New Orleans Blues Albums
The cradle of American popular music has played a massive role in promoting jazz, Blues and R&B. From Congo Square and Mardi Gras to Tipitina’s and the unquenchable spirit shown in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the history of New Orleans and the characters who call it home is interwoven with the Story of the Blues.
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These two dozen tracks, with contributions from Ernie K Doe to Bonnie Raitt, via ZZ Hill and Lowell George, mark Allen Toussaint as one of the greatest songwriters and producers of the last 50 years.
This excellent collection recalls Snooks Eaglin's early days in New Orleans. With some tracks recorded by Harry Oster for Storyville in 1964, this record has 17 well loved classics and 8 unreleased tracks, plus a 32-page booklet.
Everything here from Fats Domino is remastered except 'The Fat Man', and the inclusion of seldom heard classics like 'Somethin's Wrong' and 'Honey Chile' makes it a fully rounded album.
From the up-tempo opening track 'Sacred Ground' to the moody 'Late in the Evening', John Mooney explores the many ways a soulful slide-guitar can enhance the human voice.
Ernie K-Doe became a major figure in New Orleans culture right up into this century, but his true legacy is right here in this music.
This disc concentrates on Smiley Lewis' most productive years with Imperial, with some superb rocking R&B.
Versatile singer Tommy Ridgley could wail the Blues and croon a love song, and his 'Let's Try and Talk It Over' is classic New Orleans 'stroll', which became Tommy's trademark.
Voodoo funk, virtuoso piano and that laid-back 'Nawlins' vibe, this is 16 doses of Doctor John's finest medecine.
Most of Lee Dorsey's albums are available as CDs with bonus tracks, but this disc gathers his best known work in one killer album.
Earl King's early material is hard to find, but this re-issue of Sonet's 1977 'Good Old New Orleans Rock'n'Roll' finds him in good voice.
All her own work, except for a few co-writes, this album showcases Marcia Ball's versatility, with up-tempo boogies, a drag out Blues and heartbreaking ballads.
All Larry William's early hits are here, as he shows his Rock'n'Roll chops with a hard-driving New orleans band..
The early stuff by Frankie Ford is produced by Dave Bartholomew and superb quality, and the London album has a great band backing some classic performances.
Louis Prima's infectious bonhomie comes over in every song, and the band rocks out on some great dance tunes.