Album Details

Warner Bros.
Pop/Rock, Country-Rock, Soul, Country-Pop, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Pop-Soul

Album Review

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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Polk Salad Annie
  2. Soul Francisco
  3. Willie and Laura Mae Jones
  4. Rainy Night in Georgia
  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