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The tracks on this album, from the Sound of New Orleans record label, are covers of top 100 contributors to the history of Rock & Roll, which were originally recorded in New Orleans. Phat2sDay’s version of Blue Monday and JB Davis’s Walking to New Orleans were among Fats Domino’s endless list of hits, as are Ain't That Just Like a Woman (GG Chinn) and Blue Berry Hill (Bobby Love). Producer Allen Toussaint, a musical innovator extraordinaire, has created musical masterpieces in the Crescent City for decades. His first production (for Minit Records, in 1960), was Ooh Poo Pah Doo by Jesse Hill (ably rendered here by New Orleans vet Tommy Ridgley). Incidentally, Jesse later discovered Barbara George whose debut recording I Know, a mega-hit in 1961, is given a superb barrelhouse send-off here by Carol Fran. Another Toussaint classic was his 1966 production of Lee Dorsey’s Get out My Life Woman (recorded here by Charlie Cuccia).

Chewy Thunderfoot Black powers out Sick & Tired, a song Chris Kenner released in 1955, long before his better known classics like “Land of a Thousand Dances”. J.B. Davis croons St. James Infirmary a traditional favorite revised by the Animals and more recently by the White Stripes and Trombone Shorty. The indie Frisco label’s Danny White owned the summer of 1966 with the plaint Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, which G.G. Shinn revives here true to the original.

Les Getrex & Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. represent Hank Williams here with their version of Jambalaya. Selwyn Cooper’s performance of Mathilda is a fine tribute to Freddie Fender – the Texas Chicano whose music was said to be spiritually from the Louisiana swamps. Warren Ceasar’s Zydeco Snap Band gives us a swampy flavor of Willie Tee’s TEASING YOU and party rocker Charlie Cuccia dusts off Gary U.S. Bonds’ 1961 anthem NEW ORLEANS. Lastly, the great G.G. Shinn brings back to life the 1958 smash HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE by Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A WOMAN G.G. Shinn

GET OUT MY LIFE WOMAN Charlie Cuccia

BLUE MONDAY – Phat2sDay

KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE – G.G. Shinn

SICK & TIRED – Chewy Thunderfoot Black

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY – J.B. Davis

OOH POO PAH DOO – Tommy Ridgley

MATHILDA – Selwyn Cooper

JAMBALAYA - Les Getrex & Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.

I KNOW – Carol Fran

I’M WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS – J.B. Davis

BLUEBERRY HILL – Bobby Love

TEASING YOU – Warren Ceasar

NEW ORLEANS – Charlie Cuccia

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE – G.G. Shinn

 

 

   

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