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Thursday, April 18, 2013

SWAMP DOGG'S "GAG A MAGGOTT" & IRMA THOMAS' "IN BETWEEN TEARS" OUT MAY 14TH ON ALIVE RECORDS!

 
 
SOUL LEGEND SWAMP DOGG TO RE-RELEASE NEWLY REMASTERED VERSIONS OF HIS 1973 GAG A MAGGOTT LP & IRMA THOMAS' SWAMP-PRODUCED SOUL CLASSIC IN BETWEEN TEARS ON MAY 14TH!
 
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VINYL SINCE THEIR ORIGINAL RELEASES IN 1973! (THROUGH ALIVE NATURALSOUND RECORDS)
 
CD & DIGITAL VERSIONS INCLUDE TWO BONUS TRACKS EACH!
 
 

 
"A lost classic that captures deep soul at its most poignant and resonant, couching Thomas' deeply affecting vocals in earthy arrangements that emphasize the singer's gospel roots." - AMG

Produced by legendary soul singer / songwriter / producer Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg, and featuring Duane Allman on two songs, Irma Thomas' In Between Tears is finally back on vinyl with its original cover for the first time since 1973. The CD and digital versions include the Canyon single ("We Won’t Be In Your Way Anymore" / "I’ll Do It All Over You") as bonus tracks. The CD also includes newly penned liner notes by Swamp Dogg.
In Between Tears will be available in all formats on May 14th. Color vinyl exclusive to Bomp-mailorder.
 
IN BETWEEN TEARS TRACK LISTING:
1.  In Between Tears
2.  She'll Never Be Your Wife
3.  These Four Walls
4.  Whats So Wrong With You Loving Me
5.  You're The Dog (I Do The Barking Myself)
6.  Medley: Coming From Behind (Monologue)
7.  Wish Someone Would Care
8.  Turn My World Around
9.  We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore (
CD & digital bonus track)
10.  I'll Do It All Over You (
CD & digital bonus track)

 

 
Re-released for the first time on vinyl since its original release in 1973!

"Ivan Olander’s drums, Little Beaver’s guitar, even the horns of the Swamp Dogg Band maintain a fierce momentum that’s not conventional at all.” – Robert Christgau (Dean Of American Rock Critics)

Swamp Dogg's Gag A Maggot was recorded at TK in Miami with an all-star cast. The CD and digital versions feature two unreleased bonus tracks recorded live at KSAN radio in 1972 ("Mamas Baby, Daddy’s Maybe" and "Honky Tonk Woman"). The CD booklet also includes new liner notes and rare photos. The song "Choking To Death (From The Ties That Bind)" was recorded by Canned Heat in 1974. Gag A Maggott will be available in all formats on May 14th. Color vinyl exclusive to Bomp-mailorder.

GAG A MAGGOTT TRACK LISTING:
1.  Wife Sitter
2. Choking To Death (From The Ties That Bind)
3.  I Couldn't Pay For What I Got Last Night
4.  Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill
5.  Midnight Hour
6.  Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye
7.  T T
8.  Why Must We Fall (When We Fall In Love)
9.  Plastered To The Wall (Higher Than The Ceiling)
10.  Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe (Live) (CD & digital bonus track)
11.  Honky Tonk Woman (Live) (CD & digital bonus track)

     

The REMASTERED versions of Swamp Dogg's Total Destruction To Your Mind & Rat On! are available digitally today through iTunes (click on the two album images above to order through iTunes):
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT SWAMP DOGG'S RECENTLY RE-ISSUED & REMASTERED VERSIONS OF HIS EARLY '70S SOUL CLASSICS TOTAL DESTRUCTION TO YOUR MIND & RAT ON!:

FOUR STARS! A Lost Bayou-Funk Treasure. - ROLLING STONE

 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

Swamp Dogg's Total Destruction To Your Mind and Rat On! are red hot platters of burning Southern Soul. - BLURT

FOUR STARS! The first two albums from Jerry William's non-conformist country-soul alter ego, finally remastered…. A new soul superhero for Underground America. - MOJO

Two astonishing albums. Combining Solomon Burke showmanship with Joe Tex's choleric testifying, Total Destruction To Your Mind made it clear - Dogg was a revolutionary creation, responding to the freedom of black music's new era. - UNCUT

A brilliant, prolific soul auteur. - NASHVILLE SCENE

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

Gonzo soul classics - AQUARIUM DRUNKARD

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

An acid-fueled R&B visionary, - SOUL SAUCE

Punk-rock in spirit years before punk. – THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN

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 attract a new audience. - BLOGCRITICS

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

His 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

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 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
 
FOR MORE INFO ON SWAMP DOGG:

FOR MORE INFO ON IRMA THOMAS:
http://www.irmathomas.com

FOR MORE INFO ON ALIVE RECORDS:
http://www.alive-totalenergy.com

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