Have You Heard This Story??

Have You Heard This Story??

by Swamp DoggSwamp Dogg

CD(Dutch Import)

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Overview

In 1975, disco was starting to take over the charts, and perhaps in hope that he might just sell a few records for a change, Jerry Williams (aka Swamp Dogg) kicked off his fifth album, Have You Heard This Story??, with a potent and funky dance groove called "The Mind Does the Dancing While the Body Pulls the Strings" that would have inspired plenty of booty-shaking if the lyrics hadn't been so weird -- which means we're talking about a fairly typical Swamp Dogg album. This time out, Williams delivers a super-sized portion of solid funk and soul with an equal share of eccentric philosophizing on the side as he discusses Jesus before He became a media phenomenon ("When He Was No One"), comes home to find his wife cheating on him with another woman ("Did I Come Back Too Soon [Or Stay Away Too Long]"), shares his experiences with an incompetent physician ("Dr. MLG [JA]"), and laments the sad state of our culture and our nation ("Chewed Up Grass" and "God Ain't Blessing America"). Swamp Dogg's experience as a studio hand is clearly evident; these songs are rooted in tough, sinewy rhythm beds that keep one foot on the dancefloor even as the lyrics head off into the twilight zone, and "I Want a Lifetime of Loving You" and "I Wouldn't Leave Here to Go to Heaven" demonstrate the man could write a straightforward R&B tune when he was of a mind. But as great as the music is, it's Williams' weird but wise broadsides on the world around him that set him apart, and if you've got a taste for his ranting, this will slake your thirst.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2020
Label: Music On Cd
UPC: 0600753650561
catalogNumber: 5365056
Rank: 69367

Tracks

  1. The Mind Does the Dancing While the Body Pulls the Strings
  2. Dr. M.L.G. (J.A.)
  3. Chewed up Grass
  4. My Hang-Ups Ain't Hung up No More
  5. Did I Come Back Too Soon (Or Stay Away Too Long)
  6. I Wanna Lifetime of Loving You
  7. When He Was No One
  8. I Wouldn't Leave Here to Go to Heaven
  9. God Ain't Blessing America

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Swamp Dogg   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Travis Wammack   Guitar,Harmonica
David Earle Johnson   Human Whistle
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Ronnie Eades   Saxophone,Baritone
Jimmy "BeBop" Evans   Drums,Tambourine
Stacy Goss   Trumpet,Horn
Lenny LeBlanc   Bass
Randy McCormick   Organ,Keyboards
Charles Rose   Trombone
Harvey Thompson   Flute,Wind
Audie Watkins   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Tambourine
Travis Wommack   Guitar,Harmonica
Dave Johnson   Wind

Technical Credits

Troy Davis   Composer
Swamp Dogg   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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