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Soul City New Orleans - Big Easy Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music 2x CD

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Title: Soul City New Orleans - Big Easy Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music 2x CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Fantastic Voyage
Catalogue #: FVDD203
Format: CD
Genre: 60s Soul, R&B
Release Year: 2014
Condition: New & Sealed

DISC 1
1. I Done Got Over It - Irma Thomas
2. Gone - Irma Thomas
3. Cry On - Irma Thomas
4. For Goodness Sake - Irma Thomas
5. Wanted, $10,000 Reward - Ernie K-Doe
6. Popeye Joe - Ernie K-Doe
7. Come On Home - Ernie K-Doe
8. I Got To Find Somebody - Ernie K-Doe
9. She Put The Hurt On Me - Prince La La
10. I'm Gonna Put Some Hurt On You - Raymond Lewis
11. You'll Lose A Good Thing - Barbara Lynn
12. I'm Sorry I Met You - Barbara Lynn
13. You're More To Me Than Gold - Earl King
14. You Better Know - Earl King
15. Mama And Papa - Earl King
16. Always A First Time - Earl King
17. Life Problem - Elton Anderson
18. Sick And Tired - Elton Anderson
19. Let's Try And Talk It Over - Tommy Ridgley
20. Please Hurry Home - Tommy Ridgley
21. In The Same Old Way - Tommy Ridgley
22. My Ordinary Girl - Tommy Ridgley
23. She's Got What It Takes - Tommy Ridgley
24. The Little Moron - Huey Smith & The Clowns
25. More Girls - Huey Smith & The Clowns
26. Sassy Sara - Huey Smith & The Clowns
27. There's Something On Your Mind Part 1 - Bobby Marchan
28. There's Something On Your Mind Part 2 - Bobby Marchan
29. I Need Some One (I Need You) - Bobby Marchan
30. What You Don't Know Don't Hurt You - Bobby Marchan

 

DISC 2 
1. Do-Re-Mi - Lee Dorsey
2. People Gonna Talk - Lee Dorsey
3. Messed Around (And Fell In Love) - Lee Dorsey
4. One And One - Lee Dorsey
5. Get Out Of My Life - Aaron Neville
6. Don't Cry - Aaron Neville
7. Let's Live - Aaron Neville
8. I Found Another Love - Aaron Neville
9. Teach Me To Forget - Johnny Adams
10. I Solemnly Promise - Johnny Adams
11. Life Is Just A Struggle - Johnny Adams
12. Showdown - Johnny Adams
13. Tra-La-La - Johnny Adams
14. You Can If You Think You Can - Martha Carter
15. Bless You Darling - Martha Nelson (Martha Carter)
16. You Talk About Love - Barbara George
17. Bless You - Barbara George
18. I Never Knew - Barbara George
19. Clap Your Hands - Wallace Johnson
20. Peace Of Mind - Wallace Johnson
21. Tell It Like It Is - Eddie Bo
22. You're The Only One - Eddie Bo
23. Check Mr Popeye Part 1 - Eddie Bo
24. Baby I'm Wise - Eddie Bo
25. Roamin-Titis - Eddie Bo
26. Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown
27. Good Looking And Foxy Too - Roy Brown
28. The Big Mule - Joe Jones
29. Take A Little Walk - Joe Jones
30. Every Night About Eight - Joe Jones

Soul City New Orleans presents records which served to establish the musical direction of the city in the early 1960s, at the dawn of the soul era. Perhaps the most glowing testimony to the city came from songwriters Frank Guida and Joe Royster in their 1960 smash hit New Orleans for Gary U.S. Bonds: Where the magnolia blossoms fill the air, you ain't been to heaven if you ain't been there.

 

New Orleans is also known as the Crescent City for its geographic shape, or the Big Easy for the city's atmosphere and pace of life, largely driven by the high humidity and the general bonhomie endemic of South Louisiana. The music of New Orleans has tended to match the lifestyle; an easy tempo with gently insistent rolling beats and a rhythm driven either by a thumping on-beat (Mardi Gras marching bands and second-line parades) or a laid-back off-beat. While the formative talent from the city's rhythm & blues years were all signed to remote labels, by the end of the Fifties things were beginning to look up in the local industry, and there was a relative wealth of labels active in the city.

 

A 60-track 2CD set, with colour illustrated booklet, compiled and annotated by soul music authority and radio presenter Clive Richardson, Soul City New Orleans features significant releases on local labels like Minit, Instant, Ric, Ron, Bandy and AFO, as well as NOLA-related recordings for other imprints both large and small. Venerable soul stalwarts, Lee Dorsey, Aaron Neville, and the Soul Queen of New Orleans herself, Irma Thomas, rub shoulders with lesser known but equally sumptuous material from Barbara Lynn, Earl King, Huey Piano Smith, Eddie Bo, Barbara George and Ernie K-Doe. Here we have vital strides at first light, the finest from the dawn of the soul era in the Big Easy. 


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