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2005 CD Releases by New Orleans & Louisiana Music Artists
Katrina Benefit CD Releases
A portion of the proceeds from highlighted CD's below go to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Please check these out and consider getting a copy for yourself, as a gift, etc.
Travis Matte and the Zydeco KingpinsZydeco Train (12/27/05); latest from award winning musician features the hot tracks "Vibrator" and "Booty Call"
Various Artists (DVD)Shelter From The Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast (12/06/05); TV concert fundraiser taped on September 9, 2005; minimum of $5 from each copy sold goes to the Red Croass and Salvation Army to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims; performers include Dr. John, Randy Newman, Alicia Keys, U2, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Mariah Carey, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, Kanye West, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
Various ArtistsOur New Orleans (12/06/05); proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, with a portion targeted for musicians who lost their homes; with all new tracks from Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Davell Crawford, Eddie Bo, Charlie Miller, Wardell Quezergue Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Michael White, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Wild Magnolias; the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, BeauSoleil, Carol Fran, and Randy Newman
Various Artists / Recording Artists For HopeThe Katrina CD (12/06/05); proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, etc.; 18 indie tracks featuring Kim Carson and many others; read more
Lil' WayneTha Carter II (12/06/05); guests include label-mates Baby, Mannie Fresh and Lil' Mo; also available in deluxe 2-CD set; second CD features Wayne's greatest hits screwed & chopped
Al HirtMost Requested Songs (12/06/05); 16 remastered classics from the late, great trumpeter; $1.00 from each copy sold goes to American Red Cross to aid Katrina victims
Ernie K-Doe & Chris KennerThe R&B Kings of New Orleans (12/06/05); 42 remastered classics on 2-CD set; $1.00 from each copy sold goes to American Red Cross to aid Katrina victims
Harry Connick, Jr. (DVD)The Happy Elf (12/06/05); animated family holiday special features music and narration by Harry; see more DVD's by Harry Connick, Jr.
Master PLiving Legend: Certified D-Boy (11/29/05); 16 new tracks w/ production by Drummer Boy, X File and Mike Diesel; on Master P's new label, Gutter Music Records and Distribution; includes the new single, "Cookie Money"
Dr. John & The Lower 911Sippiana Hericane (11/22/05); Dr. John fondly remembers his hometown on this EP release; all net profits will be donated to organizations involved in Katrina relief efforts, including the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Salvation Army and the Jazz Foundation of America
Various ArtistsHurricane Relief: Come Together Now (11/22/05); 2 CD multi-artist benefit album; proceeds go to American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund; contains new material by popular artists, plus New Orleans classics; features John Mayer with Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Chris Thomas King, Neville Brothers, Faith Hill, Brian Wilson, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, R. Kelly, Kanye West, Dave Matthews, John Fogerty, Coldplay, Clint Black, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, and more
Various ArtistsHigher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert (11/22/05); Lincoln Center concert held Sept 17th; proceeds go to JaLC's Higher Ground Relief Fund, administered by Baton Rouge Area Foundation; features Art & Aaron Neville with Allen Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Irvin Mayfield, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Jordan Family (Kent, Marlon, Stephanie, Rachel), Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Norah Jones, and others (listen to the "Higher Ground" concert online at NPR.com)
Norman BrownThe Very Best of Norman Brown (11/22/05); collection of early tracks from Grammy winning guitarist and Shreveport native
Ray AbshireArrÍte Pas La Musique (Don't Stop The Music) (11/22/05); with backing from Courtney Granger, Kevin Wimmer and Andre Michot
Lost Bayou RamblersBayou Perdu (11/22/05); a mixture of old-school traditional Cajun originals and classic Cajun swing
Britney SpearsB In The Mix - The Remixes (11/22/05); Brit's hits remixed, plus new track "And Then We Kiss"
Various ArtistsEssential Louisiana Rhythm & Blues (11/22/05); remastered hits from Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, Aaron & Art Neville, Bobby Charles, Jessie Hill, Chris Kenner, Tommy Ridgley, Cookie & The Cupcakes, and more; $1.00 from each copy sold goes to American Red Cross to aid Katrina victims
Various ArtistsThe Greatest Mardi Gras Concert Ever! (11/22/05); 14 remastered New Orleans classics; features Professor Longhair, Earl King, Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint, and more; $1.00 from each copy sold goes to American Red Cross to aid Katrina victims
Romeo Presents Rich BoyzYoung Ballers - The Hood Been Good To Us (11/22/05); Master P's son no longer "Lil"; all new from Romeo with C Los, Young V, Big Doug and Lil D
Movie / DVDThe Skeleton Key (11/15/05); thriller partially filmed in South Louisiana; watch for scenes at the Half Moon Bar and with ReBirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf; ReBirth and the Dixie Cups appear on the soundtrack
Harry Connick Jr. & Branford Marsalis (DVD)Harry and Branford - A Duo Occasion (11/15/05); performance by Harry and Branford filmed on 06/24/05 at the Ottawa Jazz Festival; shot in high-def video and recorded in high resolution audio; see more DVD's by Harry Connick, Jr.; see more DVD's by Branford Marsalis
504 BoyzHurricane Katrina: We Gon' Bounce Back (11/15/05); new from Master P, Silkk The Shocker, CLOS, Krazy, Paul Wall, Hallelujah, and the rest of the 504 family; 10% of profits go to Team Rescue for Katrina victim's relief
Various ArtistsHip Hop Helps: After The Storm (11/15/05); proceeds from rap compilation go to Amercian Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund; features Pastor Troy, Lil Flip, Young Buck, David Banner, Haystak, 8Ball & MJG, Al Kapone, Yo Gotti, Fiend, and more
Johnette DowningMusic Time (11/15/05); award-winning children's musician brings Louisiana spice to kids across the country
Neville BrothersGold (11/15/05); 2-CD set is the first complete overview of the Neville's career; includes solo hits by Aaron and Art, plus cuts by The Meters and The Wild Tchoupitoulas; liner notes by group biographer David Ritz
Louis ArmstrongThe Quintessence, Vol. 3: New York, Chicago, Boston: 1947-1952 (11/15/05); 2 CD set
LeadbellyThe Boll Weevil (11/15/05); collection of 78 sides recorded between 1939 and 1947; includes "Goodnight Irene"
Lelia Broussardlil-yah; 2nd album from LA-bred, PA-based singer and songwriter; produced by Grammy winner Glenn Barratt, who says Lelia is "the most exciting talent to emerge from Philly in the last 20 years..."
Mahalia Jackson (DVD)Mahalia Jackson Sings The Songs of Christmas (11/08/05); Gospel Queen performs holiday standards; available for the first time on DVD; see more DVD's by Mahalia Jackson; see more Christmas music by local artists
Various Artists (DVD)Live 8 (11/08/05); historic world-wide concert captured on 4-DVD box set; with Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Green Day, Tim McGraw, Stevie Wonder, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Pink Floyd, and many more
BirdmanFast Money: Screwed & Chopped (11/01/05); screwed & chopped by DJ Michael "5000" Watts of Swisha House Records
Marc BroussardBootleg to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Katrina (10/25/05); live bootleg EP; proceeds go to Marc's Momentary Setback Fund
QuintronSwamp Tech (10/25/05); new from Q and Miss Pussycat, with bonus DVD
Big MikeNaw'lins Phats (10/25/05); latest from New Orleans-born Houston-based rapper
Earl KingA Mother's Love (10/25/05)
Harry Connick, Jr.Harry for the Holidays (10/25/05); dualdisc re-release from Sony
Eames EraDouble Dutch (10/18/05); debut full length CD from Baton Rouge based rock/pop combo
Various ArtistsA Celebration of New Orleans Music to Benefit MusiCares Hurricane Relief 2005 (10/18/05); all proceeds go to MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, providing assistance to musicians and music industry people directly affected by Hurricane Katrina; read more
Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraDon't Be Afraid: The Music of Charles Mingus (10/18/05); produced by Delfeayo Marsalis
Various ArtistsMartha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays (10/18/05); domestic diva picks her faves, with tracks from Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Chris Botti, Tony Bennett, and others
Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends (10/18/05); The Killer performs at London's Labatt's Apollo; with special guests Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, John Lodge, Brian May and Dave Davies; recorded in 1989
Lonnie Johnson1949-1952 (10/18/05)
Susan CowsillJust Believe It (10/11/05); national release of Susan's debut solo CD; guests include Lucinda Williams, Adam Duritz, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Amanda Shaw, Jonno, Mark Meaux and former band-mate Vicki Peterson; see SusanCowsill.com for more info
George HuffMiracles (10/11/05); debut full-length album from New Orleans native and "American Idol" finalist
Johnny AdamsThe Great Johnny Adams Blues Album (10/11/05); collection of tracks from the blues side of the late, great Johnny Adams
Jerry Lee LewisRock 'N' Roll Wild Man (10/11/05)
Fats DominoThe Fat Man (10/11/05)
Various ArtistsI Believe to My Soul (10/04/05); includes tracks from Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint; a portion of the proceeds go the the American Red Cross for Katrina relief
Kevin GordonO Come Look at the Burning (10/04/05); overdue new release from acclaimed singer & songwriter
Steve Riley & the Mamou PlayboysDominos (10/04/05); dualdisc follow-up to 2003 release "Bon RÍve"
Aaron NevilleChristmas Prayer (10/04/05); Aaron and EMI Gospel label are donating sixty cents from every copy sold to the American Red Cross until December 31, 2006
Herlin RileyCream of the Crescent (10/04/05); drummer extraordinaire is joined by Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Lewis and Reginald Veal
Dr. John (DVD)Live at Montreux, 1995 (10/04/05); DVD is same as CD (see below) with bonus tracks
Dr. JohnLive at Montreux, 1995 (10/04/05)
Chris Thomas KingRed Mud Sessions (10/04/05)
Chris CagleAnywhere But Here (10/04/05); 3rd CD from DeRidder, LA native and rising country star
Al HirtJava: With Cream (10/04/05)
Preservation Hall Jazz BandSweet Emma (10/04/05); remastered set features late, great Sweet Emma Barrett with Percy & Willie Humphrey and other Hall legends
Jerry Lee LewisThe Definitive Collection (10/04/05)
Master PBest of Master P (10/04/05)
C-MurderBest of C-Murder (10/04/05)
Silkk the ShockerBest of Silkk the Shocker (10/04/05)
TRUBest of TRU (10/04/05)
C-MurderThe Tru Story: Continued (10/04/05)
Various Artists (DVD)Make It Funky! The Music That Took Over The World (09/27/05); historic concert taped at the Saenger Theatre in 2004; with Allen Toussaint, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Earl Palmer, funky Meters, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Kermit Ruffins, Lloyd Price, Monk Boudreaux, Neville Brothers, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Snooks Eaglin, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and others
Tab Benoit & Voice of the Wetlands AllstarsVoice of the Wetlands (09/27/05); featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidochovich, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone; a portion of the proceeds goes to Voice of the Wetlands Relief Fund
Benjy Davis ProjectThe Angie House (09/27/05); all new release from young Baton Rouge rock band; features a guest appearance by the late Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Buddy GuyBring 'Em In (09/27/05); guests include John Mayer, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana and Keb' Mo'
Professor LonghairDo the Mess Around (09/27/05); 22-track import
Bobby RushHen Pecked (09/27/05); collection of blues showman's best
Champion Jack DupreeThe Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (09/27/05)
Jelly Roll MortonThe Complete Library of Congress Recordings (09/27/05); complete and remastered release of 1938 Library of Congress recordings; 7 CD's, plus bonus disc of interviews of Morton's peers by Alan Lomax; also includes new 80-page book with an appreciation by John Szwed and rare photos
Britney Spears (DVD)Britney & Kevin: Chaotic... The DVD & More (09/27/05)
Master PGreatest Hits Re-Mixed (09/20/05)
N.O. Madd1 Life 2 Live (09/20/05); 2nd album from NOLA rapper NOMADD (New Orleans Mad Dog); first single "Perculating"; guests include JoJo Hailey (K.C. and JoJo), Mr. Marcelo (504 Boys), Dukes of Da Ville, Romie Walker and Jared "J Keys" Kurtin
Boswell SistersShine on Harvest Moon (09/20/05); w/ 20 digitally enhanced tracks
Huey Smith & His ClownsHigh Blood Pressure (09/20/05); import
Percy Mayfield1951-54 (09/20/05)
Roosevelt SykesFeel Like Blowing My Horn (09/20/05); import/reissue; features King Kolax, Robert Lockwood Jr.
Saunders King1948-54 (09/20/05); classics from late R&B guitar great and Staple, LA native
Always The RunnerAn August Golf (09/13/05); new from Baton Rouge progressive rock quartet
Hadley J. CastilleRefait (09/13/05); Cajun fiddle legend revisits 20 of his most popular songs
Lonnie Brooks (DVD)Chicago Blues Jam (09/13/05); Lonnie Brooks and Studebaker John & the Hawks captured live at Buddy Guy's Legends blues club
Mel Melton & the Wicked MojosPapa Mojo's Roadhouse (09/13/05)
Patrick WeathersHound Dog Diaries (09/13/05)
Waylon Thibodeaux & Sammy NaquinThe Original Bourbon Street Cajuns (09/06/05)
King BrittKing Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan (09/06/05)
North Mississippi AllstarsElectric Blue Watermelon (09/06/05); with guest appearances by Robert Randolph, Lucinda Williams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Al Kapone, and Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
TurkStill A Hot Boy (09/06/05)
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes... pain, pleasure, fear and opera (09/01/05); third CD (second studio album)
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty NotesLive at the Spleaf (09/01/05); JSDN captured live at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty NotesBandicoot (09/01/05); JSDN debut CD
BeatinpathBeatinpath 3 - third CD from NOLA roots rockers
Various ArtistsAustin City Limits Music Festival (08/30/05); with the Neville Brothers, Drive By Truckers, Trey Anastasio, etc. -- also available on DVD
Wynton MarsalisAmongst The People: Live at The House of Tribes (08/30/05); with Wessell "Warm Daddy" Anderson (alto sax), Eric Lewis (piano), Kengo Nakamura (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums)
Brooks & DunnHillbilly Deluxe (08/30/05); guests include Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill
Snooks EaglinNew Orleans Street Singer (08/30/05); reissue of 1959 acoustic album from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings; read more
Robert WalterSuper Heavy Organ (08/30/05); recorded in New Orleans with Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich, Tim Green and James Singleton
Kenny NealA Tribute to Slim Harpo and Raful Neal (08/23/05); features Kenny's brothers and his late father Raful Neal, with Slim Harpo band members Rudy Richard and James Johnson
Young BleedRise Thru Da Ranks (08/23/05); latest from Baton Rouge rapper
Various ArtistsCajun Capers: Cajun Music 1928-1954 (08/23/05); 4-CD box set
James "Sugar Boy" Crawford1953-1954 (08/23/05); complete Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters sessions from Checker Records
Jerry Lee Lewis (DVD)Let It Rock: At The Crossroads of Rock N Roll (08/23/05); features The Killer, Carl Perkins, Ronnie Hawkins, The Band and Jeff Healy; taped in 1995
Rosie LedetPick It Up (08/16/05); latest from the Zydeco Sweetheart
WebbieSavage Life [Chopped and Screwed] (08/16/05)
Jamboree (DVD)Jamboree (08/16/05); 1957 musical with Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Jodie Sands, Ron Coby, Slim Whitman, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Charlie Gracie, Jimmy Bowen, The Four Coins, and more
Earl KingStreet Parade (08/09/05)
Willie EganWow Wow Rockin' the Blues - The Complete Vita/Mambo Sessions (08/02/05)
MookieWit My Back Against the Wall (07/26/05); debut from Baton Rouge rapper
Various ArtistsPutumayo Presents: Swing Around the World (07/26/05); with tracks from Duke Heitger, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Jambalaya Cajun Band, and more
Lonnie JohnsonThe Very Best of Lonnie Johnson (07/26/05)
Soilent GreenConfrontation (07/19/05); the latest from the New Orleans hard rockers
Step Rideau & The Zydeco OutlawsA Step Ahead (07/19/05)
Lil Boosie & WebbieGangsta Muzik [Chopped & Screwed] (07/19/05)
Various ArtistsHustle & Flow (07/12/05) movie soundtrack features Lil' Boosie, Webbie, Chopper, Juvenile (with Skip & Wacko), and others
Doug KershawAlive & Pickin' / Louisiana Man (07/12/05); reissue of two 70's classics from the Ragin' Cajun
WebbieSavage Life (07/05/05); 19 year old Baton Rouge rapper makes his debut for Atlantic Records; read more on Webbie
World Leader PretendPunches (06/28/05)
Shannon McNallyGeronimo (06/28/05); recorded at Dockside Studios; produced by Charlie Sexton
Jesse McReynolds & Charles WhitsteinA Tribute to Brother Duets (06/28/05); more on Charles Whitstein
Various ArtistsSalute! The WWII Tribute Album (07/12/05) includes "Dance With A Dolly" by Zachary Richard
Various Artists (DVD)Louisiana Blues Musical Documentary (06/21/05) French DVD filmed in 1992 features John Delafose, BeauSoleil, Beau Jocque, Canray Fontenot, Bruce Daigrepont, D.L. Menard, Lynn August, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas, Wayne Wayne Toups, Zydeco Joe, Basin Brothers, and more
Al HirtKing of Bourbon Street (06/21/05)
Baby (Cash Money Records)Fast Money (06/21/05); #1 Stunna releases follow-up to "Birdman"; with guest appearances by Cash Money Millionaires Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh, and new CMR signings Lil Mo and Keke Wyatt
Master PGhetto Bill (The Best Hustler In The Game) Vol. 1 (06/21/05); w/ guests Ashleey, Young Buck, Silkk The Shocker, Halleluyah, Slim Thug, and Pop
B.G.Life After Cash Money (Chopped and Screwed) (06/21/05)
C-MurderThe Truest S*** I Ever Said (Chopped and Screwed) (06/21/05)
Harry Connick Jr.Occasion: Connick on Piano 2 (06/14/05); 13 original compositions in a duo setting, featuring Harry with Branford Marsalis
Louis Armstrong & Ella FitzgeraldElla and Louis for Lovers (06/14/05)
Eddie PalmieriListen Here! (06/14/05); guests include Nicholas Payton
Marlon JordanYou Don't Know What Love Is (06/07/05); w/ guests Stephanie Jordan, Kent Jordan, Edward Kidd Jordan, Alvin Batiste, and more
Grayson CappsIf You Knew My Mind (06/07/05); national re-release of his self-titled 2004 solo CD
Terence BlanchardFlow (06/07/05); produced by Herbie Hancock
Buckwheat ZydecoJackpot! (06/07/05); first studio recordings in 8 years; features Buckwheat on Hammond B-3 as well as accordion
Hank Williams Jr.Greatest Hits, Volume 4 (06/07/05)
John ScofieldThat's What I Say (06/07/05); guitarist's tribute to Ray Charles w/ guests Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Warren Haynes, John Mayer
SupagroupRules (05/31/05)
Better Than EzraBefore The Robots (05/31/05); all new material; trio's first for new label Artemis Records
Leroy JonesNew Orleans Brass Band Music: Memories Of The Fairview & Hurricane Band
Tony Joe WhiteHome Made Ice Cream (05/24/05); re-release
Shelby LynneSuit Yourself (05/24/05); includes cover of Tony Joe White's "Old Times Sake"; White sits in on guitar and harmonica
B.G.The Heart of Tha Street (05/24/05); guests include Homebwoi, 5th Ward Weebie, Chopper City Boyz
TruThe Truth (Chopped and Screwed) (05/24/05); from the No Limit camp
Faron YoungEssential Faron Young (05/24/05)
Trombone Shorty and Orleans AvenueOrleans and Claiborne
BallzackChipmunk Dream Machine
Panorama Jazz BandPanoramaland
Movie / DVDNew Orleans Exposed (05/17/05); harsh reality of the inner city exposed; with Juvenile, Sqad Up, B.G., 5th Ward Weebie, Tribute to Soulja Slim, etc
Various ArtistsAmerican Idol Season 4 - The Showstoppers (05/17/05); includes a track by Ponchatoula, LA's own Lindsey Cardinale
Louis Prima & His New Orleans GangBoogie Woogie (05/17/05); 2-CD set
Lucinda Williams (DVD)Live from Austin, TX (05/17/05); from Austin City Limits
Lucinda WilliamsLive @ The Fillmore West (05/10/05); 2-CD set
Bryan LeeLive and Dangerous (05/10/05)
Various Artists (DVD)The Strat Pack: Live in Concert (05/03/05); 2004 concert from Wembley Arena in London celebrating 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster; performers include Theresa Andersson
Trombone Shorty & Lionel FerbosTrombone Shorty Meets Lionel Ferbos
Troy Andrews QuintetEnd of the Beginning
Chef MenteurWe Await Silent Tristero's Empire; their debut CD
Red Stick RamblersRight Key, Wrong Keyhole (04/26/05); produced by Dirk Powell
Dr. JohnBest of the Parlophone Years (04/26/05)
CharivariA Trip to the Holiday Lounge (04/26/05)
Marcia BallDown The Road (04/26/05); recorded live at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, CA
Various ArtistsLive From Las Vegas (04/26/05); with tracks from Louis Prima, Sam Butera, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Nancy Wilson, and more
Louis Prima & Keely SmithLive At The Sahara (04/26/05); features many previously unreleased tracks!
PBSExpanding The Funkin Universe; new from George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr. and Brian Stoltz
Rebecca BarryRebecca Barry and the Headhunters
Tin MenFreaks For Industry
BrasillianceMinha Joia
Garage A TroisOutre Mer
Shannon PowellPowell's Place
Jonathan BatisteTimes in New Orleans
Mem ShannonI'm from Phunkville (04/19/05); with guests Trombone Shorty, Jason Mingledorff and Billy Martin
Britney SpearsIn The Zone (04/19/05); DualDisc format; see more Dual Disc releases
Dirty Dozen Brass BandJazz Moods - Hot (04/19/05); from Columbia/Legacy
Various ArtistsUltimate Street Parade: New Orleans Brass Bands (04/12/05); collection w/ ReBirth, Soul Rebels, New Birth, and more
Various ArtistsUltimate Gospel Fest (04/12/05); collection w/ Zion Harmonizers, Gospel Soul Children, Marva Wright, and more
Dirty Dozen Brass BandThis Is The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Collection (04/12/05); with tracks from every album they’ve released, including four tracks from out-of-print records
Louis ArmstrongIn Scandinavia, Vol. 1 (04/12/05)
Louis Prima & Keely SmithThat Old Magic (04/12/05); DVD; collection of performances includes "Lazy River," "When The Saints Go Marching In," "That Old Black Magic" and more
Doug KershawThe Cajun Way, Spanish Moss, and Flip, Flop & Fly (04/12/05); re-issues from Doug's early days
Various ArtistsNew Orleans Party Classics (04/05/05); 2-CD set w/ Neville Brothers, Rebirth, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, more
Chris Ardoin & NuStepSweat (04/05/05)
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty NotesPain, Pleasure, Fear and Opera (04/05/05); 3rd album from hot New Orleans band
John RankinFess' Mess - w/ Eric Traub, John Vidacovich, Clarence Johnson III, and others
Burke IngraffiaIndependence, Louisiana - w/ guests Teresa Andersson, John Gros, Grayson Capps, June Yamagishi, many more
Little Freddie KingYou Don't Know What I Know (04/05/05); all new
New Orleans Jazz OrchestraStrange Fruit (04/05/05); the NOJO performs Irvin Mayfield's composiion
Kermit Ruffins w/ Rebirth Brass BandThrowback (04/05/05); it's party time when Kermit hooks up w/ former bandmates Philip Frazier, Keith Frazier, Glen Andrews, Stafford Agee and Derrick "Khabuki" Shezbie; Corey Henry and Trombone Shorty are also on board for the ride
BeelowBeelow Presents Louisiana's Sickest (04/05/05); with Juvenile and Lil' Boosie
Corrosion of ConformityEn los Brazos del Dios (In the Arms of God) (04/05/05); with Stanton Moore on drums
Big Blue MarbleStars in Suburbia; second release from hot local rock band
Brian StoltzGod Guns & Money
Aaron NevilleTell It Like It Is (03/29/05); album release on 40th anniversary of Aaron's first hit; original 1965 album has been remastered; original artwork has been restored; w/ original liner notes
Various ArtistsHot Club de France (03/29/05); includes two tracks by Louis Armstrong; read more
Rev. Prentiss LewisSongs in the Key of Salvation (03/27/05); debut from Grambling, Louisiana native
The TomatoesThe Rise and Fall of The Tomatoes (03/22/05); debut album from New Orleans punk rockers
Los Super SevenHeard It On The X (03/22/05); Tex-Mex collective features Joe Ely, John Hiatt, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Rodney Crowell, Freddy Fender, Raul Malo, Delbert McClinton, and more
Tab BenoitFever for the Bayou (03/22/05); Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Cyril Neville make guest appearances
Harry Connick Jr. (DVD)Mickey (03/22/05); family drama stars Connick and newcomer Shawn Salinas; written and produced by John Grisham
Various Artists (DVD)Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons (03/22/05); 2004 concert featured Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, James Burton, etc.
Michael 'Patches' StewartBlow (03/22/05); New Orleans trumpeter's first release for Koch Records; Marcus Miller produces, with guests MC Lyte, LeDon Bishop, Kenny Garrett, DJ Quik and Will Downing
Morris ArdoinLe Tracas de Morris (03/22/05)
Trace AdkinsSongs About Me (03/22/05); all new!
Trace Adkins (DVD)Trace Adkins: Video Hits 2 (03/22/05)
C-MurderThe Truest S*** I Ever Said (03/22/05); w/ guests including B.G, the late Soulja Slim, Akon and Capone
The Blackfire RevelationGold Guns on 51 (03/15/05); debut EP on Fat Possum Records
Los Hombres CalientesVol. 5: Carnival (03/15/05); another great collection of world beats from Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers
Better Than EzraGreatest Hits (03/15/05); plus three unissued tracks
Dash Rip RockRe-Cyclone (03/15/05); compilation covers Dash Rip Rocks's 20+ year career
Roland GuerinGroove Swing & Harmony II (03/08/05)
Various Artists (DVD)Lightning in a Bottle (03/08/05); highlights from 2003 "Salute to the Blues" features Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Neville Brothers, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, B.B. King, Solomon Burke, Ruth Brown, and many more; 2-CD soundtrack also available
Beth PattersonCaught In The Act
John SinclairNo Money Down - Greatest Hits
Leroy ThomasRight Now is Primetime
Savoy-Michot Cajun BandL'autre bord de l'eau
Buddy GuyDamn Right, I've Got the Blues (03/08/05); re-isssue w/ two bonus tracks
Paradise VendorsCandy (03/05/05); debut CD features bands' "pop exotica space rock"
Joe Krown Organ ComboLivin' Large f/ Brint Anderson, Brian "Breeze" Cayolle, Brent Rose, etc.
Rock City MorgueDead Man's Song
Mitch Woods (DVD)Big Easy Boogie; w/ Fats Domino band vets Herb Hardesty and Earl Palmer; includes bonus footage, CD, and more
Aaron NevilleGospel Roots (03/01/05)
TruThe Truth (02/22/05); Master P, Silkk The Shocker, C-Murder; follow-up to 1999's "Da Crime Family"
Lonnie JohnsonOriginal Guitar Wizard (02/22/05); 95 tracks (1925–52) from the blues guitar legend
Dr. JohnDesitively Bonnaroo (02/22/05); re-release
Blind Boys of Alabama (DVD)Go Tell it on the Mountain: Live in New York (02/22/05); with guests Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, etc.
Soul Rebelsrebelution; party with the Rebels on this all new set; w/ Bill Summers and other guests
Hot 8 Brass BandRock With The Hot 8; debut album from funky brass outfit
Mary GauthierMercy Now (02/15/05); first release on new label Lost Highway Records; read more...
Idris MuhammadHouse of the Rising Sun (02/15/05); remastered, with bonus tracks
Lee DorseyYes We Can / Night People (02/15/05); reissues
CrowbarLife's Blood For The Downtrodden (02/08/05); first release for Candlelight Records
Clifton ChenierLouisiana Blues & Zydeco (02/08/05); re-release
America's Heart & Soul (DVD)America's Heart & Soul (02/01/05); 2005 Disney flick featured appearances by James Andrews and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, plus Marc & Ann Savoy; also see film soundtrack
Various ArtistsRough Guide to Zydeco (02/01/05); nice collection with Beau Jocque, Zydeco Joe, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, John Delafose, Rockin' Sidney, Rosie Ledet, Geno Delafose, Curley Taylor, Chris Ardoin, Keith Frank, J. Paul Jr., and more
Various ArtistsNew Orleans' Funkiest Delicacies (02/01/05); features Eddie Bo, The Gaturs, Sam & The Soul Machine, The Fantoms, etc.
Ray (movie)Ray (limited edition) (02/01/05); bio of Ray Charles filmed in New Orleans stars Jamie Foxx; Chris Thomas King and other local musicians appear; two-disc Limited Edition set includes photo journal; 20 extra minutes of musical performances, and more; other versions/formats available
Allen Toussaint's Jazzity ProjectGoing Places
2 Plus 2 (Allen Toussaint)Tou Plus Tou
Kermit RuffinsPutumayo Presents: Kermit Ruffins (01/25/05); collection includes tracks from out of print Justice Records releases
Various ArtistsPutumayo Presents: New Orleans (01/25/05); with Kermit Ruffins, Nicholas Payton & Doc Cheatham, Louis Prima, Topsy Chapman, Kevin Clark, Louis Armstrong, Deacon John, Gregg Stafford, Dr. Michael White, Dr. John, and more
Sonny LandrethGrant Street (01/25/05); slide guitar whiz captured live at Grant Street Dancehall
The BluerunnersHoney Slides (01/25/05); w/ guests Susan Cowsill, Michael Doucet and Sonny Landreth
Cowboy MouthEasy (01/25/2005); re-release, with live tracks
New Birth Brass BandNew Birth Family (01/25/2005); 2004 release w/ guests Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Glen Andrews, Frederick "Shep" Sheppard, etc.
Funky Meters (DVD)Live from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (01/25/05); from the 2000 JazzFest; includes interviews with Art Neville and George Porter, Jr.
BeauSoleil (DVD)Live from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (01/25/05); from the 2002 JazzFest; w/ interviews, videos, and more bonus footage
Kirk JoesphBackyard Groove solo effort from tuba legend; with guests including Dr. John, Theresa Andersson, Donald Harrison
Fats DominoSweet Patootie: The Complete Reprise Recordings (01/18/05); from Rhino Handmade
Friday Night Lights (movie)Friday Night Lights (01/18/05); high school football drama w/ Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw (in his big-screen debut)
Suplecspowtin' on the outside, pawty on the inside
SoundtrackLove Song for Bobby Long (01/11/2005); features Grayson Capps, Theresa Andersson, John Travolta, Trespassers William, Nathan Larson, more
Wynton Marsalis & LCJOA Love Supreme (01/11/2005)
Aaron Neville & Art NevilleThe Very Best of Aaron & Art Neville (01/11/2005)
2004 CD Releases of Note
Various ArtistsDoctors, Professors, Kings and Queens -- Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans; four-CD set with 85 songs, plus liner notes, essays, and more
Neville BrothersWalkin' In The Shadow Of Life; the first studio album from the Brothers since '99s "Valence Street"
Marc BroussardCarencro; Marc's stellar major label debut
Theresa AnderssonShine; Theresa shines on Basin Street Records debut
Check out our big ol' list of 2004 CD Releases

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