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.