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Tony Joe White live ’71, bisher unveröffentlicht


Rhino bringt am Ende des Monats ein Album mit bisher unveröffentlichten Live-Aufnahmen von Tony Joe White heraus: “That On The Road Look”. Wenig ist bekannt über die Aufnahmen, über deren Existenz schon länger gemunkelt wurde, außer das Jahr und die Besetzuung: 1971, im Jahr der Veröffentlichung des ersten Albums auf Warner. Tony Joe White spielt mit seinem langjährigen Schlagzeuger Sammy Creason, Michael Utley an den Tasten und dem legendären Donald “Duck” Dunn am Bass. In der Setlist eine 10 Minuten Version von “Polk Salad Annie”, außerdem “Willie And Laura Mae Jones”, “Roosevelt And Ira Lee” und eine Coverversion des T-Bone Walker Stücks “Stormy Monday”. Kommt am 28.08. raus.

Before his song “Polk Salad Annie” went Top 10 in 1969, Tony Joe White learned to how to put on a good show as a survival skill while paying his dues in some of Texas and Louisiana’s roughest honky-tonks. His hit led to a U.S. tour where unsuspecting audiences were mesmerized by the guitarist’s fiery performances and his frenzied command of the whomper stomper (aka wah-wah pedal).

Writing in the album’s liner notes, Ben Vaughn says: “What we have here is Exhibit A, proof that the self-named Swamp Fox was a bona fide barnstormer. Or barnburner. Or both. When you cue up this disc, Tony Joe and his three-piece band are already in fourth gear. Later for that lazy, laid-back vibe. What we have here is a sense of purpose.”

As for the origin of the album, White believes it could have been recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London during a tour opening for Creedence Clearwater Revival. White recalls the tour vividly in the liner notes: “Creedence tried to burn us down and we tried to burn them down, ’cause they were goin’ around, ‘Swamp this and swamp that,’ and ol’ Duck and me was real tight—we were fishin’ buddies and we got talkin’ one night, and he told ’em, ‘You know, Fogerty, there ain’t no alligators in Berkeley.’ From then on, it was war every night onstage.”

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