Hear Tony Joe White’s Rare Country-Disco Cut ‘Alone at Last’
Tony Joe White cooks up a slinky disco-country tune with “Alone at Last,” a previously unreleased song from Light in the Attic’s third installment of its popular Country Funk series. Country Funk Volume III (1975 – 1982) will be available August 6th.
No stranger to creating backwoods funk burners, the late Tony Joe White feels almost dressed up on “Alone at Last” by comparison to “Polk Salad Annie.” A taut bassline, scratchy electric guitar, and rubbery disco groove keep things moving, while a shimmering electric piano creates an atmosphere of late-night desire.
Turns out that’s precisely what White has on his mind as he purrs about how he’s been waiting for this moment. “Let’s take our time, make it last/Keep on doing what you’re doing to me,” he sings, his rhythmic delivery calling to mind Grace Jones’ 1981 banger “Pull Up to the Bumper.”
White, whose posthumous album Smoke From the Chimney was released earlier in 2021, is featured on Country Funk Volume III alongside several country hitmakers of the era (Conway Twitty, Eddie Rabbitt) and influential blues rockers (J.J. Cale, Delbert McClinton). The collection is available on standard black vinyl as well as a special clear vinyl pressing that’s housed in a foil-stamped jacket.