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Swamp Dogg's first album,reissued for the very first time on vinyl (original gatefold jacket) since its original release in 1970. "Total Destruction To Your Mind",has been called "one of the most gloriously gonzo soul recordings of all time".
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And why didn't it set the world on fire back in '70? Looking back, it's becoming apparent that Swamp Dogg's vision was too vast: Too funky for the hippies, too brainy and crunchy for the soul set. He's a hard man to pin down, and for every gag or tongue-in-cheek moment, there's another that's darker, more sincere, and more intense...you can't write him off as a joke, but he's not above making fun of himself, his scene, or anyone else. It's a unique perspective and incredibly refreshing, even today.
Don't hesitate to pick this one up. That said, if you are enjoying the nicely pressed vinyl edition of this record (and other Swamp Dogg-related titles on Alive), you WILL like me be disappointed that the LP editions:
- Do not include the liner notes and photos featured in the CD versions.
- Do not include the bonus tracks on the CD editions (fortunately, this title doesn't have bonus tracks).
- Do not provide a complimentary digital download of the music (this would have been the best way to distribute the bonus tracks to vinyl consumers).
- Are packaged in flimsy paperboard sleeves (a small complaint -- they can't all be Stoughton, I guess)
It's almost as though Alive is trying to punish people who purchase the more expensive format. Classy. I emailed them and asked if it would be possible to just get an electronic copy of the liner notes, and they replied and said that would be "very complicated." Yeah. Putting a low-res PDF--or just the text--on a secret page of your website is SO HARD. Docked a star for this needless oversight.
UPDATE: Alive Records is now including a flier with the liner notes from the CD editions when you order the LPs directly from them. It doesn't address every issue, but it is a nice gesture and is much appreciated.
FOUR STARS! Swamp Dogg's "Total Destruction To Your Mind" is a lost bayou-funk treasure. - ROLLING STONE
Alive's digipack remaster of Swamp Dogg's Total Destruction To Your Mind should give this five-star gem the broader circulation it deserves. - NO DEPRESSION
Swamp Dogg's "Total Destruction To Your Mind" and "Rat On!" are red hot platters of burning Southern Soul. - BLURT
Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams is a cult hero who's responsible for some of the most unique rock-influenced R&B (and weirdest album covers) ever made. - SPIN
A brilliant, prolific soul auteur. - NASHVILLE SCENE
Swamp Dogg's "Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe." is a song every man should llsten to. - ESQUIRE MAGAZINE
Swamp Dogg's early '70s reissues Total Destruction To Your Mind and Rat On! bring the soul in a big way. - POPMATTERS
Swamp Dogg has the classic chill factor down in his Soul. - THE ALTERNATE ROOT
Hyped-up unearthings of vintage funk/soul "lost classics" are a dime a dozen nowadays, but it's not often you encounter something as truly strange and striking as the first two LPs from Virginia eccentric Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg. Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970) and Rat On! (1971) -- remastered/reissued on Alive Naturalsound -- make good on their gonzo titles with faintly absurd yet salient satire on war, consumerism and race politics all backed by roiling, Stax-style funk. - PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
Swamp Dogg two earliest releases - Total Destruction To Your Mind (1970) and Rat On! (1971) - have long been overdue for a re-release. Now, crisply remastered and available on CD and vinyl, they're ready to shine afresh and perhaps attract a new audience. - BLOGCRITICS
Legendary psychedelic soul bluesman Swamp Dogg`s reissues of his first two albums, Total Destruction to Your Mind and Rat On! sound amazing. They've still got that swamp funk to them, but the remastering job is just absolutely stellar. For those used to vinyl rips and bootleg CDs, these brand-new LP reissues (and first-time official CD releases) will blow your mind. - ROCK STAR JOURNALIST
Because of his 1972 rendition of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," Al Green usually gets credited with discovering the soul potential of Bee Gees ballads. But Jerry Williams--a.k.a. Swamp Dogg--actually discovered it first when he wrapped his voice around "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" on his 1971 album, Rat On!, which along with two other early-Swamp Dogg longplayers, Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970), and Gag a Maggot (1973), has just been reissued by Alive Records.
Part of what has made Williams an underground legend is his capacity for explosively soulful unpredictability. Part big-voiced belter, part Fred Sanford, he exemplifies what "diversity" meant (or at least sounded like) before it became a humorless, oxymoronic talisman of the left. - WORLD MAGAZINE
Swamp Dogg is a great combination of funk and soul that will get you moving and thinking simultaneously. His first two albums Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970) and Rat On! (1971) have been remastered and re-released on Alive Naturalsound Records. Both albums are available now and if you like old-time soul, you should add them to your collection. - LOS ANGELES EXAMINER
Bigger Than Jesus: 25 Rock Deities, Rap Messiahs, and Would-Be Golden Gods: #22 Swamp Dogg - SPIN
Best Nashville Rock Songs Ever: On Swamp Dogg's first solo album, Total Destruction to Your Mind -- which Alive Naturalsound Records just released in a remastered version -- he covered Joe South's racist-bating song "Redneck," and ratcheted up both the tempo and the piss and vinegar. I mean, check it out: He's snarling, shouting and smirking over a hot, hard-driving boogie. That was some bold s*** in 1970. - NASHVILLE SCENE
Swamp Dogg's music is rock, it's country soul, it's classic R&B and it's funk. Take away the impeccable Stax horn arrangements and it's stone cold classic country. - WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
Punk-rock in spirit years before punk. - THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
Textbook examples of genuine southern soul. They're records that sound familiar the first time you hear them. And they never age. They're the kinds of records you don't bother to file because you're playing them all the time. In this age of lies, somebody's got to tell the truth. And the truth is as close as your turntable. Swamp Dogg is back. Everything gonna be alright. - THE RECORD CHANGER
The title track is a slam-bangin' chunk of rock and funk that's pushed by a great session band including guitarist Jesse Carr and drummer Johnny Sandlin, and is easily Dogg's finest moment on record. But the rest of this is great too, ranging from the consumer nightmare "Synthetic World" to the paternity blues of "Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe." Plus, Dogg is a great singer, and his dizzying range gets a workout on these songs. - ALL MUSIC
Total Destruction To Your Mind and Rat On! are highly sought after for both their funky grooves and eccentric moods. - THE DAILY PRESS
After 40 years, Swamp Dogg's music is as relevant, heart-felt and authentic as ever, and through the re-issues of "Rat On" and "Total Destruction To Your Mind" fresh and future generations will be able to reach back through time and get schooled on what the term "old school soul" meant to one of its core artists. Essential. - RUST MAGAZINE
Nothing matches the mind-blowing power of these R&B/rock/protest/progressive masterpieces that musically kept pretty loyal to Southern soul but conceptually were like nothing else on the market. - ROCTOBER
These two albums sound positively thrilling, as if we'd just found a couple of prime unreleased Sly Stone albums hidden in a closet. - SOUND + VISION MAGAZINE
Swamp Dog is an acid-fueled R&B visionary, - SOUL SAUCE
We could all use more Swamp Dogg on our stereos, and 'Total Destruction to Your Mind' and 'Rat On!' are guaranteed to make any record collection better. - VINYL UNDER REVIEW
Everyone get down on your knees and give thanks, for these two magnificent albums are back on store shelves once again. I cannot recommend these two albums enough. I say get them both at the same time, because if you dig one, you're going to want a hit of the other one right away. Trust me on this one... you need some Swamp Dogg in your life. - OTHER MUSIC
This is some of the finest American music not only of its time, but of all time. - BLINDED BY SOUND
The CD comes with a very thin fold-out with the album's original liner notes and song credits. Other than that, no real "bonus" or essay incluced with this reissue, and the CD clocks in at a relatively meager 37 minutes. I would have loved some extra tunes to supplement the original album, but that's a minor complaint in view of how strong this music is. Swamp Dogg was a one-of-a-kind artist and this CD shows him in great form.