“Gag A Maggot” by Swamp Dogg - album review

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TJR says

“Gag A Maggot” is the fourth album in four years from the prolific soul maverick, now on his own label, Stone Dogg Records. There are 7 originals and 1 cover on this one – a somewhat unremarkable rendition of Wilson Pickett’s “Midnight Hour”. Album highlight is “Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye” as Swamp brilliantly channels his inner Van Morrison and “Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill”, a funky little groover that really gets under your skin after a few spins – very much in the same kind of way as Joe Tex would later do in the disco-era with “Aint Gonna Bump No More”. As always, the brilliance is occasionally undermined, here it’s on “T.T.” a lame pop piece where Dogg proclaims “I cant live without my T.T.”. Presumably, it’s not a song about The Isle Of Man races. It’s a downward turn in any event, although his “humour” is not always lost on me; one of the album’s better love songs is called “I Couldn’t Pay For What I Got Last Night”. Dogg’s not always vital, but he’s always worth checking out…

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A1 [03:28] 4.9.png Swamp Dogg - Wifesitter (Jerry Williams Jr., Stan McKenney) Soul
A2 [05:29] 5.6.png Swamp Dogg - Choking To Death From The Ties That Bind (Jerry Williams Jr., Stan McKenney) Soul
A3 [02:49] 6.0.png Swamp Dogg - I Couldn’t Pay For What I Got Last Night (Jerry Williams Jr.) Disco / Funk
A4 [05:00] 7.1.png Swamp Dogg - Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill (Jerry Williams Jr., Stan McKenney) Disco / Funk
B1 [02:46] 5.4.png Swamp Dogg - Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper) Soul
B2 [03:20] 7.8.png Swamp Dogg - Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye (Jerry Williams Jr.) Soul
B3 [02:50] 4.3.png Swamp Dogg - T.T. (Jerry Williams Jr.) Pop
B4 [03:17] 5.5.png Swamp Dogg - Why Must We Fall (When We Fall In Love) (Jerry Williams Jr., Stan McKenney) Soul
B5 [03:50] 6.9.png Swamp Dogg - Plastered To The Wall (Higher Than The Ceiling) (Jerry Williams Jr.) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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