Swamp click S/T
(1996, Big Easy Records)
from cassette to 320 mp3
Here are the current internet CD prices for this album: Amazon - $132.94, New. $57.97 Used. Ebay - $39.99. On cassette a month ago it cost 4 dollars at Peaches (thanks 2 IV).
I think that the presence of an animal in a Pen & Pixel cover really drives up the demand from internet bidders and this cover has 4 of them. And it might be the most varied, though the dog/vulture combo of 8ball's "Lost" comes close.
The double dog is the iconic standard (Backyard 196 "Wicked Wayz", Big Swiss "The Inaugaration), outdone (thru opposite extremes) by the bloody disc biting beast on Mersonary Kilaz "Blood Thirsty" and the very many mutts of Big Pokey's "Hardest Pit in the Litter". The white tiger is a personal favorite of mine (and one I've put to use in my own ripping off) but one that toes the line and no one need mention the Big Bear of CMP covers at this point. Not that they haven't once brought me joy.
I wouldn't want to not mention the race horse in flight on Criminal Elament's "Hit Em Where It Hurt". And someone explain to me what the geodesic dome on the back of SC's swamp jeep is for.
I can only hope that available downloading drives down the price of releases like this. No one should have to pay more than $20 for a release that is not that good, not that rare and not at all historically significant, alligators or no alligators.
There is shit on here I like. Three quarters thru, things starts picking up with a short swamp instrumental. Then a moment of self-reflection: "Yo B, we ain't got no hype shit on dis album dawg", after which things stay better.
I really like the noodling instrumental behind the "Shoutz Out", I wish it was a proper track.
Swamp click S/T