By the beginning of 1963, African-American music in New Orleans was in flux. Its happy-go-lucky R & B sound was no longer guaranteed to hit the national charts. In short, the good times in the city had run out of steam. The major issue now was what sort of music to record in the wake of the “British Invasion”. The answer of course was “soul”. Until soul became the ubiquitous African-American musical style, the music that was recorded in the city was a Louisiana gumbo of blues, R & B, gospel, swamp pop, anything and everything that might sell a few records.
This set of CDs is the story of how one city, New Orleans, with its unique, proud and energetic history came to adopt soul music and how its music producers and arrangers came to utilise the styles of soul music being made in other cities of the US and to adapt them to the rhythms and approaches that made New Orleans so different to every other soul city USA.
These CDs are also a tribute to the little labels, whose sound became the heartbeat of the city, playing out onto the streets from jukeboxes, radio stations and mom-and-pop stores selling a few 45s as a sideline. Most of the tracks on these CDs have never been released since the day that the vinyl was first stamped. This is New Orleans African-American music at its most potent. The sound of the young of the city as they heard it and played it two generations ago.

4CD with 36 page booklet



1. Messed Around (And Fell in Love ) Lee Dorsey
2. What a Wedding Day Shirley Raymond
3. Riding High Porgy & The Polka Dots
4. I’ve Heard That Story Before Tommy Ridgley
5. Tee Na Na Na Na Nay Eddie Bo
6. Ernestine Patience Valentine
7. Elephant Fair Chuck Johnson
8. What In The World Alex Spearman
9. You Told Me Willie West
10. The Laughing Monkey Robert Parker
11. I Just Told The Blues Goodbye Yvonne Williams
12. Tired Of Crying Katherine Holt
13. (Sorry) I’m Gonna Have To Pass Elton Anderson
14. Little Eva Snooks Eaglin
15. He’s Back Again Huey Smith
16. The Hip Parade Ronnie Barron
17. Where Can I Go Tami Lynn
18. A Heap See (But A Few Know) Eddie Bo
19. You Keep Her Joe Tex
20. Valley of Love The Showmen
21. When It Rains It Pours Van Broussard
22. Lover Of Love Art Neville
23. Lover Of Love (Instrumental) Art Neville Band
24. Standing On The Outside Charles “Soul” Brown
25. Oh Anna (We’re Gonna Get Married) Warren Lee Taylor
26. Fortune Teller Lee Tillman
27. I Need Your Love (Baby) Willie West
28. Ain’t No Need Merle Spears
29. Johnny Little Chris Kenner
30. I Guess Melvin Lastie
31. Second Line (Pts. 1 & 2) Bill Sinigal & Skyliners

1. Soul Train Curley Moore
2. Gravy Train Claude Shermack
3. Lover Of Love Chuck Carbo
4. Red Wine For My Blues Miss Johni Naylor
5. Hold Your Dog Oliver Morgan
6. Time For A Change Jody Williams
7. The Way You Treat Me Chuck Johnson
8. Teasin’ You Willie Tee
9. Sadness In My Heart Mildred Scott
10. The Grass Looks Greener Yonder Ronnie Barron
11. You Got The Nerve Bobby Mitchell
12. The Next Time She’s Mine Joe Tex
13. Let’s Let It Roll Eddie Bo
14. Make Up Your Mind Vic Cornish
15. What Are You Trying To Do To Me Bobby Powell
16. How Can I Reach You Ray Wilson
17. I’m Going Home Betty Taylor
18. I Don’t Have To Cry Anymore Little Hulon Vining
19. Love Is A One Sided Fight Marvell
20. Our Love Will Always Be The Same Ernest Jackson
21. I’ve Got A Song Joe Tex
22. Bad Luck And Trouble (Don’t Last Always) Katherine Holt
23. Bound For Love Mike Ancona & The Jokers
24. It’s Just A Matter Of Time Merle Spears
25. Who Shot The La La Oliver Morgan
26. Fare Thee Well Eddie Bo
27. Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day Maxine Thomas
28. I Confess Billy Tircuit
29. Olde Wine Red Tyler
30. The Ragman (Pts. 1 & 2) Wardell & The Royal Dukes

1. She’s My Drivin’ Wheel Earl King
2. Fee-Fie-Jum-Bo-Li Eddie Bo
3. The Original Crayfish Oliver Morgan
4. I’ll Whip It On You Alex Spearman
5. Fever Gee Gee Shinn
6. Never Trust A Man Marie Dubarry
7. Wake Up Jerry Foucha
8. Everything Will Turn Out Right Edward Jones
9. Whatcha Gonna Do Senator Jones
10. My Babe Art Neville
11. That’s All I Need Baby Carolyn Faye
12. Baby We Are Through Leona Buckles
13. Crescent Walk The Sonics
14. (Won’t Someone Help) This Poor Lost Soul Eva Larse
15. I Miss You Ernest Jackson
16. Danger Eddie Bo
17. I Feel Good Benny Spellman
18. Your Good Loving Chuck Mitchell
19. Should I Pay Dues Jesse Thomas
20. The Feeling Is Real George Pepp
21. She Was Wrong Walter B
22. Hurricane Betsy Ernest (Chewing Gum) Jones
23. I Need True Love Cozy Corley
24. Can You Forgive Earl Harrison
25. No More Jimmie J
26. Stagger Lee Oliver Morgan
27. True Love Was Never Meant For Me J J Wallace
28. Devil Of A Girl Gee Gee Shinn
29. Tighten Up James Rivers
30. It Ain’t My Fault (Pts. 1 & 2) Smokey Johnson

1. Get Out Of My Life, Woman Lee Dorsey
2. Baby It’s Too Late Senator Jones
3. I Know You Got Someone Else George Woods
4. I Got Love Jackie Avery
5. You’ll Never Find Another Man Like Me Alex Spearman
6. Ain’t That True Baby Willie Tee
7. Happy Feet Robert Parker
8. She’s So Fine George Woods
9. It’s Raining Booney Taylor
10. Seven Lonely Days Bobby Brown
11. Take This Pain The Soul Brothers
12. Bases Are Loaded Jesse Thomas
13. What A Night Sammy King
14. This Way I Do Curley Moore
15. Trick Bag Polka Dot Slim
16. You Need Education Charles Smith
17. He Created Woman George Pepp
18. You’ve Got Something Guitar Ray
19. You’ve Got To Pay Some Dues Willie Tee
20. Understanding Jackie Avery
21. Looking For Lee J J Wallace
22. I’m Her Only Man Joe Wilson
23. I Lost The Key Gerri Hall
24. I Got To Get It Raymond Lewis
25. Come To Me Charles Dixon
26. Sitting Down Thinking Charles Brimmer
27. I Can’t Help It (Pts. 1 & 2) Smokey Johnson
28. Coffee Pot (Pts. 1 & 2) Bo Junior