Swift, Richard: Ground Trouble Jaw / Walt Wolfman

Swift, Richard SKU: 38702969
Swift, Richard: Ground Trouble Jaw / Walt Wolfman

Swift, Richard: Ground Trouble Jaw / Walt Wolfman

Swift, Richard SKU: 38702969

Format: VINYL LP

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Title: Ground Trouble Jaw / Walt Wolfman
Artist: Swift, Richard
Label: Secretly Canadian
Product Type: VINYL LP
UPC: 656605038711
Genre: Rock

It was a great Swiftian irony that the shining moment of realization that is Ground Trouble Jaw first saw it's release as a modest, digital-only EP in 2008. Here we right that wrong, and pair it with 2011's Walt Wolfman EP, very much a spiritual twin of Ground Trouble Jaw. Ground Trouble Jaw is the lens that pulls Swift's catalogue into a focused oeuvre. It was the first release that folded the tireless, vying personalities of Richard Swift's art - the art brut R&B of Onasis; the John Fante saloon player of The Novelist; the Brill Building songcraft of Dressed Up For the Letdown - into a singular, succinct artistic statement. Here is a man discovering at once his own capacity for timelessness. The triumphant, Sly Stone burner "Lady Luck" feels like a song your heart knew before you did, a ripe jazz apple that Swift plucked on a stroll through the orchard. You can feel his joy and the responsibility of his personal discovery. You can imagine a not-to-distant future in which parents and children slowdance together at weddings to the childhood sweetheart doo-wop of "Would You." The electric artistic breakthrough is palpable. Walt Wolfman's blown-out, basement R&B speaker-shredders are not for the faint of heart. Highlight of the set, "MG 33" is a raw and ghostly trance, a blast of kinetic energy and that jazz apple smoke blown right in your face. The quasi-title track "Walt Whitman" is a cryptic salute to Whitman, whose American lineage of primal, urgent art can be traced to include Kerouac and Ray Johnson, Bo Diddley and Beefheart - right on through to Swift himself. He was an outsider-pop wanderkind who could do more with one worn, old mic than most men could with a high-end studio, taking "the holy moment" and making it eternal.

Tracks:
1.1 Would You
1.2 Lady Luck
1.3 The Bully
1.4 The Original Thought
1.5 A Song for Milton Feher
1.6 Whitman
1.7 MG 333
1.8 Laugh It Up
1.9 Zombie Boogie
1.10 Out ; About
1.11 Drakula (Hey Man!)
1.12 St. Michael
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