Various Artists, Delta Swamp Rock Volume One, 2011

Compiled By/ Stuart Baker

Label/ Soul Jazz Records

Ich weiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd sind nicht nach jedermanns Geschmack, da die weissen Südstaatler auf ihrer Gratwanderung zwischen Rock’n’Roll, Country und Blues, zwischen Südstaatenflagge, Rebellentum und reaktionärer Schollenverbundenheit in manches politische Fettnäpfchen traten. Den Südstaatenrock der frühen 70er Jahren auf Lynyrd Skynyrd zu reduzieren wäre indessen ein Irrtum:

Losgetreten von der Allman Brothers Band entwickelte sich eine vielfältige Szene, die ihren Ursprung nicht zuletzt in den Soul- und Funkstudios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama hatte – viele Südstaatenrocker begannen ihre Karriere als Sessionmusiker für schwarze Interpreten. Was in den Studios und Radios der Südstaaten längst üblich war, übertrug sich auch in den Südstaatenrock, der immer dort interessant wurde, wenn er möglichst tief in seinen sumpfigen und schwarzen Wurzeln watete.

Diese Bezüge machen die Songs auf „Delta Swamp Rock“ deutlich, und wie bei allen Soul-Jazz-Compilations bringt auch hier der Untertitel auf den Punkt, was das Booklet vertieft: „Sounds from the South: At the Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul“. An diese Kreuzungen führen Joe Souths „Hush“, die wunderbare Bobbie Gentry oder der verblüffende Instrumentaltrack „Stone Fox Chase“.

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    1. Ich finde diese Zusammenstellung sehr gelungen. Man bekommt einen guten Eindruck von der allgemeinen Musiksituation, die in den 70ern Jahren den Southern Rock so berühmt machte.

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  1. Well, the Allman Brothers are one of my favorite groups. I saw them live in ’92 and even without Duane Allman it was probably the best concert I’ve ever seen. Phenomenal musicians. The way they blend Jazz,Country and the Blues so seamlessly, so respectfully, is remarkable. Likewise, I am a fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd and a Southerner too.
    No, I don’t appreciate the flaunting of the southern flag–called the stars and bars. In fact I hate it, but for the members of „Skynyrd“ it was the symbol of Southern musician solidarity. They too respected–revered is a better word–R&B, Soul and especially the Blues. And they too were phenomenal musicians. Ronnie Van Zant was a thoughtful, sensitive, rebellious songwriter who advocated gun control and extolled the racially diverse Muscle Shoals musicians and studios.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback! I came during the 60’s with the British music to the American roots music blues, soul, and country. And I first had to find out in which areas of the U.S. a style of music was played/recorded. My southern rock stereotype then was the Allman Brothers Band (which I unfortunatly never saw live) and Lynryd Skynryd; more the sort of groove-stuff. I think „Delta Swamp Rock“ is a good sampler to get an full image of that great Southern rock scene ot the late ’60s and early/mid-’70s. The warmth, the soul, and the feeling of this music still touches me today.

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      1. Yep, I was also a bit disappointed, when I heard that Dr. John’s famous „Night Tripper“- album was recorded in Los Angeles and not in New Orleans. Anyway, best greetings from the capital of Switzerland.

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  2. When I listen to The Allman Brothers I think they have more of a kinship with the Grateful Dead…just much more intense. That jazz element onstage seperated them from other southern rock bands… Of all the southern bands…the Allmans are the ones I respect the most.

    Where the Allmans had jazz, blues, and soul influences, Lynyrd Skynyrd were built more on Cream and Free’s version of the blues. The Allman Brothers as musicians had few rivals but Lynyrd Skynyrd also had very good musicians. Steve Gaines could have played with anyone. Ronnie Van Zant was a superb songwriter and knew his limitations as a singer and used it well. Listening to Tuesday’s Gone…it’s a song that would not have sounded out of place on a Stones album.

    MCA played up that rebel image too strong and in some cases so did the band and it forever tarnished them.

    I am a Joe South fan also.

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    1. The most famous southern rock bands are certainly Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band. Grandios for me is their album „Live At Fillmore East“. There is not a single tone at this concert, which was played without special meaning, no arrangement that could have done better. My favorite album from Lynyrd Skynyrd is „Nuthin Fancy“. One can also discover southern rock spirit in Little Feat’s „Dixie Chicken“, „Willin'“ and other crazy songs that you find, for example, on „Sailin ‚Shoes“. Yep, I like Joe South too. First heard „Hush“ in the version of Deep Purple. But the original is great also.

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      1. Little Feat is a band that had great musicians also.
        I agree fully with the Fillmore album. That one and Live At Leeds are my two favorite live albums of all time .

        Nuthin‘ Fancy is an interesting choice. I like Railroad Song and Am I Losin‘ off of that album a lot.

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      2. „Am I Losin“ is a beautiful country song. I like it when Ronnie Van Zant tells little stories of freedom and adventure and hearty dealings with women: „In those two things you must take pride, that’s a horse and a woman, yeah, well, both of them you ride.“

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