- Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: Gvc
- ASIN: B008RZY48Y
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
On Bended Knee - The Birth Of Swamp Pop Double CD
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Almost all the BIG records are here: Cookie & the Cupcakes with "Mathilda", the Guitar Gable/King Karl version of "This should go on forever", Jimmy Clanton's "Just a dream", Joe Barry's "I'm a fool to care", Jivin' Gene's "Breaking up is hard to do", Phil Phillips' immortal "Sea of love" and the title track (from Bobby Charles) of course. These are all classics of the genre. If you think you know rock'n'roll but you don't know these then give them a listen.Read more ›
The only 2 chart toppers were Phil Philips & the Twilighters' Sea of Love and Dale & Grace's I'm Leaving it All Up To You (a revival of a flop single by Don & Dewey) and even today Swamp Pop is in a specialised area like Cajun or Zydeco to which its related
There have been many sporadic examples of Swamp Pop on the Hot 100 the most consistent being Jimmy Clanton who combined high school pop with the music and other lower entries from Warren Storm and Joe Barry which charted in the U K where Swamp Pop had never meant much.
Like Dale & Grace and Jimmy Clanton,Joe Barry made it to No 49 for a week proving that Swamp Pop was nearly non existent in the U K where Phil Philip's Sea Of Love would have meant nothing as a song if Marty Wilde had never covered it.Yet this never happenned for Vince Eager who covered Rod Bernard's cover of This Should Go On Forever
While Freddy Fender charted high in both pop and country in the States and all his albums were issued here there were few takers
Another Swamp Pop act not mentioned in the sleeve notes was Sunny & the Sunliners who made the top 20 in the States in 1963
Freddie Fender was the next to top the U S charts and even cut an album called Swamp Pop reviving many of the songs from the 60s though he was actually a Texan via Mexico where he cut his first singles in their language .
A cod Cajun single topping the U K charts was via Shakin' Stevens and Oh Julie (not the Crescendos song)Stevens also hit with a revival of John Fred's Shirley which has never been issued here.Read more ›
Most of the artist were probably superstars in the five parishes that surrounded theirs. Some were lucky enough to be know in New Orleans or the neighbouring states of Texas or Mississippi.
A few(and only a few) went nationwide with one or two singles.
Clearly Swamp Pop was a local phenomenon.
Out of the 65 tracks here you will surely know a couple of names: Bobby Charles, Phil Phillips, Jimmy Clanton, Johnnie Allen, John Fred & his Playboy Band.
But! Do names like Guitar Jr, Jivin'Gene, Glenn Wells & the Blends,T.K.Hulin or Gabe Dean ring a bell? There's many more of these unknowns on these two discs.
The Music? There's lots of slows here but not all.
Most are in waltz time and that was de rigeur at the time. Lyrically most themes are about lost love, falling in love, betrayal...you get the picture.
This compilation covers only six years and a small part of the U.S.A.
But it's the same time where Bill Haley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison became household names.
The artists on Swamp Pop in fact deserved the same stardom. The music on these two discs is, in fact, just as good.
You can't leave this in the racks as it's under seven pounds.
You know what to do, don't you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great compilation covering some of the best sounds from the southern states.
A fine overview of the very best of well known and less familiar artists of Louisiana swamp... Read more
I enjoyed this album. There's some good unusual and obscure stuff on it, although it does get a bit samey. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2013 by Kevin Barry
This is a wonderful compilation. Louisiana swamp pop has a sound all its own, and one I love. I'll need a new copy soon, as I'm wearing this one outPublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by Mr. A. Maunder