Swamp Pop by the Bayou

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 4/8/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 029667058520
  • Catalog Number: 1161675
  • Sales rank: 74,569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sneakin' Home - The Blue Notes (2:19)
  2. 2 Hear Love Knockin' - Jay Richards & the Blues Kings (2:21)
  3. 3 Tell Me - Bobby Webb And The Jets (2:35)
  4. 4 Oh Oh Baby - Warren Storm (2:22)
  5. 5 Too High a Price (To Pay For Love) - Rocket Morgan (2:12)
  6. 6 Breaking Up is Hard To Do - Jivin' Gene & The Jokers (2:28)
  7. 7 I Ain't Had No Sleep - Frankie Lowery (2:08)
  8. 8 I Ran Around - Johnny Bersin & the Dial-Tones (2:33)
  9. 9 Good Lovin' - John Fred (2:03)
  10. 10 In This Letter - Ronnie Bennett (2:34)
  11. 11 Lonely Lonely Heart - Tommy Strange (2:25)
  12. 12 She's Walking Towards Me - Frankie Lowery (2:30)
  13. 13 Did You Leave Something Else (For Me) - Rocket Morgan (2:10)
  14. 14 No Season On Squeezing - Charles Page (2:01)
  15. 15 The Convict and the Rose - Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats (2:15)
  16. 16 You're On My Mind - The Boogie Kings (3:11)
  17. 17 This Life I Live - Warren Storm (3:19)
  18. 18 You Jezebel - Guitar Jeff (2:25)
  19. 19 I'm Ready - George (1:57)
  20. 20 What Am I To Do - Tommy Strange (2:57)
  21. 21 Operator (This is Elbert) - Peto Marlow & the Rhythm Kings (2:28)
  22. 22 Cry Your Heart Out - Donnie Williams & the Blue Notes (2:17)
  23. 23 What Can I Do - Gene Terry & The Downbeats (1:52)
  24. 24 I'm Leaving You - Warren Storm (2:34)
  25. 25 Deedle Dee Deedle Dee - Bee Arnold (2:26)
  26. 26 Rose Marie - Buck Rogers & His Jets (2:49)
  27. 27 Walking Home - Rocket Morgan (4:39)
  28. 28 Down In New Orleans - John Fred & the Playboys (1:48)
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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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