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Swamp Dogg

Cuffed, Collared And Tagged

After the lunatic onetwo punch of 1970's 'Total Destruction to Your Mind' and 1971's 'Rat On' Swamp Dogg aimed for something a bit more earthbound with his third LP 1972's 'Cuffed Collared and Tagged' which opens and closes with a pair of contemporary covers and even finds the artist otherwise known as Jerry Williams tackling the Beatles' 'Lady Madonna' But if this is a somewhat less crazed mixture of RampB funk rock and roll and Swamp Dogg's own trademark world view it's still clearly his work especially on the wiggedout Sly Stone parody tribute 'If It Hadn't Been for Sly' and the streamofconsciousness wordplay of 'Complication 5' Swamp Dogg's love of home truths fuel 'You Say You Trust Your Mother' he's his own kind of love man on 'Captain of Your Ship' and 'Knowing I'm Pleasing Me and You' he calls out his cheating woman on 'Your Last Dirty Trick' and he offers a look into the side streets of his own mind on 'My Resume' This being a product of the era when Swamp Dogg could command a decent recording budget 'Cuffed Collared and Tagged' is filled with soulsatisfying Southern soul grooves performed by a killer studio band complete with wailing organ lines and a swaggering horn section that bring Swamp Dogg's tales to funky life And the covers offer a reminder of what an amazing vocalist Williams was in his prime his outstanding version of John Prine's 'Sam Stone' cuts to the core of the song's bitter tale of a drugaddicted Vietnam vet and the eightminute take of Joe South's 'Don't It Make You Want to Go Home' is emotionally vivid and straight from the heart This isn't one of Swamp Dogg's crazier albums but if you want to hear the Mad Genius of Soul deliver some gradeA jams this is just what you need.

  • 1. Sam Stone
    2. Complication #5
    3. Lady Madonna
    4. You Say You Trust Your Mother
    5. If It Hadn't Been For Sly
    6. Your Last Dirty Trick
    7. Knowing I'm Pleasing Me And You
    8. In My Resume
    9. Captain of your Ship
    10. Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home

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