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Friday, December 18, 2015

Potliquor - Louisiana Rock 'n' Roll (1973 us, excellent hard southern boogie 'n' roll, 2010 edition)

Louisiana Rock 'n' Roll wriggle out from the muddy swamps of Potliquor's home state and straddled the line between country, blues, southern rock and hard rock...all the while throwing in horns just to keep things fresh. With a powerful singer in George Ratzlaff, Potliquor were able to muster some pretty inspired moments on vinyl. "Pot Liquor was a top regional touring act.

Like many great bands, they never sold records like they should have. But they did tour, and expose many young southerners to what amounts to some of the first "southern rock" bands. Some of the best music, ever! And, the best name ever for a southern rock band! As for "Louisiana Rock and Roll", it rocks! From the opening of "You Can't get there form Here, to the closing track, "Guitar Boogie", this is one of the finest rock and roll records.

1. You Can't Get There From Here (Casey Kelly) - 3:15
2. Waitin' For Me At The River (George Ratzlaff) - 4:21
3. Taj And Jimmy's Blues (Taj Mahal, Jimmy Reed) - 5:38
4. Rip It Up (Les Wallace, Loretta Wallace) - 2:34
5. H (Les Wallace, Loretta Wallace) - 4:48
6. Louisiana Rock & Roll (George Ratzlaff) - 3:20
7. St. Jude's Blues (Jerry Amoroso) - 2:57
8. Born Under A Bad Sign (William Bell, Booker T. Jones) - 5:20
9. Guitar Boogie (George Ratzlaff) - 3:36
10.For You (Les Wallace) - 4:33

The Potliquor
*Jerry Amoroso - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Les Wallace - Guitar, Vocals
*George Ratzlaff - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
*Leon Medica - Bass, Vocals
*Guy Schaeffer - Bass, Vocals
Additional Musicians
*Glenn Spreen - Moog Synthesizer
*Cy Frost - Strings, Clavinet, Piano
*Unkle Back Wood - Fiddle
*Lee Fortier, Art DeCesare, Bud Brasher - Strings
*Peter Verbois, Bill Ludwig, Nic Rousse, Charlie Deruy - Strings

1970  Potliquor - First Taste (2010 edition)
1972  Potliquor - Levee Blues (2010 issue)

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