TONY JOE WHITE – Voodoo Village [Surfadelic Collection]

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”They say your village lies
In the western part of town
And that evil spirits are lurking all around
But I’m not scared of you
For evil can be found
Looking almost anywhere not just in voodoo town…”

”Tony Joe White is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his 1969 hit “Polk Salad Annie” and for “Rainy Night in Georgia”, which he wrote but was first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. Dusty Springfield reached the charts with White’s “Willie and Laura Mae Jones”. He also wrote “Steamy Windows” and “Undercover Agent for the Blues”, both hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner’s producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who is a friend of White. “Polk Salad Annie” was also recorded by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.” [wiki]

This is a Surfadelic tribute to favorite swamp rock maestro from bayous of Oak Grove, Louisiana. With powerful Elvis like baritone voise and wyld wah-wah guitar playin’, Tony made his own brand of voodoo/funky/soul music. Just check out tunes as Stud Spider, Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll, Don’t Steal My Love, Elements And Things, Soul Francisco or Voodoo Village and you’ll know what I’m talking about. He also did some great covers of Reddings ‘‘Hard To Handle”, Dale Hawkin’s ”Susie Q” and Johnnie Taylor’s ”Who’s Making Love”. This collection covers White’s recordings from 1968 to 1976 for Monument and Warner Bros. records. Surfadelic got soul! Dig!!!


”Down in Louisiana, where the alligators grow so mean
There lived a girl, that I swear to the world
Made the alligators look tame…”
[Polk salad Annie]

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10 thoughts on “TONY JOE WHITE – Voodoo Village [Surfadelic Collection]

  1. Love your self-made comps! They’re always well curated and put together thoughtfully…and with quality artwork that’s not just slopped together. They seem like they could’ve been (should’ve been!) actual releases. Keep up the good work!

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    • Thanx for your kind comment, glad you dig the stuff. I really enjoy making comps of my favorite artists, those that deserves bigger acclaim, and because I’m not satisfied with official collections. As you know they often miss something so there’s a need for a Surfadelic treatment 😉 Glad you like the artwork and yeah, it would be real cool to have it as official release. All the best, cheers!


  2. Thank you for the great compilation of a special artist. I thought you might enjoy my Tony Joe story.
    We went to see Tony Joe White at a small club on Music Row in Nashville, ca. 1998-2000
    He was doing one of his moody, atmospheric, swamp rock songs and singing about the swamp at night, dark and spooky, and he had a line about the screech of the owl when about a minute later there was a loud sound of feedback and Tony Joe jumped back from the mike and exclaimed, “Whoa, what was that?” and I yelled out “The screech of the owl”. He started laughing so hard that he had trouble getting the song started again.
    After the show I waited with all my Tony Joe LPs to get an autograph and was invited back to the dressing room. I asked him to look through them and pick out a favorite or two to sign and he was amazed at all that I had. He even called his manager over and said “Look at this, I don’t even have a copy of that one!”

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