Tony Joe White The Best of Tony Joe White
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- Released: September 14, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
- 1.Polk Salad Annie
- 2.Soul Francisco
- 3.Willie And Laura Mae Jones
- 4.Rainy Night In Georgia
- 5.Roosevelt And Ira Lee
- 6.Stockholm Blues
- 7.High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parish
- 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
Personnel includes: Tony Joe White (vocals).
Personnel: Tony Joe White (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Andrew Love (tenor, tenor saxophone); Louis Collins (tenor); Reggie Young (guitar); Tippy Armstrong (acoustic guitar); Roger Hawkins (harp, drums, cowbells, Jew's harp, maracas); Charles Chalmers (saxophone, background vocals); Lou Collins (tenor saxophone); James Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Roger Hopps, Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Barry Beckett (piano, Clavinet, organ); David Briggs (piano, organ, keyboards); Ronnie Barron (electric piano, organ, vibraphone, congas); Mike Utley (organ); James Milhart, Kenny Malone, Sammy Creason, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Donna Rhodes, George Soul‚, Sandy Rhoads, Jerry Masters, Sandra Rhodes, Terry Woodford, Tom Dowd (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Robert K. Oermann.
Unknown Contributor Role: Nashville Horns.
Arrangers: Tom Dowd; Bergen White.
Twenty tracks from 1969-1973, the period of Tony Joe White's greatest success, including "Polk Salad Annie" and White's own version of his composition "Rainy Night in Georgia." Most of this is quality swamp rock with pop-soul-conscious production; on cuts like "High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish," it sounds very much like he was trying to achieve a groove in the mold of Bobbie Joe Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." Sometimes he gets real down-home in a stomping backwoods blues style that makes him sound a little like a White counterpart to John Lee Hooker, as on "Stockholm Blues." If there's any criticism to be levied against this music, it's in its occasional lack of variety, White mining staple swamp rock boogie riffs for all they're worth. However, few, if any, performers and writers were as skilled as White in doing so, and he has a fine knack for sharp storytelling lyrics. ~ Richie Unterberger
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