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The names are renowned and include Fats Domino, Little Richard and Aaron Neville. They, among other New Orleans-based artists like Dave Bartholomew, Shirley & Lee, The Spiders and Earl King, filled the city with music in the years following World War II. Their music gave birth to the Crescent City soul sound: the epitome of rhythm and blues, the single-most significant influence in the development of rock and roll and a primary inspiration for artists from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
On March 12, Capitol/Imperial/Minit Records will bring you back to the roots of American music with these artists and more with the Crescent City Soul Series.
With this 4-CD series Capitol/Imperial/Minit makes available many hard-to-find and unavailable classics: "Let The Good Times Roll: 20 of New Orleans' Finest R&B Classics, 1949-1966" presents the spectrum of the Crescent City sound. Shirley & Lee's "Let The Good Times Roll," Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," Lee Dorsey's "Ya-Ya" and Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" are legendary, while Clarence "Bon-Ton" Garlow's "New Bon-Ton Roulay" and Professor Longhair's "Mardi Gras In New Orleans" draw the listener closer to the true spirit of the era. It's wall-to-wall hits including one real rarity, Ruth Durand's "I'm Wise" (based on the same song Little Richard used to write his "Slippin' And Slidin'"), available on CD for the first time anywhere.
"The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits The Way You Originally Heard Them" brings back the days when the juke joint was where R&B artists were made or broken and the Fat Man was king. The classics are here: "Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'm Walkin'," but forgotten gems like "Poor Me," "Valley of Tears" and "Blue Monday" provide a deeper insight into Domino's unique genius.
No R&B arranger/composer of the 1950s was more influential than Dave Bartholomew. While never a hit performer himself, no one had a better ear for talent. "The Big Beat of Dave Bartholomew: 20 of His Milestone New Orleans Productions 1949-1960" gives ample evidence of his abilities. Bartholomew performs along with quintessential Crescent City artists: Chris Kenner, The Spiders, Bobby Mitchell, Earl King, Smiley Lewis and The Bees.
Because Allen Toussaint has written and arranged for Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, Glen Campbell, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt and The Band, it's easy to forget that in the early 1960s he also almost single-handedly revived R&B. "Finger Poppin' and Stompin Feet: 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions for Minit Records (1960-1962)" demonstrates just how he did it with Aaron Neville's "Over You" and "Let's Live," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law" and "I Cried My Last Tear" along with classics by Irma Thomas, The Del Royals, Benny Spellman and The Showmen.
Anyone wondering why New Orleans R&B has endured for over half a century or why artists as diverse as Pat Boone, Lawrence Welk, Elvis Presley and Devo covered the songs written and performed by the Crescent City artists need only listen to the tracks in this series to gain a fresh understanding of their seminal influence on American pop music.Tracklistings:
Labels: Imperial/Minit/Capitol Records (Catalog Marketing Group)
File Under: R&B/Oldies/New Orleans\
Street Date: March 12, 2002