Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Johnny Jenkins - Ton Ton Macoute! (1970 us, amazing southern blues funky with country folk psych traces, feat Duane Allman, HDCD remaster)

Raised in rural Georgia, Johnny Jenkins was a hard-driving guitarist with a bellowing voice who played with a young Otis Redding in a blues group called the Pinetoppers. Jenkins' raw, firebrand vocals and enviable guitar-picking gave his solo debut, Ton-Ton Macoute!, a wallop that might've made him a star — if only slide guitarist Duane Allman and several other members of his backing band hadn't left to form the Allman Brothers. In Jenkins' capable hands, Bob Dylan's "Down Along the Cove" and Dr. John's "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" (later sampled by Beck for "Loser") can get even the stiffest legs shakin'
by Reed Fischer

Johnny Jenkins' Ton-Ton Macoute is a fine bowl of Southern gumbo. Aided and abetted by the likes of Duane Allman (this started as an Allman solo disc, but when he formed the Allman Brothers Band, Jenkins put his vocals over the tracks best suited), Dickey Betts, and those great guys from Muscle Shoals, Jenkins cooks on such cuts as "Down Along the Cove" from the pen of Bob Dylan, and Muddy Waters' "Rollin' Stone." But it is Dr. John's "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" which shines here and is the one which folks will recognize as the basis for Beck's hit "Loser." On the slippery "Blind Bats & Swamp Rats" you can almost feel the heat and humidity rolling out of the bayou. This reissue also includes the mighty fine bonus cuts "I Don't Want No Woman" and "My Love Will Never Die." Great Southern funk & roll for the discerning listener. It even includes educational liner notes which tell the tale behind each cut. 
by James Chrispell
1. I Walk On Guilded Splinters (Dr. John) - 5:50
2. Leaving Trunk (Sleepy John Estes) - 4:20
3. Blind Bats And Swamp Rats (Jackie Avery) - 4:45
4. Catfish Blues (Muddy Waters) - 5:20
5. Sick And Tired (Dave Bartholomew, Chris Kenner) - 4:42
6. Down Along The Cove (Bob Dylan) - 3:25
7. Bad News (J.D. Loudermilk) - 4:08
8. Dimples (John Lee Hooker, James Bracken) - 2:56
9. Voodoo In You (Jackie Avery) - 5:05
10.I Don't Want No Woman (Don Robey) - 2:12
11.My Love Will Never Die (Otis Rush) - 5:32

*Johnny Jenkins - Vocals, Guitar , Harmonica, Foot Stomping , Lead Guitar
*Duane Allman - Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Dobro, Rhythm Guitar
*Berry Oakley - Bass
*Jai Johanny Johanson - Timbales
*Butch Trucks - Drums
*Paul Hornsby - Wurlitzer Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Rhythm Guitar
*Eddie Hinton - Cowbell
*Tippy Armstrong - Cabasa
*Pete Carr - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
*Robert Popwell – Bass, Timbales, Shaker , Woodblocks
*Johnny Wyker – Shaker,  Woodblocks
*Jimmy Nalls - Guitar
*Ella Brown - Vocals
*Donna Jean Godchaux – Vocals
*Jeanie Greene - Vocals
*Mary Holliday - Vocals
*Ginger Holliday - Vocals
*Johnny Sandlin - Drums

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