Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 5

Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 5

by Swamp Dogg


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Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 5

Jerry Williams (aka Swamp Dogg) has been restoring a number of his long out-of-print albums for availability on CD with his Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg series, and Volume Five features a pair of lesser-known items from his archives. 1976's You Ain't Never Too Old to Boogie was a set of rollicking, soulful funk that was tossed out the backdoor by DJM Records, even though it's one of Swamp Dogg's most approachable (and least eccentric) LPs. Mostly devoted to songs about the ups and downs and being in love and playing music, the album pairs Williams with a tight and emphatic studio combo (featuring the great Travis Wammack on guitar), and the results will start a party in no time flat. The next nine tracks are taken from an unreleased album Williams cut for Mercury, which he claims was shelved because the label was too frightened to put out a country album by an African-American artist. While the results certainly have a noticeable R&B accent, most of this stuff wouldn't be out of place on country radio in the '80s, with plenty of fiddle and steel guitar and no small amount of studio sheen. Significantly, Williams' stories of love both good and bad among grown-ups owe a lot to the traditions of both Southern soul and classic country, and songs like "That's My Wife," "Don't Give Up," and "If You're Leaving (Take Me with You)" show how little separates the two styles. (And while it's hard to imagine radio of any genre embracing a song as blunt as "Wifebeater," Williams' attack on spousal abuse is brave, heartfelt, and emotionally effective.) Nashville may not have been ready for Swamp Dogg, but the material included here shows he had a lot to offer as a country artist, and while the unreleased album makes a somewhat strange bedfellow for the funky rave-ups on You Ain't Never Too Old to Boogie, this disc demonstrates just how far Swamp Dogg's talents can stretch.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2007
Label: S.D.E.G.
UPC: 0722247195928
catalogNumber: 1959
Rank: 182545

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Performance Credits

Swamp Dogg   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Travis Wammack   Guitar
Jerry Williams   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Guitar Shorty   Guitar
Charles G. Hayes   Tenor Saxophone
Harrison Calloway   Horn
Ronnie Eades   Horn
Stacy Goss   Horn
Bobby Hardin   Background Vocals
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Charles Rose   Horn
Mike Stough   Horn
Jim Vest   Pedal Steel Guitar
Audie Watkins   Percussion
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Bob Wray   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bob Etoll   Guitar
Ernie Reed   Fiddle
Eddie Rodrigues   Drums
Jimmy Evans   Drums
Tim Southerland   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sunny Royal   Horn
Bob Etoll   Guitar
Harvey Thompsom   Horn
Sid Hudson   Guitar
Bobby Hardin   Background Vocals
Ernie Reed   Fiddle
Dottie Delonibus   Background Vocals
Mary Fiedler   Background Vocals
Kenny Altbush   Drums
Duke Jobe   Bass Guitar
Eddie Rodriguez   Drums

Technical Credits

Jerry Williams   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jim Vest   Arranger
Yvonne Williams   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Bob Etoll   Arranger
Danny Dunkleberger   Engineer
Don Covay   Composer

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