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The History of New Orleans R&B Vol.  1
The History of New Orleans R&B Vol. 1

Various Artists
Catalogue Number: RANDB013
The Rhythm & Blues label has developed an enviable reputation since its inception in 2008 for creating thorough, definitive, high quality and entertaining themed collections delving into the roots of the various strands of classic rhythm and blues. In 2011, Rhythm & Blues joined forces with Trapeze Music & Entertainment, who themselves already have a formidable background in classic R&B via their Acrobat label, in order to take advantage of the synergy of the two companies’ resources. This latest collection focuses on New Orleans. More than any other city in the world, New Orleans was responsible for shaping the sound of 20th century popular music – maybe a sweeping statement, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock ‘n’ roll, it is pre-eminent. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin the early recordings of Louis Armstrong as much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. This compilation highlights the distinguishing characteristics in early Crescent City recordings, both to pick out the finest examples and to pinpoint styles that foreshadowed later developments in R&B. Comprising tracks from the earliest days of recording through to the late ‘40s, the collection charts the way that the city’s background as a racial and cultural melting pot fed its extraordinary and vibrant musical output. With carefully restored recordings and complete with a comprehensive 28-page booklet providing a detailed background narrative and discography, this is once again an absolute must for enthusiasts and collectors of classic R&B.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 When The Saints Go Marching In Sidney Bechet
2 Maple Leaf Rag Jelly Roll Morton
3 Tiger Rag New Orleans Rhythm Kings as Friars Society Orchestra
4 A Handful Of Riffs Lonnie Johnson
5 Perdido Street Blues New Orleans Wanderers
6 Put Me In The Alley Blues Chicago Hottentots
7 Travelin' Blues Lovie Austin
8 Sweet Mumtaz Luis Russell
9 Wiggle Yo' Toes Q.R.S. Boys
10 Root Hog Or Die Harlem Hamfats
11 Runenae Papa Zutty & His Band
12 Big Noise From Winnetka Bob Haggart & Ray Bauduc
13 Dear Old Southland Noble Sissle
14 Sous Les Palmiers Haitian Orchestra with Sidney Bechet
15 Look Over Yonder Zutty & His Band
16 King Porter Stomp Zutty Singleton and his Orchestra
17 Besame Mucho Edmond Hall
18 Mo Pas Lemme Ca Creole Serenaders
19 Chocko Mo Feendo Hey Danny Barker
20 Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing Danny Barker
21 Eh La Bas Paul Barbarin
22 Blanche Touquatoux Kid Ory & His Creole Jazz Band
23 Just a Closer Walk with Thee/Lady Be Good George Lewis Eureka Brass Band
24 South Rampart Street Parade Bob Crosby's Bobcats
25 The Saints Papa Lightfoot
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 St James Infirmary Louis Armstrong
2 Didn't He Ramble Louis Armstrong
3 James Alley Blues Richard Rabbit Brown
4 Crazy Cryin' Blues Memphis Minnie
5 New Orleans Joys Jelly Roll Morton
6 Old New Orleans Blues Willie Jackson
7 Mama Cookie Ann Cook
8 Black Snake Blues King Oliver
9 I'm Not Rough Louis Armstrong
10 Funny Feathers Victoria Spivey
11 Louisiana Bound Charley Taylor
12 Bread And Water Blues Kid Stormy Weather
13 Allons a Lafayette Joe Falcon & Cleoma Breaux
14 Keep A Knockin' Milton Brown
15 Deceived Blues Ann Turner
16 Cabbage Greens No. 1 Champion Jack Dupree
17 Mississippi Town Creole George Guesnon
18 Gran Prairie Happy Fats & Rayne-bo Ramblers
19 New Low Down Dog Champion Jack Dupree
20 I'm Cuttin' Out The Harlem Hamfats
21 Sidney's Blues Sidney Bechet
22 Just As Soon As I Go Home Cousin Joe
23 Hackberry Hop Harry Choates & His Melody Boys
24 Trouble In Mind Lonnie Johnson with Karl Jones
25 Junker Blues Champion Jack Dupree
26 Box Car Shorty And Peter Blue Cousin Joe
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