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Tony Joe WhiteAudio CD
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“I’ve had unbelievable, beautiful freedom with the music for the last several years…” reflects Tony Joe White as a grainy dusk settles. Just entering his seventh decade, White spends his days off the road coaxing inspiration from his surroundings. Not one to write songs on command, they seem to find him—usually when he’s out on his property, a quiet couple ... Read more in Amazon's Tony Joe White Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002MKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Polk Salad Annie
2. Soul Francisco
3. Willie And Laura Mae Jones
4. Rainy Night In Geogia
5. Roosevelt And Ira Lee (Night Of The Mossacin)
6. Stockholm Blues
7. High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parrish
8. Old Man Willis
9. The Train I'm On
10. If I Ever Saw A Good Thing
11. As The Crow Flies
12. Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll
13. Backwoods Preacher Man
14. Takin' The Midnight Train
15. Did Somebody Make A Fool Out Of You
16. They Caught The Devil And Put Him In Jail In Eudora, Arkansas
17. Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana
18. I've Got A Thing About You Baby
19. For Ol' Times Sake
20. Ol' Mother Earth

Editorial Reviews

Known to friends and fans as "The Swamp Fox," this "whomper-stomper" guitarist from the Bayou finally garners some Stateside attention (he's huge in Europe) with this 20-track compilation of his Monument and Warner Bros. sides. Rainy Night in Georgia is his; other songs include Polk Salad Annie; Ol' Mother Earth , and Soul Francisco.

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real swamp rock April 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Back in 1969 I was working a summer job, unloading freight trains in Chicago. We had all kinds of guys there--young white city boys, chicanos, older black men from waaayyy far south, hillbillies from West Virginia, middle-aged foremen who thought music began and ended with Frank Sinatra. No radios were allowed, because we couldn't tolerate each others' musical tastes. Until Tony Joe White came out with Polk Salad Annie. Everyone dug that darkly cool, gruff voice...and that funky guitar hook! Tony Joe crossed over from the r&b side (back when r&b came from the heart, not the synthesizer)and had a huge hit. A lot of folks had success with covers of his tunes at that time. Brook Benton scored big with Rainy Night in Ga., and Dusty Springfield did Willie and Laura Mae Jones. Both were really good, but Tony Joe does 'em better. Tom Jones and Elvis both did Polk Salad Annie(kind of a homage to TJW from the lounge lizard kings), but it was no contest. This is a great collection of material, done in that "womper stomper" guitar style by the swamp fox hisself--you'll like it.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just shake my head! July 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I just shake my head when I play this cd.Because I cant understand why this man has not been celebrated by the music industry. every song effects me emotionally.This is one of the few singer/songwriters left in the world that can simply do no wrong.It doesn't matter what your musical taste is, if you have any taste, buy this album and you wont be sorry.If you dont buy this album, because of bad record promotions you won't know what Im talkin about and your musical soul will ache for eternity.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music ! December 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I never heard of Tony Joe White until Tina Turner recorded 4 of his songs in 1989. Two years later he was all over european radio with a great album called Closer to the truth. After that he has recorded some more albums which seem only available in Europe. I liked those records so much that I decided to try his much older material and I must say that this is a great collection of his music before the eighties. A must in every decent music collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Joe White: Rock's Great Unsung Hero July 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Warner Archives has done an excellent job surveying the early years of this great unsung hero of modern music. White is truly an underrated musical genius who's down-home swampy soul and blues transports the listener to the heart of the deep South. Having written such well-defined rock and soul classics as "Polk Salad Annie", "Rainy Night In Georgia" and "Willie & Laura Mae Jones" to name a few, White has forged a name for himself primarily as an excellent songwriter. But he is little known and underappreciated as a great singer and performer whose deep, soulful voice and passionate style have endeared him to a large cult following the world over. I highly recommend this fabulous collection from a true American original.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful Southern Country Blues September 10, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Tony Joe has one of the best country blues voices ever recorded. He also plays a nasty guitar and throws in tasty harp solos. I have no idea how the world missed out on this one-of-a kind musical genious. I bought this album from "Polk Salad Annie" popularity and got more than I expected. My favorite pick of the decade ! Wonderful honest writing, goodtime soulful performances. Buy it and fall in love with it !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Joe White is the Man. February 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of fine songs and performances from a truly great artist. Tony Joe White can put a soulful mood on you faster and longer than anyone in the record business. His swamp music is different and it's alive and it sticks all over you. He is the man. Be forewarned: After listening to this CD (and you will, over and over), you will want more of the Swamp Fox.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GREAT ALBUM BY A MASTER!!! May 7, 2007
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From the moment I first heard "Polk Salad Annie", back in the late '60s, I became a Tony Joe White fan. It was really refreshing to hear a fellow Southerner playing a style of music that was unique to my part of the world. Tony had real "Soul" without trying to be a Black wannabe. There were always elements of Country and Funk in his style but he combined them in an original way that others would only weakly imitate later. Sadly, after a couple of hits, he seemed to disappear and, frankly, I even forgot what his name was. Then, a few weeks ago someone mentioned him as an influence and it was like "Oh yeah: I remember him. He was cool!" So, I ordered this album and my Yankee wife and I listened to it for the first time in my truck while we were making the weekly run into town to buy groceries and other supplies. My wife is too young to remember "Polk Salad Annie" but the minute it came on, man, her head was bobbing and she got a big grin on her face...and she kept grinning and bobbing through the whole album! I had never heard most of the tunes in this collection but I wasn't disappointed by a single one! What's amazing about Mr. White is that, while he writes, sings, plays the the guitar and harmonica adequately, he is not a virtuoso on any of them. Yet, when you take the sum total of one of his performances, he is really, really great!

I guess the big surprise for me was "Ol' Mother Earth"! Who would have thought that an ol' Southern Boy would have written such a sensitive pro-environment tune. I must admit that it made my throat thicken up a little. Another extra good one was "Willy And Laura May Jones": social commentary at its finest!

This is a great introductory album for those who are unfamiliar with Tony Joe's work...
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