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Various Artists: Swamp Pop by the Bayou: Troubles, Tears & Trains

Track List

>Train to Nowhere - Gene Dunlap/Roy Perkins - (featuring Jerry Starr/The Clippers)
>Won't You Believe Me - Dale Houston/Roy Perkins
>Blue Eyes - Roy Perkins/Phil Cay
>You Know You Made Me Cry - John Fred/Buddy Lorton
>I Beg of You - Billy Lewis/King Savoy/Rhythm Rockers
>Problems on My Mind - Johnny Jano/Gene Dunlap & the Jokers
>What I Want - Floyd Brown/Larry Hart
>Baby What Can I Do - Frankie Lowery/King Savoy
>Secret of Love Is in My Heart, The - Al "Puddler" Harris/Unknown Rock'n'Roll Band
>Please Forgive Me - Everett Daigle/The Boogie Kings
>Slim Needle - Larry Hart/Warren Storm
>Crazy Baby - Warren Storm/Buck Rogers
>Troubles, Troubles (Troubles on My Mind) - The Boogie Kings/Warren Storm
>(Big Bad) City Police - Dale Houston
>High School Sweethearts - Everett Daigle/Frankie Lowery - (featuring Terry & the Tune Tones)
>Wait a Minute - Al "Puddler" Harris/RNR Band
>Lonely, Lonely Heart - Wiley Jeffers
>Satan in Satin - Johnny Preston
>Hungry and Thirsty - Jimmy Trotter/Buck Rogers
>My Sweet Baby's Gone - Forest Rye/Buck Rogers
>I Can't Live Alone - John Fred/Buck Rogers
>Sweet Lilly - Roy Perkins/John Fred
>Time - Dale Houston/Buddy Lorton
>I'm a Fool to Care - Floyd Brown/Warren Storm
>Shed So Many Tears - Johnny Jano/Jimmy Trotter
>Memories, The - Billy Lewis/Phil Cay
>Sneaking Home - Forest Rye/Jay Richards
>Shirley - Jay Richards/John Fred & the Playboys

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ian Saddler.

Thirteen volumes into Ace's seemingly endless series of R&B, soul, blues, and rock & roll culled from Louisiana and East Texas indies in the '50s and '60s, this is the second specializing in swamp pop. In some ways it bests its predecessor, because compiler/producer Ian Saddler keeps expanding his purview beyond the vaults of J.D. Miller and Huey P. Meaux. Troubles, Tears & Trains also has sides recorded by Joe Ruffino, Murray Nash, Pappy Daily, Eddie Shuler, and other record men, and it also has unreleased sides initially recorded for Mercury, which means this digs very deep into obscure corners of bayou rock & roll. Some of these names are regional stars -- Warren Storm, who had a double-disc compilation released on Ace in 2015, John Fred, Johnny Preston, Dale Houston, and Roy Perkins -- but most of these names are obscure (and one is even unknown), but the selling point is not the acts themselves, but the sound. This stuff simply smokes: these bands kick out a Fats Domino-inspired beat, sometimes sticking pretty close to the rhumba boogie, sometimes turning up the heat and rocking with a sense of abandon. Occasionally, these cuts have a clever hook that help separate the 45 from the pack -- Preston's "Satan in Satin," Houston's "(Big Bad) City Police" -- but even if the side does nothing more than cook, it's still a gas. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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