New Orleans Funk CD (2006)

Artist: Various

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Label Forced Exposure
SKU 202761779
UPC 026328100470
UPC 14 05026328100470
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/2006
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Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID SJRCD 047
Lable Name Soul Jazz
Released 01/14/2008
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 50263281004708
Album Notes and Credits
Photographers: Michael P. Smith; Parker Dinkins; Norbert Hess; Jeff Hannusch.
Unknown Contributor Role: Pierce Smith.
Check the title -- New Orleans funk is not the same thing as New Orleans R&B or soul, so this may not be the sound that you're expecting. Even if it opens with the Meters, this isn't a compilation that plays to familiar sounds or expectations. Instead, it lays the groundwork for funk as it was known in the '70s or plays forgotten, possibly never-heard sounds from the '70s. So there ain't a single cut here that you will have heard or recognize unless you are an unrepentant New Orleans fanatic; some names are familiar -- the Meters, Lee Dorsey, Eddie Bo, Huey Piano Smith, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and Robert Parker -- but apart from Professor Longhair's "Big Chief," there's not a single thing here that regularly makes New Orleans comps or that will be recognized by anyone outside of the devoted. All 24 selections were chosen on one basis -- whether their recorded grooves were funky enough to be sampled and reappropriated to something else. Most of them are, but that may be beside the point, since this is a collection for record collectors who don't specialize in this style -- they're just looking for grooves. And there are some really good grooves here, but as singles a lot of them fall flat, unless they're delivered by somebody as undeniably assured and engaging as Lee Dorsey, whose two cuts wind up sounding like actual songs because he gives them the illusion of structure, even if they're just jams. Some other songs have the same fate, such as Aaron Neville's "Hercules," but this, by and large, is about sound, groove, and texture -- and on those terms it's pretty pleasing. Still, this is not a treasure trove of great lost singles, songs, and performances -- just a collection of good grooves worthy of sampling and making for good listening, providing you're into the sound and feel of the funkier side of New Orleans R&B, not the songs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Handclapping Song
2 Hip Drop
3 Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
4 It's Gonna Rain
5 Check Your Bucket
6 Big Chief
7 Free, Single and Disengaged
8 Can I Be Your Squeeze
9 Hercules
10 I've Got Reasons
11 Gator Bait
12 Get Out of My Life Woman
13 Tell Me What's on Your Mind
14 Handa Wanda
15 Love Lots of Lovin'
16 Garden of Four Trees
17 Dap Walk
18 Just Kissed My Baby
19 Reborn
20 Mama Roux
21 Natural Soul Brother
22 Hook 'N' Sling, Pt. 2
23 Here Come The Girls
24 Hip

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