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Delta Swamp Rock: Sounds from the South: At the Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul [Double CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Soul Jazz Records
  • ASIN: B004RPQSC8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Seasons
2. Barefoot Jerry - Smokies
3. Joe South - Hush
4. Bobbie Gentry - Papa, Wont You Let Me Go to Town with You
5. Area Code 615 - Stone Fox Chase
6. Duane and Gregg Allman - God Rest his Soul
7. Cher - I Walk on Guilded Splinters
8. Cowboy - Please Be with Me
9. The Allman Brothers - Ain't Wastin Time No More
10. Link Wray - Be What You Want To
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Leon Russell - Out in the Woods
2. Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
3. Barefoot Jerry - Come to me Tonight
4. Duane and Gregg Allman - Morning Dew
5. Linda Ronstadt - I Won't Be Hangin Round
6. Dan Penn - If Love Was Money
7. Waylon Jennings - Big D
8. Big Star - Thirteen
9. Bobbie Gentry - Mississippi Delta
10. Travis Wammack - I Forgot to Remember to Forget
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CD Description

Soul Jazz Records' Delta Swamp Rock is a definitive guide to the music of the southern states of USA created between 1968-1975 where country, rock and soul met. Accompanying the deluxe double CD is a weighty 52-page book with loads of exclusive sleevenotes, photographs and biographies.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK as far as it goes....... 17 May 2011
By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before everyone gets too excited about this compilation which admittedly has some classic tracks from the usual suspects (Bobbie Gentry, Allmans, Boz Scaggs, Linda Ronstadt) and pleasant surprises (Joe South's "Hush" & amazingly Cher's "I Walk On Gilded Splinters") there are also significant caveats including some dross (Link Wray way, way past his prime & the pre-Allman Duane & Gregg tracks aren't much to write home about) and some misfiring compiler choices (notably the Anglophilic Big Star who stick out like a sore thumb, post aircrash [!] Lynyrd Skynryd and what is Johnny Cash doing here with a Tim Hardin song?!?). The biggest problem I have though is with the essential omissions considering how relatively few tracks there are on each CD; where is the Marshall Tucker Band [South Carolina] who mixed jazzy flute'n'sax into the southern rock template, ZZ Top [Texas], Tom Petty [Florida], JJ Cale [Oklahoma], and perhaps most of all a decent Lynyrd Skynryd track from their peak period (something like "Ballad of Curtis Loew"?). As ever with Soul Jazz a germ of a really good idea somewhat botched in execution resulting in a bit of a curate's egg; some great stuff yes but also some make-weights and an awful lot missing. Perhaps licensing issues precluded alot of the potentially interesting stuff making the cut but to pass off blatantly inferior stuff like the Link Wray and Johnny Cash tracks as being the "best-of-the-best" (which is what you'd want from a 'sampler' type compilation like this) isn't too smart.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..i second that emotion... 8 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewer but I just wanted to complement the packaging....a nice 'box' sleeve & an informative 66 page booklet...fullmarks to all concerned
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its whatever they say it is 22 May 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
The main reason for buying this package is to get the booklet-which is one of the best I ever read about what we now call Americana,starting with the birth of Sun Records and going up to Capricorn.
The tracks chosen are however not the most famous of the genre where Sweet Home Alabama is representative.
But if they want to call this collection Delta Swamp Rock surely New Orleans should have been in there somewhere.
I also found it rather odd that Travis Wammack who once worked at Sun is here with a song called I forgot to remember to forget-and its a different one to the Elvis and Charlie Feathers song
And I also wonder what Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings are doing here-unless its because of the Outlaw Country movement of the early 70s.
Seems to me this concept should have been thought through more as its too wide ranging to sum up in what is a 2 CD set bordering on the short.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation 3 Jun 2014
By I.J
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
If you like early 70's southern/country rock with a bit of blue-eyed soul and some mellowness this is a good compilation.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History lesson 22 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ok - as a piece of history trying to convince the listener of a solid connection between let's say Johnny Cash and Big Star (both not perhaps essentially much to do with Southen Soul music) this compilation may not be 100% convincing. But as a compilation of great music it's quite superb and in these download times it's great to see and hold such a beautiful package. And for me there are many new names here worth investigating.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Georgia peach 16 May 2011
By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of course, the first thing I had to do was call the polis, 'cos someone has been into my vinyl boxes and snaffled all the good stuff. Because if it were possible to shuffle vinyl, then this would be a fair approximation of what's going on in here. So this double CD came as one of the most pleasant musical surprises of the year so far. And it's also mildy astonishing, because this isn't really the sort of thing you expect to get released.

Granted, there are the expected appearances from Lynyrd Skynyrd and assorted Allmans, but they're not the usual suspects, as they go for "First And Last" Skynyrd and some pre Allman Brothers Duane & Gregg, but it's the almost forgotten blasts from the past, that make this such an (Allman) joy. I've played the Cher version of the Dr. John tune 'I Walk on Guilded Splinters' several times on my radio show, and it remains a lost highlight of her career best album "3614 Jackson Highway". There's room for a tune from the Scott Boyer / Tommy Talton band, Cowboy, who ended up backing Gregg Allman on his first post-Brothers live outings.

Add in some Barefoot Jerry, Bobbie Gentry, Leon Russell, Tony Joe White and Dan Penn, and you're left with what will be the best compilation of 2011. For sure, there are a couple of misfires from the likes of Big Star and Johnny Cash, but I'm sure they're only there to keep the Guardian readers happy. If you'd swapped them for some Wet Willie or a track from the "New Routes" album by Lulu, then this would have been unbeatable. Otherwise, this is a gem of a release.
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