• Release
      March 5, 2013
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      RAT ON!
      March 5, 2013
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  • Maverick soul artist Swamp Dogg (aka Jerry Williams) has been described as the “soul genius that time forgot,” and “a strange combination of Sly Stone’s progressive funk with Frank Zappa’s lyrical absurdism.” In the ’70s he even made the famed Nixon’s Enemies List.Alive Naturalsound Records is proud to bring you Swamp Dogg’s first two albums, newly remastered and re-released for the very first time on vinyl since their original release in the early ’70s. Total Destruction To Your Mind (1970), has been called “one of the most gloriously gonzo soul recordings of all time,” while Rat On! (1971) was ranked as having one of the top ten worst album covers of all time, an achievement that Swamp Dogg is rightfully proud of to this day.

    The two remastered reissues of Swamp Dogg’s early ’70s albums Total Destruction To Your Mind and Rat On! will be available on Black Vinyl and CD on March 5th. In addition, there will also be a very limited pressing of Colored Vinyl for both albums exclusive to mailorders through Bomp!



    “If your dog sleeps on the sofa, shits on the rug, pisses on the drapes, chews up your slippers, humps your mother-in-law’s leg, jumps on your new clothes, and licks your face, he’s never gotten out of character. You understand what he did, you curse while making allowances for him, but your love for him never diminishes. Commencing in 1970, I sung about sex, niggers, love, rednecks, war, peace, dead flies, home wreckers, Sly Stone, my daughters, politics, revolution, and blood transfusions (just to name a few), and never got out of character.” – SWAMP DOGG

    “He sings like some unfrozen Atlantic soul man of the sixties – his voice clarion pure, his phrasing a model of smoldering restraint.” – ROLLING STONE

    “He’s made some of the maddest, funny, baddest, odd, angry, funkiest soul records.” – MOJO

    “Vocally, Swamp Dogg sounds like a cross between General Johnson (of Chairmen of the Board) and Van Morrison; as a songwriter, he’s his own man. With the exception of Sly Stone, no other soul men of the period were investigating controversial topics with such infectious musicality and good humor.” – AMG



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    • FOUR STARS! A Lost Bayou-Funk Treasure. - ROLLING STONE
    • Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams is a cult hero who's responsible for some of the most unique rock-influenced R&B (and weirdest album covers) ever made. - SPIN
    • Swamp Dogg's "Total Destruction To Your Mind" and "Rat On!" are red hot platters of burning Southern Soul. – BLURT
    • A brilliant, prolific soul auteur. - NASHVILLE SCENE
    • Swamp Dogg’s "Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe.” is a song every man should Llsten to. - ESQUIRE MAGAZINE
    • Hyped-up unearthings of vintage funk/soul “lost classics” are a dime a dozen nowadays, but it’s not often you encounter something as truly strange and striking as the first two LPs from Virginia eccentric Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg. Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970) and Rat On! (1971) — remastered/reissued on Alive Naturalsound — make good on their gonzo titles with faintly absurd yet salient satire on war, consumerism and race politics all backed by roiling, Stax-style funk. - PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
    • Swamp Dogg two earliest releases – Total Destruction To Your Mind (1970) and Rat On! (1971) – have long been overdue for a re-release. Now, crisply remastered and available on CD and vinyl, they're ready to shine afresh and perhaps attract a new audience. - BLOGCRITICS
    • Legendary psychedelic soul bluesman Swamp Dogg‘s reissues of his first two albums, Total Destruction to Your Mind and Rat On! sound amazing. They’ve still got that swamp funk to them, but the remastering job is just absolutely stellar. For those used to vinyl rips and bootleg CDs, these brand-new LP reissues (and first-time official CD releases) will blow your mind. - ROCK STAR JOURNALIST
    • Because of his 1972 rendition of “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” Al Green usually gets credited with discovering the soul potential of Bee Gees ballads. But Jerry Williams—a.k.a. Swamp Dogg—actually discovered it first when he wrapped his voice around “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” on his 1971 album, Rat On!, which along with two other early-Swamp Dogg longplayers, Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970), and Gag a Maggot (1973), has just been reissued by Alive Records. Part of what has made Williams an underground legend is his capacity for explosively soulful unpredictability. Part big-voiced belter, part Fred Sanford, he exemplifies what “diversity” meant (or at least sounded like) before it became a humorless, oxymoronic talisman of the left. – WORLD MAGAZINE
    • Swamp Dogg, soul man of legend, is reissuing his “Gag A Magott” and “In Between Tears” LPs with bonus tracks on May 14. It’ll mark the first time both offerings have been available on wax since 1973, so set those turntables to stun. – STOMP & STAMMER
    • Swamp Dogg is a great combination of funk and soul that will get you moving and thinking simultaneously. His first two albums Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970) and Rat On! (1971) have been remastered and re-released on Alive Naturalsound Records. Both albums are available now and if you like old-time soul, you should add them to your collection. - LOS ANGELES EXAMINER
    • Bigger Than Jesus: 25 Rock Deities, Rap Messiahs, and Would-Be Golden Gods: #22 Swamp Dogg - SPIN
    • Best Nashville Rock Songs Ever: On Swamp Dogg’s first solo album, Total Destruction to Your Mind — which Alive Naturalsound Records just released in a remastered version — he covered Joe South’s racist-bating song “Redneck,” and ratcheted up both the tempo and the piss and vinegar. I mean, check it out: He’s snarling, shouting and smirking over a hot, hard-driving boogie. That was some bold shit in 1970. - NASHVILLE SCENE
    • His music is rock, it's country soul, it's classic R&B and it's funk. Take away the impeccable Stax horn arrangements and it's stone cold classic country. - WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
    • The world needs more Swamp Dogg now! - THE STASH DAUBER
    • Punk-rock in spirit years before punk. – THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
    • Textbook examples of genuine southern soul. They’re records that sound familiar the first time you hear them. And they never age. They’re the kinds of records you don’t bother to file because you’re playing them all the time. In this age of lies, somebody’s got to tell the truth. And the truth is as close as your turntable. Swamp Dogg is back. Everything gonna be alright. – THE RECORD CHANGER
    • The title track is a slam-bangin' chunk of rock and funk that's pushed by a great session band including guitarist Jesse Carr and drummer Johnny Sandlin, and is easily Dogg's finest moment on record. But the rest of this is great too, ranging from the consumer nightmare "Synthetic World" to the paternity blues of "Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe." Plus, Dogg is a great singer, and his dizzying range gets a workout on these songs. - ALL MUSIC
    • Total Destruction To Your Mind and Rat On! are highly sought after for both their funky grooves and eccentric moods. - THE DAILY PRESS
    • After 40 years, Swamp Dogg's music is as relevant, heart-felt and authentic as ever, and through the re-issues of "Rat On" and "Total Destruction To Your Mind" fresh and future generations will be able to reach back through time and get schooled on what the term "old school soul" meant to one of its core artists. Essential. - RUST MAGAZINE
    • Rat On! and Total Destruction To Your Mind are two low-profile, high-personality masterpieces from the Nixon years. - PASSION OF THE WEISS
    • Swamp Dogg’s music finally gets the respect that it deserves. - THE FIRE NOTE
    • Nothing matches the mind-blowing power of these R&B/rock/protest/progressive masterpieces that musically kept pretty loyal to Southern soul but conceptually were like nothing else on the market. – ROCTOBER
    • Alive’s digipack remaster of Swamp Dogg's Total Destruction To Your Mind should give this five-star gem the broader circulation it deserves. - NO DEPRESSION
    • These two albums sound positively thrilling, as if we’d just found a couple of prime unreleased Sly Stone albums hidden in a closet. - SOUND + VISION MAGAZINE
    • An acid-fueled R&B visionary, - SOUL SAUCE
    • Essential listening. - MONKEY PICKS
    • "We could all use more Swamp Dogg on our stereos, and 'Total Destruction to Your Mind' and 'Rat On!' are guaranteed to make any record collection better." - VINYL UNDER REVIEW
    • Everyone get down on your knees and give thanks, for these two magnificent albums are back on store shelves once again. I cannot recommend these two albums enough. I say get them both at the same time, because if you dig one, you're going to want a hit of the other one right away. Trust me on this one... you need some Swamp Dogg in your life. - OTHER MUSIC
    • This is some of the finest American music not only of its time, but of all time. - BLINDED BY SOUND