles Page
  15. The Convict and the Rose  -  Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats
  16. You're On My Mind  -  Boogie Kings
  17. This Life I Live  - Warren Storm
  18. You Jezebel  - Guitar Jeff
  19. I'm Ready  -  George
  20. What Am I To Do  - Tommy Strange
  21. Operator (This is Elbert)  -  Peto Marlow & the Rhythm Kings
  22. Cry Your Heart Out  -  Donnie Williams & the Blue Notes
  23. What Can I Do  -  Gene Terry & The Downbeats
  24. I'm Leaving You  - Warren Storm
  25. Deedle Dee Deedle Dee  - Bee Arnold
  26. Rose Marie  -  Buck Rogers & His Jets
  27. Walking Home  - Rocket Morgan
  28. Down In New Orleans  -  John Fred & the Playboys

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Betty McDonald   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
J.D. Miller   Composer
David Rachou   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Ronnie Bennett   Composer
Roy Perkins   Composer
Duncan Cowell   Mastering
Tommy Strange   Composer
Pete Bergeron   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Ian Saddler   Liner Notes
Rodney Morgan   Composer
Robert A. King   Composer
Bobby Webb   Composer
Thomas Bryan   Composer
Tony Perreau   Composer
Gene Bourgeois   Composer
Robert Thibodeaux   Composer
John Fred Gourrier   Composer
Wiley Jeffers   Composer
Vince Guzetta   Composer
William Willdridge   Composer
Warren Shexneider   Composer
Terry Derouen   Composer
Ralph Kimble   Composer
Mike Belil   Composer
Johnny Bersin   Composer
Bobby Guidry   Composer

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