The Best of Tony Joe White

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1993
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624530527
  • Catalog Number: 45305
  • Sales rank: 12,670

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Joe White Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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, Baritone
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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