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Rat on!

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Swamp Dogg's second album, reissued for the very first time on vinyl since its original release in 1971. ''Rat On!'', was ranked as having one of the top ten worst album covers of all time, an achievement that Swamp Dogg is rightfully proud of. Vocally, Swamp Dogg sounds like a cross between General Johnson (of Chairmen of the Board) and Van Morrison; as a songwriter, he's his own man.

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  • Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alive Natural Sound Records
  • ASIN: B00B2TUQUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Luigi Facotti VINE VOICE on March 13, 2013
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Swamp Dogg aka Jerry Williams Jr., one of the more (if not most) creative individuals in 70s soul is still going strong as viewing any of his many enthusiastic and energetic YouTube outings - especially from Europe - will attest. Now in his 70s, the man is a veritable dynamo always outrageous and feisty but an honest individual - from the topics of his songs (take a listen to his 11 min live version "God Bless America for What" on Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg Vol. 2 SDEG #1946Excellent Sides Of Swamp Dogg Vol.2 (Cuffed Collared Tagged and Gassed/Gag a Maggott)) to his musical output. Dogg is responsible for many great songs - on his own and as producer and songwriter for others. Of the latter, his 1970 album with Doris Duke "I'm A Loser" I'm a Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions and More is widely viewed among soul lovers as a masterpiece while his albums on Irma Thomas A Woman's Viewpoint: The Essential 1970s Recordings, Charlie Whitehead Songs To Sing - The Charlie Whitehead Anthology, miscellaneous 45s Blame It on the Dogg - The Swamp Dogg Anthology 1968-78 and his own 45 output ...Read more ›
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Swamp Dogg's newly penned liner notes tell the story of this album's original sessions (under the title of "Right On") at Florida's TK Studios, with a backing band that included Betty Wright, Lonnie Mack, Al Kooper and a label worker (and future disco star) named Harry Wayne "KC" Casey. Apparently the results sounded awesome to the alcohol- and herb-fueled participants, but were not so easy on the ears of anyone else. The resulting tapes were shelved (though a single of the original "Straight From My Heart" was released with a B-side cover of Joe South's "Don't Throw Your Love to the Wind"), and a second run at the album was made at Quinvy Studios in Muscle Shoals. The latter sessions were released on Elektra in 1971 as Rat On! The Quinvy crew featured several legendary musicians, including bassist Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell and guitarist Jesse Willard "Pete" Carr, and Swamp Dogg's soul sound, much like that on his debut, gave the players solid grooves to explore. His songs continued to mix outspoken views on race, sex, religion, war, relationships and social issues, couched in melodies whose sweetness sometimes obscures the deep twists and turns of his lyrics. Listened to in passing, Rat On! offers top-flight `70s southern soul, with deep bass and punchy horns. But listened to more carefully, the album reveals a daring songwriter who wasn't afraid to tell it as he saw it, challenging society's icons of freedom with "God Bless America For What?" and landing himself on Nixon's enemies list. The album features soulful reworkings of the Bee Gees' "Got to Get a Message to You" and Mickey Newbury's "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," and though the original tunes aren't nearly as absurd those on Total Destruction to Your Mind, their messages are just as powerful, and their grooves are just as deep. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2013 Hyperbolium]
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