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Format: CD
Sku: 204708768
UPC: 805520021296
UPC 14: 00805520021296
Release Date: 5/21/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Got a Brand New Baby - Little Mr Midnight ~ Various Artists
2. Four O'Clock Blues - Little Mr Midnight ~ Various Artists
3. Don't Jive Me - Smiley Lewis ~ Various Artists
4. Tra-La-La - Dave Bartholomew ~ Various Artists
5. Teejim - Dave Bartholomew ~ Various Artists
6. Agreeable Woman - James Wayne ~ Various Artists
7. Two Faced Woman - James Wayne ~ Various Artists
8. Rockin' With Fes - Roy "Baldhead" Byrd ~ Various Artists
9. Stormy Weather - Dave Bartholomew ~ Various Artists
10. My Ding-A-Ling - Dave Bartholomew ~ Various Artists
11. Reeling And Rocking - Fats Domino ~ Various Artists
12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price ~ Various Artists
13. Chee Koo Baby - Lloyd Price ~ Various Artists
14. Sweethearts - Dave Bartholomew/Shirley & Lee ~ Various Artists
15. I'm Gone - Dave Bartholomew/Shirley & Lee ~ Various Artists
16. Teachin' and Preachin' - The Royal Kings ~ Various Artists
17. Bouncin' the Boogie - The Royal Kings ~ Various Artists
18. Early Sunday Morning ~ Various Artists
19. Who Drank My Beer While I Was In the Rear - Dave Bartholomew ~ Various Artists
20. Country Gal - Dave Bartholomew ~ Various Artists
21. Baby - Dave Bartholomew/Shirley & Lee ~ Various Artists
22. New Bon Ton Roulay - Clarence Garlow ~ Various Artists
23. Got No Use For You - T-Bone Walker ~ Various Artists
24. Long Distance Blues - T-Bone Walker ~ Various Artists
25. I'm Thankful - Fat Man Matthews ~ Various Artists
26. Little School Girl - Fats Domino ~ Various Artists
27. I-Yi - The Hawks ~ Various Artists
28. Candy Girl - The Hawks ~ Various Artists
29. Don't Leave Me Baby - Lowell Fulson ~ Various Artists
30. Things That I Used To Do, The - Guitar Slim ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Well, I Done Got Over It - Guitar Slim ~ Various Artists
2. Tipitina - Professor Longhair & His Blues Scholars ~ Various Artists
3. Let's Have Some Fun (Honey) - Slim Saunders ~ Various Artists
4. Jock-A-Mo - Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters ~ Various Artists
5. I Didn't Want To Do It - The Spiders ~ Various Artists
6. You're the One - The Spiders ~ Various Artists
7. Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis ~ Various Artists
8. Baby's Gone - Bobby Mitchell/The Toppers ~ Various Artists
9. Sister Lucy - Bobby Mitchell/The Toppers ~ Various Artists
10. 'Til I Say Well Done - The Kings ~ Various Artists
11. Every Dog Has His Day - Pee Wee Crayton ~ Various Artists
12. Bluesy Me - Dave Collins/Scrubs ~ Various Artists
13. Give It Up - The Hawks ~ Various Artists
14. Nobody But You - The Hawks ~ Various Artists
15. 21 (3x7=21) - The Spiders ~ Various Artists
16. That's Enough - The Spiders ~ Various Artists
17. Jump Children - Herb Hardesty/Fats & Dave ~ Various Artists
18. Cat Music - Herb Hardesty/Fats & Dave ~ Various Artists
19. Drunk Drunk Drunk - Kidds ~ Various Artists
20. Ain't Gonna Do It - Pelicans ~ Various Artists
21. I Want To Be Loved - The Bees ~ Various Artists
22. Toy Bell - The Bees ~ Various Artists
23. You Know Yeah - Pee Wee Crayton ~ Various Artists
24. Runnin' Wild - Pee Wee Crayton ~ Various Artists
25. It's Too Late Now - The Hawks ~ Various Artists
26. Real Gone Lover - Smiley Lewis ~ Various Artists
27. Low And Lonesome - Boo Breeding ~ Various Artists
28. Country Woman - Boo Breeding ~ Various Artists
29. Say Baby - Willie Johnson ~ Various Artists
30. That Night - Willie Johnson ~ Various Artists
Disc 3
Song Title
1. What's It All About? - Leo Price/Little Leo ~ Various Artists
2. Handwriting On the Wall - Leo Price/Little Leo ~ Various Artists
3. Mardi Gras Mambo - Hawketts ~ Various Artists
4. Your Time's Up - Hawketts ~ Various Artists
5. Eternally Yours - Barons ~ Various Artists
6. Boom Boom - Barons ~ Various Artists
7. Feel So Good - Shirley & Lee ~ Various Artists
8. I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis ~ Various Artists
9. Travelin' Mood - Willie "Wee Willie" Wayne ~ Various Artists
10. I Remember - Willie "Wee Willie" Wayne ~ Various Artists
11. Baby ~ Various Artists
12. So Glad ~ Various Artists
13. Why Fool Yourself - Barons/Bernie Williams ~ Various Artists
14. I'm Just a Lonely Guy - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
15. Tutti Frutti - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
16. Do Baby Do - Ernest Kador ~ Various Artists
17. Who's Been Fooling You? - Big Boy Myles ~ Various Artists
18. That Girl I Married - Big Boy Myles ~ Various Artists
19. Rich Woman - Li'l Millet & His Creoles ~ Various Artists
20. I'm In Love Again - Fats Domino ~ Various Artists
21. On Bended Knee - Bobby Charles ~ Various Artists
22. See You Later, Alligator - Bobby Charles ~ Various Artists
23. So Glad You're Mine - Charles 'Hungry' Williams ~ Various Artists
24. My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino ~ Various Artists
25. Try Rock'n'Roll - Bobby Mitchell ~ Various Artists
26. No No No - Bobby Mitchell ~ Various Artists
27. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
28. Slippin' And Slidin' - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
29. I'm Wise (Slippin' And Slidin') - Eddie Bo ~ Various Artists
30. Take It Easy, Greasy - Bobby Charles ~ Various Artists
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Rip It Up - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
2. Ready Teddy - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
3. Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee ~ Various Artists
4. Everybody's Whalin' - Huey "Piano" Smith/Rhythm Aces ~ Various Artists
5. Little Liza Jane - Huey "Piano" Smith/Rhythm Aces ~ Various Artists
6. Teardrop Eyes - Dukes ~ Various Artists
7. Cotton Picking Hands - Dukes ~ Various Artists
8. Rock'n'Roll Dance - Lloyd Price ~ Various Artists
9. Girl Can't Help It, The - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
10. Heebie Jeebies - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
11. Don't Blame It On Me - Fats Domino ~ Various Artists
12. Don't Feel Sorry For Me - Jimmy Beasley ~ Various Artists
13. Little Coquette - Jimmy Beasley ~ Various Artists
14. Down Yonder (We Go Ballin') - Smiley Lewis ~ Various Artists
15. Shame Shame Shame - Smiley Lewis ~ Various Artists
16. Oooh-Wow - Roy Montrell ~ Various Artists
17. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrell ~ Various Artists
18. Rockin' At Cosimo's - Lee Allen ~ Various Artists
19. Stepping High - Edgar Blanchard ~ Various Artists
20. I Feel Good - Shirley & Lee ~ Various Artists
21. I'm a Fool About Your Love - Werly Fairburn ~ Various Artists
22. All the Time - Werly Fairburn ~ Various Artists
23. I'm a Country Boy - Clarence Henry ~ Various Artists
24. Ain't Got No Home - Clarence Henry ~ Various Artists
25. Hickory Dickory Dock - Big Boy Myles ~ Various Artists
26. Just To Hold My Hand - Big Boy Myles ~ Various Artists
27. Oooh-Wee Baby - Art Neville ~ Various Artists
28. Back Home To Me - Art Neville ~ Various Artists
29. You Can Fly High - Earl King ~ Various Artists
30. Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings - Earl King ~ Various Artists
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Joseph Gaines (vocals, tenor); Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow, Earl King, Eddie Jones , Buddy Charles, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Roy Montrell, Smiley Lewis, Werly Fairburn (vocals, guitar); Dave Bartholomew (vocals, trumpet); Edgar "Big Boy" Myles (vocals, trombone); Eddie Bo, Fats Domino, Willie Connell Johnson, Roy "Baldhead" Byrd, Frank Bocage, Jimmy Beasley, Art Neville (vocals, piano); Charles "Hungry" Williams , James Wayne (vocals, drums); Chuck Carbo , Tommy Ridgley, Dave Dixon, Elmer Breeding, Fat Man Matthews, W. Moon , D. Nero, J.D., Brown, Ernest Kador, Eddie Ray, Joe Maxon, Leo Price & Band, Tiny Brown, W. Armstead, Roland Cook, Bill Moore Lucky Seven Band, Shirley Goodman, Ledbetter, Baby Davis, Oliver Howard, Allene Matthews, Junior Gordon, Leonard Lee, Little Mr Midnight, Lloyd Price, R. Williams, Slim Saunders, Bernie Williams, Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers (vocals); Dudley Royal (tenor, baritone); Albert Veal, Allen Williams, Joe Gaines, Billy Gold, Albert Weal, Andrew Fisher, Billy Bland (tenor); John "Buddy" Morris (baritone); George Bonney, Frank Rushing, Willie Thrower (bass voice); Justin Adams (guitar, drums); Ernest McLean, Irving Banister, Edgar Blanchard, Ernest Meyer, Larry Guidry, Harrison Verrett, Alfred August, Walter Nelson, Joe Fritz, Rene Hall, Snooks Eaglin (guitar); Alfred Bernard (saxophone); Wendell DuConge, Gus Fontenette, Warren Bell, Joe Harris (alto saxophone); Dave Lastie, Carlo Marino, James Victor Lewis, Lee Allen Orchestra, Robert "Buddy" Hagans, Harry Simontaux, Joe Tillman, Charles Burbank, Raoul Prado, Nat Perrilliat, Robert Parker, Clarence Hall, Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone); Clarence Ford, Norman Sinegal, Julius Shakesnider, Billy Diamond, Lloyd Lambert, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Frank Fields (baritone saxophone); Frank Mitchell, Dalton Rousseaux, August Fleuri (trumpet); Melvin Lastie (cornet); Waldron Joseph, Worthia Thomas, Waldron "Frog" Joseph (trombone); Salvadore Doucette, Jr., Melvin Dowden, Curtis Michell, Edward Frank, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Ed LeBlanc, Gabriel Flemming, Paul Gayten, Tuts Washington, Ray Charles (piano); Eddie Landers, Earl Palmer , Charles "Honeyman" Otis, Cornelius Coleman, Kenneth Theriot, Eugene Jones, Eric Warner, Bartholomew Smith Frost, Oscar Moore, John Boudreaux (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Fats Domino, Huey "Piano" Smith, Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Smiley Lewis, Bobby Charles.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Peter Rynston.
Muze PNote Recording information: Cosimo Studios, New Orleans, LA (09/1950-12/1956); Cosmo Studio, New Orleans, LA (09/1950-12/1956); J&M Studio, New Orleans, LA (09/1950-12/1956); Cosimo Studios, New Orleans, LA (1950-1956); Cosmo Studio, New Orleans, LA (1950-1956); J&M Studio, New Orleans, LA (1950-1956).
Muze PNote Photographer: Adam Komorowski.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Four Kittens.
Muze PNote Although he's far from a household name, it's hard to imagine the existence of New Orleans R&B without Cosimo Matassa. As owner and engineer at J&M Studios, housed in a reworked grocery store on Rampart Street, Matassa saw the birth of R&B, rock & roll, and soul pass through his doors between 1945 and 1956, and he was responsible for the early hits of Fats Domino, Little Richard, and many others during his tenure there. This amazing four-disc, 120-track box tells that story, and it is filled with marvelous recordings that burst with energy and vitality. There's so much to be astounded at here, and not just the steady rhythmic warmth of the Fats Domino sides or the ferocious energy that crackles from each and every Little Richard track ("Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up," "Ready Teddy," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Heebie Jeebies"). There's also Smiley Lewis' piano and horn rendition of "Don't Jive Me" (not to mention his original version of "I Hear You Knocking"), Lloyd Price's sturdy "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," Dave Bartholomew's wry treatise on barroom crime, "Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear," and Clarence Garlow's easy rolling "New Bon Ton Roulay." There's Professor Longhair's classic "Tipitina," Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters' timeless "Jock-A-Mo," the Hawks' bright and infectious "It's Too Late Now" and Wee Willie Wayne's whistle and percussion gem, "Travelin' Mood." Then there's Huey "Piano" Smith's delightfully clanging and steamrolling "Everybody's Whalin'," Clarence "Frogman" Henry's goofy and immortal "Ain't Got No Home" and Earl King's crisply rocking "You Can Fly High." It all adds up to a truly impressive legacy, and again, it's impossible to imagine New Orleans R&B without the hand of Cosimo Matassa upon it. Matassa eventually had three studios in New Orleans, including Jazz City Studio on Camp Street, as well as a record pressing plant called Superior Plastic, and the record label he started in the late '50s, Rex Records. Later still he helped set up Sea-Saint Studio. This impressive and exhaustive set tells his story, and it rocks like it means to change the world. Truth is, the sides that Matassa recorded and engineered some 50 odd years ago have already changed the world many times over. Most of us just didn't know it. ~ Steve Leggett

Producer: Adam Komorowski (Compilation); Joop Visser Productions (Reissue)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/30/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PROPERBOX 12
Music Label Name Label : Proper Box (UK)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00805520021296

Professional Reviews

No Depression (p.90)
- "[This] collection provides a great overview of everything that was going on in non-jazz New Orleans music from 1950 to 1956..."

Record Collector (magazine)
(p.88)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] winner....Between the 40s and 70s, Cosimo Matassa owned four studios in New Orleans, where he recorded R&B giants such as Little Richard, Fats Domino and Lloyd Price..."

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