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Capitol / Imperial / Minit Records to Release the Crescent City Soul Series

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.


The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits The Way You Originally Heard Them

  1. The Fat Man
  2. Goin' Home
  3. Going To The River
  4. Ain't It A Shame (Ain't That A Shame)
  5. All By Myself
  6. Poor Me
  7. I'm In Love Again
  8. Blueberry Hill
  9. Blue Monday
  10. I'm Walkin'
  11. It's You I Love
  12. Valley Of Tears
  13. Whole Lotta Loving
  14. I Want To Walk You Home
  15. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
  16. Be My Guest
  17. Walking To New Orleans
  18. My Girl Josephine
  19. Let The Four Winds Blow
  20. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

The Big Beat of Dave Bartholomew: 20 of His Milestone New Orleans Productions 1949-1960 (also available on MP3 download)

  1. Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis
  2. The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew
  3. Sick And Tired - Chris Kenner
  4. Four Winds - Dave Bartholomew
  5. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday - Bobby Mitchell
  6. Country Boy Goes Home - Dave Bartholomew
  7. I Hear You Knocking - Fats Domino
  8. Shrimp And Gumbo - Dave Bartholomew
  9. Toy Bell - The Bees
  10. Witchcraft - The Spiders
  11. I'm Gone - Shirley And Lee
  12. Would You - Dave Bartholomew
  13. 3 X 7 = 21 - Jewel King
  14. Someday - Smiley Lewis
  15. Great Big Eyes (Those Little Reds) - Archibald
  16. That's How You Got Killed Before - Dave Bartholomew
  17. One Night - Smiley Lewis
  18. Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear - Dave Bartholomew
  19. Shrewsbury Blues - Tommy Ridgley
  20. Country Gal - Dave Bartholomew

Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet: 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions For Minit Records (1960-1962)

  1. It Will Stand - The Showmen
  2. Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
  3. Over You - Aaron Neville
  4. Heavenly Baby - Allen & Allen
  5. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1) - Jessie Hill
  6. 'Tain't It The Truth - Ernie K-Doe
  7. Cry On - Irma Thomas
  8. True Love Never Dies - Allen Orange
  9. Let's Live - Aaron Neville
  10. Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta - Ernie K-Doe
  11. Whip It On Me - Jessie Hill
  12. Fortune Teller - Benny Spellman
  13. I Cried My Last Tear - Ernie K-Doe
  14. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette) - Benny Spellman
  15. Always Naggin' (Grumblin' Fussin' Nag Nag) - The Del Royals
  16. It's Raining - Irma Thomas
  17. A Certain Girl - Ernie K-Doe
  18. 39-21-46 - The Showmen
  19. Ruler Of My Heart - Irma Thomas
  20. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 2) - Jessie Hill

Let The Good Times Roll: 20 of New Orleans Finest R&B Classics 1949-1966

  1. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
  2. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
  3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
  4. I Didn't Want To Do It - The Spiders
  5. I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis
  6. Stack-A-Lee (Part 1) - Archibald
  7. New Bon Ton Roulay - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow
  8. Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
  9. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
  10. I'm Wise - Ruth Durand
  11. Let The Four Winds Blow - Roy Brown
  12. Feel So Good - Shirley & Lee
  13. Trick Bag - Earl King
  14. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Barbara George
  15. She Put The Hurt On - Prince La La
  16. You're The One - The Spiders
  17. Real Man - Ernie K-Doe
  18. Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
  19. Come On (Parts 1 & 2) - Earl King
  20. Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn


  • The Fats Domino Jukebox - 72435-37600-2-1
  • The Big Beat of Dave Bartholomew - 72435-37599-2-6
  • Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet - 72435-37450-2-8
  • Let The Good Times Roll - 72435-37449-2-2

Labels: Imperial/Minit/Capitol Records (Catalog Marketing Group)

File Under: R&B/Oldies/New Orleans\

Street Date: March 12, 2002

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