Best of Tony Joe White

The Best of Tony Joe White

by Tony Joe White
     
 

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Twenty tracks from 1969-1973, the period of Tony Joe White's greatest success, including "Polk Salad Annie" and White's own version of his composition "Rainy Night in Georgia." Most of this is quality swamp rock with pop-soul-conscious production; on cuts like "High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish," it sounds very much like he was trying to achieve a groove in the mold of …  See more details below

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Twenty tracks from 1969-1973, the period of Tony Joe White's greatest success, including "Polk Salad Annie" and White's own version of his composition "Rainy Night in Georgia." Most of this is quality swamp rock with pop-soul-conscious production; on cuts like "High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish," it sounds very much like he was trying to achieve a groove in the mold of Bobbie Joe Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." Sometimes he gets real down-home in a stomping backwoods blues style that makes him sound a little like a White counterpart to John Lee Hooker, as on "Stockholm Blues." If there's any criticism to be levied against this music, it's in its occasional lack of variety, White mining staple swamp rock boogie riffs for all they're worth. However, few, if any, performers and writers were as skilled as White in doing so, and he has a fine knack for sharp storytelling lyrics.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Mpg [movieplay Gold]
UPC:
8712177019359
catalogNumber:
74177

Tracks

  1. Polk Salad Annie
  2. Soul Francisco
  3. Willie and Laura Mae Jones
  4. Rainy Night in Georgia
  5. Roosevelt and Ira Lee (Night of the Mossacin)
  6. Stockholm Blues
  7. High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish
  8. Old Man Willis
  9. The Train I'm On
  10. If I Ever Saw a Good Thing
  11. As the Crow Flies
  12. Even Trolls Love Rock and Roll
  13. Backwoods Preacher Man
  14. Takin' the Midnight Train
  15. Did Somebody Make a Fool out of You
  16. They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas
  17. Saturday Night in Oak Grove, Louisiana
  18. I've Got a Thing About You Baby
  19. For Ol' Times Sake
  20. Ol' Mother Earth

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Joe White   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Ronnie Barron   Organ,Conga,Electric Piano,Vibes
Tippy Armstrong   Acoustic Guitar
Barry Beckett   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Lou Collins   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Creason   Drums
Tom Dowd   Background Vocals
Jack Hale   Trombone
Roger Hawkins   Drums,Harp,Jew's Harp,Maracas,cowbell
David Hood   Bass
Roger Hopps   Trumpet
John Hughey   Pedal Steel Guitar
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Kenny Malone   Drums
Jerry Masters   Background Vocals
Tommy McClure   Bass
James Milhart   Drums
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Donna Rhodes   Background Vocals
Sandy Rhoads   Background Vocals
Sandra Rhodes   Background Vocals
George Soulé   Background Vocals
Mike Utley   Organ
Terry Woodford   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Louis Collins   Tenor (Vocal)
Robert McGuffie   Bass
David Briggs   Organ,Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Billy Swan   Producer
Tony Joe White   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Roger Davies   Management
Tom Dowd   Arranger,Producer
Gregg Geller   Producer
Nashville Horns   Contributor
Lindsay Scott   Management
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bergen White   Arranger
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction

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