We all know the big names on Capricorn Records roster, but there were a great number of bands who released music who arent mentioned as much here in Macon. Here are two albums that should be in every Macon music lovers collection.
Johnny Jenkins: Ton Ton Macoute!
Johnny Jenkins was Macons rhythm and blues king for a while. Its said that Jimi Hendrix learned his wild style by watching him play. Otis Redding got his start playing in a band with Jenkins called the Pinetoppers. In 1970, Jenkins released Ton Ton Macoute! on ATCO/Capricorn Records. The album originally was intended to be a Duane Allman solo album and features Allman on guitar, Barry Oakley on bass, Jaimoe on percussion, Butch Trucks on drums and a Southern rock star-studded list of other musicians.
This album is full of songs from some of the greatest songwriters of the time, including Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and many more. After the music was recorded, Jenkins came in and recorded the vocals. The album was named Ton Ton Macoute!, which means boogy man in Haitian French.
This album is probably one of the best recorded representations of what Macons music scene in the late 60s and early 70s was like, combining the best of the musicians in the area at the time to complete a single project.
White Witch: White Witch
While Capricorn was known for releasing albums more in the line of Southern rock, blues and soul, White Witch was somewhat a departure from the style that had become the mainstay of the Capricorn catalog. This Florida-based group was hard to pin down on exactly what their style was. They could have been defined as psychedelic or hard rock and it still would have been wrong because there was something undeniably Southern about their sound, and their lyrics had a tendency to lean toward a new age spirituality content. It was very unique. The best way I can describe it was if Black Sabbath and the Allman Brothers had collaborated on an album, and Im still not sure thats fair.
Their debut self-titled album was released in 1972 and they went on to release two other albums, both on Capricorn. While at the time the albums were deemed too experimental by critics, the group was inducted into the Florida Music Hall of Fame.
There are many other great groups to be found in the Capricorn discography. Explore it and find your own gems.
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