Ton-Ton Macoute! is the 1970 album by Johnny Jenkins, a former bandleader who first hired Otis Redding in his band, The Pinetoppers, as a singer. Ton-Ton Macoute! was originally intended as a Duane Allman solo album, before he departed to form The Allman Brothers. Most of the guitar tracks were played by Allman, and Jenkins later supplied the vocal tracks. The album is a blend of Southern Blues/Rock/Country/Soul. Guest musicians include future Allman Brothers Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks. The standout tracks are Dr. John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters", Bob Dylan's "Down Along the Cove", and J.D. Loudermilk's "Bad News".

Ton-Ton Macoute!
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril, 1970
Recorded1969-70
GenreBlues rock
Southern rock
Classic rock
Length48:07
LabelAtco / Capricorn
ProducerDuane Allman / Johnny Sandlin
Johnny Jenkins / Duane Allman chronology
Ton-Ton Macoute!
(1970)
Blessed Blues
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]

TitleEdit

The phrase "Ton-Ton Macoute" is actually a phrase in Haiti, meaning "bogey man" (literally: "Uncle Gunnysack") in the Haitian language. "Ton-Ton Macoute" was the name Papa Doc Duvalier used for his secret police, who wreaked havoc in Haiti in the 1950s. The "bogey man" of Haitian folklore refers to a man visiting during Christmas Eve, entering peoples homes at night and taking naughty children into his knapsack. [3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" (Dr. John) - 5:49
  2. "Leaving Trunk" (Sleepy John Estes) - 4:19
  3. "Blind Bats & Swamp Rats" (Jackie Avery) - 4:44
  4. "Rollin' Stone" (Muddy Waters) - 5:21 (a.k.a. "Catfish Blues")
  5. "Sick and Tired" (Dave Bartholomew, Chris Kenner) - 4:41
  6. "Down Along the Cove" (Bob Dylan) - 3:25
  7. "Bad News" (J.D. Loudermilk) - 4:08
  8. "Dimples" (John Lee Hooker, James Bracken) - 2:55
  9. "Voodoo in You" (Jackie Avery) - 5:00
  10. "I Don't Want No Woman" (Don Robey) - 2:12
  11. "My Love Will Never Die" (Otis Rush) - 5:33

PersonnelEdit

  • Johnny Jenkins - vocals, guitar (4), harmonica (2, 6, 7, 8), foot stomping (4), lead guitar (10, 11)
  • Duane Allman - electric guitar (9 [left channel]), slide guitar (4, 6), dobro (1), rhythm guitar (10, 11)
  • Berry Oakley - bass (4, 6, 7)
  • Jaimoe - timbales (1, 3, 9)
  • Butch Trucks - drums (1, 9)
  • Paul Hornsby - Wurlitzer piano (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11), piano (10), Hammond B-3 organ (11), rhythm guitar (6)
  • Eddie Hinton - cowbell (9)
  • Tippy Armstrong - cabasa (9)
  • Pete Carr - acoustic guitar (6), electric guitar (1, 9 [right channel]), guitar (2, 3, 5, 7, 8)
  • Robert Popwell - bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11), timbales (5), shaker & woodblocks (2)
  • Johnny Wyker - shaker & woodblocks (2)
  • Jimmy Nalls - guitar (7)
  • Ella Brown - vocals (3)
  • Southern Comfort - vocals (1, 9) - a group that included Donna Jean Godchaux, then named Donna Thatcher[4]
  • Johnny Sandlin - drums (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)

ProductionEdit

  • Producer: Duane Allman, Johnny Sandlin
  • Recording Engineer: Johnny Sandlin, Tom Compton, Larry Hall, Larry Hamby, Jim Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson, Terry Manning
  • Assistant Engineer: Kent Bruce, Jeremy Stephens
  • Remixing: Jeff Coppage
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell
  • Art Direction: Jimmy Roberts
  • Photography: Jimmy Roberts
  • Liner Notes: Johnny Sandlin

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chrispell, James. Ton-Ton Macoute! at Allmusic. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Hall, Allan (1664). The World's Greatest Secrets. Hamlyn. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-85152-867-7.
  4. ^ Ton Ton Macoute, Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved August 5, 2016.