PART OF SWAMP DOGG'S SOUL & BLUES COLLECTION
RE-RELEASED ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ITS ORIGINAL RELEASE
Rare 1970 blues/R&B album produced by Swamp Dogg in Alabama. Features original liner notes by BB King.
Over the years I have listened to many records and albums of many types of music. As
a disc jockey I played many different kinds of sounds, but I guess as an entertainer I
pull a little harder for the blues performers because I want them to be heard, played
and respected as much as other music is; that is, when it merits it. Lightning Slim’s
new album I think merits all the qualities that a great artist and a hit album should
It’s some great sounds. This is my opinion.
LINER NOTES BY SWAMP DOGG
After chasing B.B., around the globe for six months, the above doesn’t give me any insight as to how he feels about the recording or the artist. He’s a championship skater when it comes to saying nothing about a motherfucker.
After meeting with Sid Seidenberg, his deceased manager, I had to step out of the picture and let my wife (now deceased) Yvonne take over. She was a master when it came to detecting bullshit in any situation. Anyway, he finally wrote these watery liners after Yvonne went up to his penthouse suite in a ten star, New Orleans hotel; the Rosemont or some shit that had to do with a Mont. I went back to the Ramada, after thinking about leaving my wife with a famous multi-millionaire blues singer. I said to myself, “fuck these liners, I’m going up there”. I knocked on the door like a gentleman with my .38 in my shoulder bag. An attendant
opened the door and the place was laid out with all kinds of champagne, finger sandwich shit, wines, food, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t blame him if his goal was what I thought. I just intended to foil the plot, and if Yvonne’s hair and clothes were disheveled, I was going to do some damage to both, and maybe (?), jump out the window. Nooooo, fuck that! Upon my entrance and being introduced to him by my wife, he offered me a drink and commenced to write the above notes that could apply to any blues singer.
I’ve produced and written for some great artists in my life and Lightning Slim is in my top ten. He didn’t have to be coddled, nursed, etc. He learned the songs and got down to business. He only gave me three days to record him because he wanted to get back to Pontiac, Michigan to get back to his job at a lock factory. This album is as good as most blues albums and better than most. It has the Muscle Shoals, Alabama A-team rhythm section and the horn section that David Johnson (owner / engineer of Broadway Sound) and I assembled, which later became the Muscle Shoals horns. I‘ll speculate that if Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, George Benson, Albert King and Freddy King ever heard this blues album, they would rate Lightning’s great delivery, song writing and innovative swamp guitar style in their top ten of authentic blues men. – Swamp Dogg
The energy and power of his performances disguise any fade his star may have been feeling. Produced by Jerry ‘Swamp Dogg’ Williams, this is dirty, down-home and mercifully free of many unwelcome trapping adopted by the likes of Muddy Waters in the early 70s. – Record Collector (***)
Slim commands the studio, the intensity of his performances bearing witness to a life of hardship but also a resilient belief in restorative blues power. – The Blues Magazine (8/10)
He (Lightnin’ Slim) had jukebox hits all over the South for many years, and when he ventured over to the Muscle Shoals area in Alabama to record these tracks he likely thought he, like George Jefferson, was movin’ on up.
And in a way he was, but not so much that we can’t still smell the grease of yesterday’s fried chicken all over these songs. That’s because you can take Lightnin’ Slim out of Louisiana but you can’t take Louisiana out of LIghtnin’ Slim. One spin of "Rooster Blues" or "Goodmorning Heartaches" and there’s no mistaking one of the real architects of swamp pop. Which begs the question: where does the "pop" come in, because this is thankfully more gutbucket blues than anything resembling popular music. Turns out Swamp Dogg was most definitely barking up the right tree. – The Morton Report
A terrific blues record that’s right at home alongside my Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Robert Johnson records. – The Record Changer
An album that shows Lightnin’ Slim to be worthy of a place alongside the real blues giants of the era. – Mudkiss Fanzine