Tony Joe WHITE – Continued 1969

Tony Joe WHITE – Continued 1969
SLP 18133

Blues

Continued was the second album released by Tony Joe White. It was released on Monument Records and contained the single Roosevelt and Ira Lee It was recorded at Monument Studios, Nashville and Lyn-Lou Studios, Memphis in 1969. It was produced by Billy Swan and engineered by Tommy Strong and Mort Thomasson.

The album was re-released on by Movieplay/Intermusic from Portugal in 1993 with a different cover and another title (Roosevelt And Ira Lee). In 1997 it was rereleased by Warner Brothers containing two additional songs – “Watching The Trains Go By” (by Dewey Oldham and Wallace Pennington) and “Old Man Willis” (by Tony Joe White himself) was the second single. “Old Man Willis” was later re-recorded for the album.

The album contained the track “Rainy Night In Georgia” popularized by R&B vocalist Brook Benton in 1970. It reached #4 on the Pop Singles and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts, respectively. The RIAA certified the single gold for sales of one million copies. In 2004, it was ranked #498 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song has been covered by a number of musicians, including Ray Charles, Otis Rush, Randy Crawford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Amos Garrett, Hank Williams, Jr., Shelby Lynne, John Holt, by the duet of Conway Twitty and Sam Moore, Aaron Neville, and reggae band The Gladiators. Most recently indie folk-rock band Hem released a cover on No Word from Tom (2006). Australian band Ross Hanniford Trio recorded a cover of the song on their 1994 album. Interestingly, David Ruffin recorded a cover version of the song the same year as Benton, however, Motown for unknown reasons did not release the album. A dance version was recorded by Boozoo Bajou in 2006.
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I have a soft spot for down-to-earth guys, for the kind that would rather stay in the shades than in the center of attention, except for when it’s showtime of course. Oh, I bet it’s a blast to meet self-conscious stars like David Bowie or Beyoncé, brain-drained zombies like Ozzy or flat-out pricks like (insert your pick), but nothing beats the type you can still have a beer with, despite the success, fame and money. In early 1994, I was lucky enough to meet Rory Gallagher (he sadly died a year later) and I’ll never forget how surprised and delighted he was to meet a few people, how ordinary he was, too, like the guy next door you wanna have a beer with. Anyway, I saw Tony Joe White play live two years ago (with no less than Solomon Burke as support act – what a bill!) and he immediately reminded me of those moments with Gallagher. Like the Irish guy, White was and is all about the music, not about the image, the flash or whatever else. He just sat there on his chair, playing one groovy blues after another, shyly accepting the applause and giving his all. It’s the same with his albums: even though almost all of the albums that I heard have their misfires or uneven moments, they’re always songs coming from the gut, delivered with warmth and honesty. I’ve never heard his debut (never found it, basically, and I rarely order albums), but the songs from that album I’m familiar with (“Polk Salad Annie” and “Soul Francisco”) couldv’ fit on this album as well, which is – I presume – a continuation of the first album. There’s nothing particularly astonishing or flashy about this album, so if you’re in for intricate compositions and fret wankery, you’ll have to get your kicks elsewhere. On the other hand, if you think that
By Guy Peters.
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Tony Joe White- Guitar, Hamonica
Mike Utley- Organ
Tommy McClure- Bass
Sammy Creason- Drums
James Milhart- Drums
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A1. Elements And Things
A2. Roosevelt And Ira Lee (Night Of The Mossacin)
A3. Woodpecker
A4. Rainy Night In Georgia
A5. For Le Ann
B1. Old Man Willis
B2. Woman With Soul
B3. I Want You
B4. I Thought I Knew You Well
B5. The Migrant
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