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Tony Joe White|Swamp Music: The Complete Monument Recordings

Swamp Music: The Complete Monument Recordings

Tony Joe White

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This overstuffed box not only includes all three of Tony Joe White's initial albums for Monument, but adds dozens of extra songs and outtakes, most of which have never been heard before, and includes a fourth disc of previously unreleased live and studio tracks. It's a cornucopia of material, nearly all of it worth hearing, but due to its near obsessive vault clearing, the hefty list price, and its limited-edition status (only 5000 were pressed), it is clearly geared to the obsessive White enthusiast. Even though the singer/songwriter/guitarist was signed to Monument in 1966 (both sides of his rare debut single appear as extras on this set's version of Black and White), his first album was not recorded until 1969. By that time White had pretty much nailed the distinctive and ultimately trademark swamp sound that he mined for the rest of his career. The musky yet melodic songs, evocative lyrics and mid-tempo rhythms married to White's baritone voice reveled in his scrappy Louisiana roots. His first disc kicks off with "Willie and Laura Mae Jones," a steaming slice of the backwoods pop that, like most of his finest work, effortlessly combined blues, country and folk. While others had worked similar territory previously, in particular Bobbie Gentry (her "Ode to Billy Joe" was a major inspiration for White), he infused a rock and R&B sensibility that drove the music with gritty authenticity and his "whomper stomper" wah-wah pedal. Most impressive is the amount of material recorded during the period 1969-1971, the three years covered here. Of these 64 studio tracks and outtakes, all but approximately 20 are originals and most are well worth hearing. Billy Swan remained White's producer throughout these albums, and even though some critics find his strings and horns to be unnecessary embellishments, the sweetening seldom overwhelms the music. White rather reluctantly agrees in his interview available in the informative 36-page book that brings additional value to this compilation. The fourth disc features his entire seven-song performance at 1970s Isle of Wight concert. White is joined by Jeff Beck's drummer Cozy Powell, who he had first met earlier that day, and the duo burn through a sizzling set highlighted by a six-minute version of his biggest hit, "Polk Salad Annie." The compilers also unearth a previously unreleased, solo, ten track studio session recorded in Paris in March of 1969 where White covers Gentry's "Mississippi Delta" along with Bob Dylan, Don Covay and Joe Tex, along with a few originals. Not quite essential, it's still more than worthwhile and fans will enjoy experiencing White in his most stripped down format. It's a fitting coda for a long overdue and neatly packaged appreciation of Tony Joe White's significant influence on American roots music.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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Swamp Music: The Complete Monument Recordings

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1
Willie and Laura Mae Jones (Remastered Version)
00:04:56

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1968 Monument Records

2
Soul Francisco (Remastered Version)
00:01:56

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

3
Aspen Colorado (Remastered Version)
00:02:47

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Cam Mullins, Arranger

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

4
Whompt out on You (Version; Remastered)
00:02:22

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

5
Don't Steal My Love (Remastered Version)
00:03:49

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

6
Polk Salad Annie (Remastered Version)
00:03:44

Tony Joe White, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

7
Who's Making Love (Remastered Version)
00:03:12

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Raymond Jackson, Writer - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Homer Banks, Writer - Bettye Crutcher, Writer - Donald Davis, Writer - Jimmy Isbell, Drums

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

8
Scratch My Back (Remastered Version)
00:03:02

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass - JAMES MOORE, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

9
Little Green Apples (Remastered Version)
00:03:58

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Bobby Russell, Writer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

10
Wichita Lineman (Remastered Version)
00:02:50

Tony Joe White, Performance, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jimmy Webb, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Monument Records

11
The Look of Love (Remastered Version)
00:03:18

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - Burt Bacharach, Writer - Hal David, Writer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

12
Willie and Laura Mae Jones (Alternate Version)
00:03:50

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ, Piano - Norbert Putnam, Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1968 Monument Records

13
I Protest (Remastered Version)
00:03:07

Tony Joe White, Vocals, MainArtist - Wayne Carson, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1968 Monument Records

14
A Man Can Only Stand Just so Much Pain (Remastered Version)
00:02:31

Tony Joe White, Vocals, MainArtist - Mickey Newbury, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1968 Monument Records

15
Toil & Trouble (Early Version)
00:03:47

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

16
Georgia Pines (Remastered Version)
00:02:54

BUDDY BUIE, Writer - Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - John Adkins, Writer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Keyboards - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Ray Stevens, Producer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1966 Warner Records Inc.

17
It's Not What You Got
00:03:09

Tony Joe White, Vocals, MainArtist - Unknown, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

18
Prison Song
00:02:18

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

19
Hung up on You
00:02:20

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

20
Ten More Miles to Louisiana (Remastered Version)
00:02:24

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Keyboards - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Ray Stevens, Producer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

21
Let the Party Roll On
00:02:29

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

22
Watching the Trains Go By (Alternate Version)
00:02:45

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer - Wallace Pennington, Writer - Dewey Oldham, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

23
Georgia Pines (Alternate Version)
00:02:56

BUDDY BUIE, Writer - Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - John Adkins, Writer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Chip Young, Guitar - DAVID BRIGGS, Keyboards - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Ray Stevens, Producer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

24
Baby Please Don't Go
00:04:25

Tony Joe White, Vocals, MainArtist - Joe Williams, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

DISQUE 2

1
Elements and Things (Remastered Version)
00:05:12

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

2
Roosevelt and Ira Lee (Night of the Mossacin) (Remastered Version)
00:03:05

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

3
Woodpecker (Remastered Version)
00:02:42

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

4
Rainy Night in Georgia (Remastered Version)
00:03:38

Tony Joe White, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

5
For Le Ann (Remastered Version)
00:03:21

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

6
Old Man Willis (Remastered Version)
00:03:10

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

7
Woman with Soul (Remastered Version)
00:03:16

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

8
I Want You (Remastered Version)
00:05:19

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

9
I Thought I Knew You Well (Remastered Version)
00:04:15

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

10
The Migrant (Remastered Version)
00:03:28

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

11
Watching the Trains Go By (Single Version; Remastered)
00:03:05

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer - Wallace Pennington, Writer - Dewey Oldham, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

12
Old Man Willis (Single Version; Remastered Version)
00:03:09

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger - Bob Beckham, Contributor - James Milhart, Drums - Mort Thomasson, Engineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, Engineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

13
Funky Fingers
00:04:12

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

14
Soul Britches
00:05:00

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

15
Dusty Marshmallow (Version 1)
00:03:08

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

16
Toil & Trouble (Later Version)
00:05:52

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

17
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
00:03:39

Tony Joe White, Performance, MainArtist - Vernon Bullock, Writer - BERGEN WHITE, String Arranger - Johnny Bristol, Writer - HARVEY FUQUA, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

18
This Guy's in Love with You
00:02:53

Tony Joe White, Vocals, MainArtist - Burt Bacharach, Writer - Hal David, Writer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

19
Woodpecker (Alternate Version)
00:02:41

Tony Joe White, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - BERGEN WHITE, Arranger

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

20
Laying out All Night
00:01:59

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

21
I Want Your Sweet Love
00:02:20

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

22
Keep a Movin' Train
00:02:36

Tony Joe White, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

DISQUE 3

1
Stud Spider (Remastered Version)
00:05:39

Tony Joe White, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - Jerry Carrigan, Drums - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, RecordingEngineer - BERGEN WHITE, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DAVID BRIGGS, Organ - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Mort Thomasson, RemixingEngineer - Tommy Strong, RemixingEngineer - The Nashville Horns & Strings, Horn, Strings - Roy Shockley, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

2
High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish (Remastered Version)
00:03:53

Tony Joe White, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - AL PACHUCKI, RecordingEngineer - BERGEN WHITE, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn - Norbert Putnam, Bass - Mort Thomasson, RemixingEngineer - Tommy Strong, RemixingEngineer - The Nashville Horns & Strings, Horn, Strings - Roy Shockley, Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

3
Widow Wimberly (Remastered Version)
00:03:41

Tony Joe White, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - BERGEN WHITE, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn - Mort Thomasson, RemixingEngineer - Tommy Strong, RemixingEngineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer - The Nashville Horns & Strings, Horn, Strings

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

4
Conjure Woman (Remastered Version)
00:03:58

Tony Joe White, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Utley, Organ - Billy Swan, Producer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Masterer - BERGEN WHITE, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn - Mort Thomasson, RemixingEngineer - Sammy Creason, Drums - Tommy McClure, Bass - Tommy Strong, RemixingEngineer - Larry Rogers, Engineer - The Nashville Horns & Strings, Horn, Strings

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

Descriptif de l'album

This overstuffed box not only includes all three of Tony Joe White's initial albums for Monument, but adds dozens of extra songs and outtakes, most of which have never been heard before, and includes a fourth disc of previously unreleased live and studio tracks. It's a cornucopia of material, nearly all of it worth hearing, but due to its near obsessive vault clearing, the hefty list price, and its limited-edition status (only 5000 were pressed), it is clearly geared to the obsessive White enthusiast. Even though the singer/songwriter/guitarist was signed to Monument in 1966 (both sides of his rare debut single appear as extras on this set's version of Black and White), his first album was not recorded until 1969. By that time White had pretty much nailed the distinctive and ultimately trademark swamp sound that he mined for the rest of his career. The musky yet melodic songs, evocative lyrics and mid-tempo rhythms married to White's baritone voice reveled in his scrappy Louisiana roots. His first disc kicks off with "Willie and Laura Mae Jones," a steaming slice of the backwoods pop that, like most of his finest work, effortlessly combined blues, country and folk. While others had worked similar territory previously, in particular Bobbie Gentry (her "Ode to Billy Joe" was a major inspiration for White), he infused a rock and R&B sensibility that drove the music with gritty authenticity and his "whomper stomper" wah-wah pedal. Most impressive is the amount of material recorded during the period 1969-1971, the three years covered here. Of these 64 studio tracks and outtakes, all but approximately 20 are originals and most are well worth hearing. Billy Swan remained White's producer throughout these albums, and even though some critics find his strings and horns to be unnecessary embellishments, the sweetening seldom overwhelms the music. White rather reluctantly agrees in his interview available in the informative 36-page book that brings additional value to this compilation. The fourth disc features his entire seven-song performance at 1970s Isle of Wight concert. White is joined by Jeff Beck's drummer Cozy Powell, who he had first met earlier that day, and the duo burn through a sizzling set highlighted by a six-minute version of his biggest hit, "Polk Salad Annie." The compilers also unearth a previously unreleased, solo, ten track studio session recorded in Paris in March of 1969 where White covers Gentry's "Mississippi Delta" along with Bob Dylan, Don Covay and Joe Tex, along with a few originals. Not quite essential, it's still more than worthwhile and fans will enjoy experiencing White in his most stripped down format. It's a fitting coda for a long overdue and neatly packaged appreciation of Tony Joe White's significant influence on American roots music.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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