Swamp Dogg Presents Doris Duke and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells

Swamp Dogg Presents Doris Duke and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells

by Doris Duke

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Overview

It's hard to fathom why Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles get equal billing with Doris Duke on this archival release from Jerry Williams, aka Swamp Dogg, since it features two full-length albums in their entirety from Ms. Duke and a mere three songs from LaBelle. Duke and Williams have had a stormy business relationship in the past (the booklet features several letters from Williams and his lawyers asserting his control over her recording career), so perhaps Duke's co-star status is intended as a subtle jape, but that doesn't make this any less puzzling for fans of either artist. The tracks from LaBelle & the Bluebelles are fine, and "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days" is a rare number that was left in the vaults until it appeared on a collection of Atlantic rarities in 2006, but LaBelle's East Coast sound is somewhat at odds with the Deep South tone of Duke's work. As for the two Doris Duke albums featured on this disc, 1969's I'm a Loser and 1971's A Legend in Her Own Time rank with her finest work, and present this oft-overlooked soul queen in marvelous, heart-tugging form. From the palpable heartache of the opening "He's Gone" to the defiant closer, "To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)" (which became one of Duke's few hit singles), I'm a Loser is a triumphant example of powerful deep soul, and A Legend in Her Own Time very nearly matches it. This could be readily recommended as the best Doris Duke collection extant if it weren't for the fact the British Kent label has also released these two albums on a single disc under the title I'm a Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions and More, which ups the ante with better artwork and liner notes as well as three early single sides by Duke taking the place of the Patti LaBelle tracks. The Kent release of this material is markedly superior, but this still features 23 superb performances by Doris Duke, and serious soul fans would do well to own this material regardless of the packaging or the bonus tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2007
Label: S.D.E.G.
UPC: 0722247195621
catalogNumber: 1956
Rank: 237380

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doris Duke   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Pete Carr   Guitar
Jeanie Greene   Background Vocals
Jerry Williams   Piano,Background Vocals
Duane Allman   Guitar
Charles Chalmers   Background Vocals
Joseph DeAngelis   French Horn
Stacy Goss   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jasper Guarino   Drums
Paul Hornsby   Organ
Donna Rhodes   Background Vocals
Sandra Rhodes   Background Vocals
Sonny Royal   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Sandlin   Drums
Mike Stough   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Detroit Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Philadelphia Symphony   Strings
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass,Conga,Bass Guitar
Chuck Level   Piano
Donna Rhoden   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary "U.S." Bonds   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Jerry Williams   Arranger,Producer,Concept,Audio Production,Art Conception
Charlie Whitehead   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Mickey Buckins   Composer
Joel Fein   Engineer
Charlie Foxx   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Jim Hawkins   Engineer
Leon Huff   Composer
Jimmy Roach   Composer
Richard Rome   String Arrangements
Bill Szymczyk   Engineer
Robert Tubert   Composer
Yvonne Williams   Composer
Joe Zagarino   Engineer
David "Bat" Johnson   Engineer
Brooks O'Dell   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Art Conception
Larry Harrison   Composer

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