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As Linda Ronstadt's backing band through the early '70s, Swampwater cut a couple of justly revered albums, clashing their love of Louisiana with a distinctly Byrdsian country edge, before breaking up in 1972. The bandmembers nevertheless continued orbiting one another as they sessioned for the stars and, in 1979, founders John Beland, Gib Guilbeau, and Thad Maxwell, plus drummer Mickey McGee, reconvened for a Swampwater reunion at L.A.'s Criterion studio. Unreleased for close to a decade, the sensibly titled Reunion finally surfaced on the Italian label Appaloosa in 1987; 16 years on, it reappeared via Akarma, a testament to both the group's seemingly impermeable European following, and the timelessness of their sound. Without ever truly tackling the brilliance of the original group's recordings, Reunion is a tight blending of all the elements that rendered the likes of "Nashville Lady," "Louisiana Woman," and "Take a City Bride" such gems — "Middle of Midnight" is an aptly named curtain raiser on an album that charges through a dozen characteristic country rockers, and peaks time and again. Bobby Fuller's "Let Her Dance" is an early standout; "Return of the Lonesome Fugitive" and "Lovin' on the Fault Line" are highlights, too. Concluding the album, meanwhile, bonus tracks "You" and "Cheatin' Kind of Love" are drawn from the half dozen or so outtakes recorded during the sessions (and previously appeared on the Flying Burrito Brothers' Hollywood Nights album.


Formé(s) : 1969

Genre : Rock

Années d’activité : '60s, '70s

Outside of Europe, where their music found a serious following, Swampwater remains best remembered as Linda Ronstadt's late-'60s backing group, her first post-Stone Poneys band. Formed by John Beland (guitar, dobro, piano), Gib Gilbeau (fiddle, guitar), Stan Pratt (drums), and Eric White (bass) — Clarence's brother, and an ex-member of the Kentucky Colonels — in 1969, Swampwater specialized in a then unique Louisiana-based style of rock & roll. White left the lineup after their first...
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