(2008) The Best Of Swamp Pop Classics

Various Artists

... read moreAs difficult as it is to say exactly what swamp pop is or isn't (a quick try would be to say that it is vocal group-inspired R&B with some Cajun and zydeco elements tossed in, although there are plenty of exceptions to any definition one could make), it is fundamentally a Louisiana and East...

56′:21″ 20 Songs

1
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Walk Of Life
3:32
2
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Tuff
2:58
3
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Lean On Me
2:56
4
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Tell Her One More Time
2:51
5
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Red Red Wine
3:02
6
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Bye Bye Puppy Love
2:03
7
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Good Hearted Man
2:50
8
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Oh Darling
2:21
9
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Help Me Forget Her
2:23
10
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Life Problem
2:16
11
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Running Out Of Fools
3:57
12
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I Will Be Your Jim
2:35
13
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Honky Tonk
3:16
14
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Bye Bye Little Angel
2:15
15
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Can't Stop My Loving You
2:21
16
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Restless Night
2:32
17
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It's Alright
3:40
18
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Loneliest Man In The World
2:39
19
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Keep Your Arms Around Me
2:54
20
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Ensemble Encore
3:00
Released 26 February 2008, ℗ Mardi Gras Records

Review

As difficult as it is to say exactly what swamp pop is or isn't (a quick try would be to say that it is vocal group-inspired R&B with some Cajun and zydeco elements tossed in, although there are plenty of exceptions to any definition one could make), it is fundamentally a Louisiana and East Texas-based dance music with a bit of a late-'50s pop feel. Swamp pop may be hard to pin down, but you damn well know it when you hear it. Or put another way, anything a swamp pop artist plays is therefore swamp pop by default, which pretty much leaves the door wide open. This pleasant sampler of artists on the Mardi Gras Records roster doesn't exactly clear up any questions about what swamp pop is, but it sure is fun to listen to, and it swings gently from start to finish. Highlights include the opener, Charles Mann's Cajun take on Dire Straits' "Walk of Life," Bill Matte's accordion, guitar, and triangle take on "Bye Bye Puppy Love," and Link Davis, Jr.'s version of the classic "Honky Tonk" instrumental, although there really isn't a weak link in this whole set. Fun stuff, no matter what you call it. ~ Steve Leggett