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Various Artists Collections - Post War New Orleans

VARIOUS Louisiana Red Hot 9103 Blues: The Language Of New Orleans ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS Delmark 715 Jump 'n' Shout! New Orleans Blues & Rhythm ● CD $14.98
Considerably expanded version of Pearl 15 featuring 25 fine blues and R&B sides recorded for Regal & Deluxe in New Orleans between 1949 and 1953. Includes unissued sides and tracks not reissued anywhere before - Dave Bartholomew, Erline Harris with The Johnson Brothers Combo, The Johnson Brothers Combo (featuring Plas Johnson), Larry Darnell, Annie Laurie, Joseph "Google Eyes" August, Chubby "Hip Shakin'" Newsome, Ernie K-Doe, Sammy Cotton with Paul Gayten and James "Blazer Boy" Locks.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 28 Gettin' Funky - The Birth Of New Orleans R&B ● CD $25.98
Four CDs, 107 tracks, 294 minutes, highly recommended
Disc one is devoted to "Piano Power" containing 28 cuts from Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, and Archibald while disc two offers 26 cuts from "The Pioneers;" Dave Bartholomew, Paul Gayten, and Smiley Lewis. The third disc collects "The Hitmakers" with 28 sides from Roy Brown, Fats Domino, and Larry Darnell, where the final CD focuses on "Hip Shakin' Mamas, Crooners, and Shouters" with 25 gems from Chubby Newsome, Alma 'The Lollipop Mama' Mondy, 'Blazer Boy' Locks, Erline Harris, Jewel King, and others. From Champion Jack's early down-home style, to the uptown grace of Dave Bartholomew's band, and Professor Longhair's combining of calypso, blues, Latin, and more, the powerful horns, riffing guitars, and battered pianos tell the story of New Orleans. The set comes with a 54-page booklet loaded with solid notes, rare photos, and a full discography. Wonderful. (CR)

VARIOUS Night Train 7018 New Orleans Twist Party ● CD $14.98
16 tracks, 39 min., recommended
A solid party/dance collection if ever there was one, this compilation of 45's originally recorded for RIP Records in 1959-1962 by Professor Longhair, Reggie Hall, Eddie Bo, and Bobby Mitchell radiates energy as only New Orleans music can. The sound quality, clearly dubbed from slightly scratchy, bass-heavy vinyl, does leave a bit to be desired, but the music is still too good to miss. Among the shufflin' tunes are Whole Lotta Twistin' and Everybody's Blowin' (parts 1 and 2) by Professor Longhair, Always Pickin' on Me and The Joke by Hall, You're the Only One and Let's Limbo by Bo, and You've Got the Nerve and Walking in Circles by Mitchell. Nice music to celebrate the end of the work week with. No liner notes at all, but a great caricature of two twisters on the cover. (DH)

VARIOUS Eclipse 64416 Whole Lotta Blues ... Crescent City ● CD $11.98
Enjoyable collection of 16 N.O. blues and R&B sides including The Fat Man by Fats Domino, C.C. Rider by Snooks Eaglin, Wish Someone Would Care by Irma Thomas, Let The Four Winds Blow by Roy Brown, I Don't Know Why (But I Do) by Clarence "Frogman" Henry, The Things I used To Do by Guitar Slim plus cuts from Paul Gayten & Annie Laurie, Sugar Boy Crawford, Joe Turner, Dave Bartholomew, Smiley Lewis and others.


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