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Swamp Dogg Presents Doris Duke and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells *
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Album: Swamp Dogg Presents Doris Duke and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells *
# Song Title   Time
1)    He's Gone
2)    I Can't Do Without You - (I'm a Loser)
3)    Feet Start Walking - (I'm a Loser)
4)    Ghost of Myself - (I'm a Loser)
5)    Your Best Friend - (I'm a Loser)
6)    Feeling Is Right, The - (I'm a Loser)
7)    I Don't Care Anymore - (I'm a Loser)
8)    Congratulations Baby - (I'm a Loser)
9)    We're More Than Strangers - (I'm a Loser)
10)    Divorce Decree - (I'm a Loser)
11)    How Was I to Know You Cared - (I'm a Loser)
12)    To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman) - (I'm a Loser)
13)    I Wish I Could Sleep - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
14)    It Sure Was Fun - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
15)    I Don't Know How to Fall Out of Love with You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
16)    He's Everything I Need - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
17)    I'd Do It All Over You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
18)    If She's Your Wife (Who Am I) - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
19)    Since I Fell for You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
20)    Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
21)    Let Love Touch Us Now - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
22)    Bad Water - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
23)    By the Time I Get to Phoenix - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
24)    (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days - (previously unreleased)
25)    Pride's No Match for Love
26)    He's Gone
 

Album: Swamp Dogg Presents Doris Duke and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells *
# Song Title   Time
1)    He's Gone
2)    I Can't Do Without You - (I'm a Loser)
3)    Feet Start Walking - (I'm a Loser)
4)    Ghost of Myself - (I'm a Loser)
5)    Your Best Friend - (I'm a Loser)
6)    Feeling Is Right, The - (I'm a Loser)
7)    I Don't Care Anymore - (I'm a Loser)
8)    Congratulations Baby - (I'm a Loser)
9)    We're More Than Strangers - (I'm a Loser)
10)    Divorce Decree - (I'm a Loser)
11)    How Was I to Know You Cared - (I'm a Loser)
12)    To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman) - (I'm a Loser)
13)    I Wish I Could Sleep - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
14)    It Sure Was Fun - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
15)    I Don't Know How to Fall Out of Love with You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
16)    He's Everything I Need - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
17)    I'd Do It All Over You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
18)    If She's Your Wife (Who Am I) - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
19)    Since I Fell for You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
20)    Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
21)    Let Love Touch Us Now - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
22)    Bad Water - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
23)    By the Time I Get to Phoenix - (A Legend In Her Own Time)
24)    (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days - (previously unreleased)
25)    Pride's No Match for Love
26)    He's Gone
 
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  • Personnel: Doris Duke (background vocals); Pete Carr (guitar); Philadelphia Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra (strings); Chuck Level (piano); Paul Hornsby (organ); Robert "Pops" Popwell (bass guitar, congas); Johnny Sandlin (drums); Donna Rhoden, Donna Rhodes (background vocals); Duane Allman (guitar); Sonny Royal (tenor saxophone); Stacy Goss, Mike Stough (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joseph DeAngelis (French horn); Jerry Williams, Jr. (piano, background vocals); Jasper Guarino (drums); Jeanie Greene, Sandra Rhodes, Charles Chalmers (background vocals).
  • Arranger: Jerry Williams, Jr. .
  • It's hard to fathom why Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles get equal billing with Doris Duke on this archival release from Jerry Williams, aka Swamp Dogg, since it features two full-length albums in their entirety from Ms. Duke and a mere three songs from LaBelle. Duke and Williams have had a stormy business relationship in the past (the booklet features several letters from Williams and his lawyers asserting his control over her recording career), so perhaps Duke's co-star status is intended as a subtle jape, but that doesn't make this any less puzzling for fans of either artist. The tracks from LaBelle & the Bluebelles are fine, and "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days" is a rare number that was left in the vaults until it appeared on a collection of Atlantic rarities in 2006, but LaBelle's East Coast sound is somewhat at odds with the Deep South tone of Duke's work. As for the two Doris Duke albums featured on this disc, 1969's I'm a Loser and 1971's A Legend in Her Own Time rank with her finest work, and present this oft-overlooked soul queen in marvelous, heart-tugging form. From the palpable heartache of the opening "He's Gone" to the defiant closer, "To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)" (which became one of Duke's few hit singles), I'm a Loser is a triumphant example of powerful deep soul, and A Legend in Her Own Time very nearly matches it. This could be readily recommended as the best Doris Duke collection extant if it weren't for the fact the British Kent label has also released these two albums on a single disc under the title I'm a Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions and More, which ups the ante with better artwork and liner notes as well as three early single sides by Duke taking the place of the Patti LaBelle tracks. The Kent release of this material is markedly superior, but this still features 23 superb performances by Doris Duke, and serious soul fans would do well to own this material regardless of the packaging or the bonus tracks. ~ Mark Deming
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