New Orleans…. home of jazz, birthplace of the funk and, some would say, of rock’n’roll. No great controversy there, but The Big Easy’s role in the history of soul music has been less well documented. Part of the ‘History of Soul’ series, this compilation of tracks illustrates the depth and breadth of music produced in the city between 1958 and 1962. Music that went way beyond R&B, taking into soul the joyous rhythms of funky second line parade bands, the gospel-based piano triplets of barrelhouse wizards and the tight horn sections of Allen Toussaint and Dave Bartholomew, whose arrangements from would later inform the classic Stax sound. The familiar names are all here: Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, Eddie Bo, Bobby Marchan but so are the lesser known but fabulous Ray Washington, Berna Dean, Martha Carter and Chuck Carbo. So prepare to be blown away by some of the most exciting, deep and affecting sounds that ever came from Louisiana and made their way into soul as we know it.

‘This is an amazing value for the price – SO MANY good songs from some of the best classic New Orleans music artists. I stumbled across this gem looking for Ernie K-Doe and discovered so many amazing hits via this compilation!’
Miss Malaprop (New Orleans blogger)


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Disc One

1. She Put The Hurt On Me Prince La La
2. I’m Leaving You Today Al Robinson
3. We Are Just Friends Earl King
4. Fair Play Diamond Joe
5. Genevieve Huey ‘Piano’ Smith
6. One Man’s Woman Martha Carter
7. Ruler Of My Heart Irma Thomas
8. Country Fool The Showmen
9. A Losing Battle Johnny Adams
10. I’m Waiting At The Station Aaron Neville
11. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Danny White
12. Pain In My Heart Al Robinson
13. Every Dog Got Its Day Eddie Bo
14. Trick Bag Earl King
15. Love You The Best Ernie K Doe
16. Willie Knows How Willie West
17. The World Keeps Changing Berna Dean
18. Sweet Jelly Roll Jessie Hill
19. All For One Willie Tee
20. Set Me Free Irma Thomas
21. I Just Can’t Take It No More Cookie Gabriel
22. Do You Love Me Little Willie John
23. Booty Green Bobby Marchan
24. She’s So Fine Big Boy Myles
25. There’s A Will There’s A Way Ernie K-Doe
26. Please Don’t Leave Me Lee Diamond
27. I Waited Too Long Eskew Reeder
28. Lonely Evening Lee Dorsey
29. Picture Of You Chuck Carbo
30. Is It Too Late The Tick Tocks
31. Something You Got Chris Kenner

Disc Two

1. Down in New Orleans Vibrations
2. Com’n Home The Showmen
3. Boys Will Be Boys Joe Tex
4. I Won’t Cry Johnny Adams
5. Ain’t It The Truth Now Eddie Bo
6. Wake Up Al Robinson
7. Beating Like A Tom Tom Ernie K Doe
8. My Head Is Spinning Ford Eaglin
9. Times Are Getting Harder The Five Knights
10. Graveyard The Blenders
11. My Baby’s Got Soul Larry Williams
12. Whip It On Me Jessie Hill
13. Out On A Limb Chuck Carbo
14. I Want To Go Home Charles Brown
15. Keep On Trying Guitar Ray
16. Money Tami Lynn
17. T’Ain’t It The Truth Ernie K-Doe
18. Come Back To Me Prince La La
19. Don’t Mess With My Man Irma Thomas
20. I Wanna Know Al Robinson
21. It’s No Use To Try Willie West
22. So Fine, So Sweet Little Buck
23. Who Are You Johnny Adams
24. Then I’ll Believe Martha Carter
25. I Want Somebody Tommy Taylor
26. The Sooner You Realize Eldridge Holmes
27. Moanin’ and Screamin’ Pt 1 Diamond Joe
28. I Need Money Lee Diamond
29. Cry On Irma Thomas
30. No Love Sweeter Than Mine Cookie Gabriel
31. Stubborn Old Me Al Adams

Additional information

Weight0.125 kg