CD The Best of Tony Joe White [093624530527] (CD 616749),
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The Best of Tony Joe White [093624530527]

  • 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. Train I'm On, The
    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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45305

  • Credits
    ProducerGregg Geller; Jerry Wexler; Peter Asher; Tom Dowd; Tony Joe White; Billy Swan; Gregg Geller (Compilation)

    Personnel includes: Tony Joe White (vocals).
    Personnel: Tony Joe White (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Andrew Love (tenor, tenor saxophone); Louis Collins (tenor); Reggie Young (guitar); Tippy Armstrong (acoustic guitar); Roger Hawkins (harp, drums, cowbells, Jew's harp, maracas); Charles Chalmers (saxophone, background vocals); Lou Collins (tenor saxophone); James Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Roger Hopps, Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Barry Beckett (piano, Clavinet, organ); David Briggs (piano, organ, keyboards); Ronnie Barron (electric piano, organ, vibraphone, congas); Mike Utley (organ); James Milhart, Kenny Malone, Sammy Creason, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Donna Rhodes, George Soul, Sandy Rhoads, Jerry Masters, Sandra Rhodes, Terry Woodford, Tom Dowd (background vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Robert K. Oermann.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Nashville Horns.
    Arrangers: Tom Dowd; Bergen White.
    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. ~ Richie Unterberger

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