Delta Swamp Rock: Sounds From The South (Compilation CD)

Yet again Soul Jazz Records have delivered a stunning compilation album.  This time they chronicle the Southern Rock sound that emerged from the studios in Muscle Shoals, Memphis and Nashville in the 60s/70s.  It comes as a beautiful double CD package, complete with a mini book (The word booklet doesn’t do it justice) featuring essays on the scene, histories of the bands and even musical maps of the bands origins.

Standout cuts include Big Star’s wistful ‘Thirteen’ and Tony Joe White’s sexy ‘Polk Salad Annie’ (Famously covered by Elvis). But my highlight has to be hearing the full version of Area Code 615’s ‘Stone Fox Chase’.  Everyone will know the Harmonica intro because it was the theme tune of ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ but at the point that that excerpt faded out, it changes into a straight-up breakbeat classic that I’ve been listening to on a loop all weak.  You’d swear some young Hip-Hop wiz-kid had just released it on a cutting edge Indie label rather than it being a 40-year-old cut.

Big Star – Thirteen mp3

Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie mp3

Area Code 615 – Stone Fox Chase mp3


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One Comment to “Delta Swamp Rock: Sounds From The South (Compilation CD)”

  1. It’s great to see the original Delta Queen, Bobbie Gentry, finally getting her due on this great album. Her 1967 ‘Mississiippi Delta’ is a starting point for Southern Rock and her raspy,weedy voice churns butter in a recording studio. This gal had a fully loaded creative arsonal. Rock, blues, country – the range is breathtaking. She was a true pioneer, writing,producing and publishing her own glorious songs in the 60’s, a couple years before Joni Mitchell was even on the scene.

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