Delta Swamp Rock: More Sounds from The South 1968-75 - At the Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul Double CD
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Soul Jazz Records' much-anticipated second volume of Delta Swamp Rock is a further guide to the sounds of the South, a journey into the heartland of the American South, exploring the musical links between country, rock and soul music in the 1960s and early 1970s. The record features Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tony Joe White, Bobby Gentry, Joe South, Area Code 615 and many more.
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From Area Code 415's storming banjo and harmonica driven 'Ruby' to Earl Scruggs closing 'Lonesome And A Long Way From Home' the sequencing is (almost) perfect. Bobbie Gentry weighs in with a couple of sublime cuts with 'Touch 'Em With Love' (the chorus sounds almost identical to Van Morrison's 'Crazy Love' in places) being the pick. The aforementioned Area Code 415's 'Devil Weed And Me' is a country-psych jam and Tony Joe White brings the funk with 'Who's Making Love'. The guitar on Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed 'Tennessee Stud' is deliriously good and 'Sufficiently Breathless' by Captain Beyond is a cool and breezy number that takes in a fuzzy guitar break. Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Freebird' seems to have been included for the populist vote and does seem out of step with much of the music here (an edited version featuring the second half of the song would have made the perfect album outro though).
With a running time of 76:29 and featuring the standard Soul Jazz Records accompanying booklet (52 pages), this is a fine compilation. 4½ stars and recommended.
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