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The second volume of Jerry Williams’ comprehensive career retrospective The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg collects two of Williams’ finest early ‘70s albums, the relatively slick Cuffed, Collared and Tagged and 1973’s independently released, and subsequently achingly obscure Gag A Maggot. Cuffed, Collared & Tagged found Williams and his usual studio accomplices recording at Muscle Shoals and Philadelphia’s famed Regnet Studios. Unsurprisingly the ambience of these legendary venues had little effect on Swamp Dogg’s powerful musical personality, and Cuffed, Collared and Tagged bears more resemblance to down-home Swamp Dogg efforts like Rat On than it does to the work of Muscle Shoals regulars like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. Gag A Maggot features some of Williams’ finest songwriting, including the bitter “Choking To Death on The Ties That Bind” and the bawdy “I Couldn’t Pay For What I Got Last Night.”

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***** for gag a maggot *** for Cuffed, collared...

Classic Swamp Dogg has finally come to Itunes! Many people will go to Vol1 which includes Swamp Doggs first classic album Total Destruction to Your Mind. However, I prefer Vol. 2 which includes what I believe is his best Album "Gag A Maggot". From the hilarious "wifesitter" to the almost as outrageous "I couldn't pay for what I got last night" to more straight forward fare like Mighty, Mighty Dollar Bill." Gag A Maggot has Swamp Doggs most intense performances and his tightest band which includes Little Beaver on guitar. Coughed, Collared can only suffer by comparison but he has some great tracks. The Dogg's version of "Sam Stone" cuts John Prine's. Complicaton #5 is a moving post nuclear last man on earth song. There are some good tracks here but nothing can top Gag a Maggot. Any soul fans who think they've heard it all but haven't heard this yet are in for a treat.


Born: July 12, 1942 in Portsmouth, VA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

Raunchy, satirical, political, and profane, Swamp Dogg is one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music. The creation of Jerry Williams, Jr., an R&B producer and songwriter of the '60s, Swamp Dogg fit no tidy category. In sheer musical terms, Swamp Dogg is pure Southern soul, anchored on tight grooves and accentuated by horns, but the Dogg is as much about message as music. Williams incorporated all the mind-bending psychedelic ideas of '60s counterculture -- drugs, sex, radical politics,...
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