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The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues 1955-1962
From Rock'n'Roll To The End Of The Carnival


More than any other city in the world, New Orleans has been responsible for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. Sweeping statement that may be, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock'n'roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin the early recordings of Louis Armstrong as much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. 
Discs One & Two of this set cover the classic period the New Orleans r&b and rock'n'roll and feature records which most people would now identify as quintessentially New Orleans. On discs Three & Four, we find the music on the cusp between the end of the rock'n'roll era and the birth of soul music.
The tracks on discs Five and Six reflects the final move towards more soulful productions and present the best music produced in the city before the entire scene finally scattered and the musicians dispersed in 1963-64.

DISC ONE 1955-1956
1.         Rip It Up
2.         Mellow Saxophone
3.         I’m Wise
4.         I’m In Love Again
5.         Is Everything All Right
6.         One Night
7.         Blueberry Hill
8.         Let The Good Times Roll
9.         Chicken Shack Boogie
10.       You Better Believe It
11.       Tough Lover
12.       Shrimp & Gumbo
13.       Slippin’ And Slidin’
14.       Take It Easy, Greasy
15.       Ain’t Got No Home
16.       Shame Shame Shame
17.       Last Ride
18.       Grandma’s House
19.       Little Liza Jane
20.       Blow Wind Blow
21.       Rockin’ at Cosmo’s
22.       Long Tall Sally
23.       Chicken - Wah - Wah
24.       Just To Hold My Hand
25.       Troubles, Troubles
26.       Let’s Play
27.       Oooh-Wee Baby
28.       Tell Me Baby
29.       So Glad You’re Mine
30.       I’m Glad, Glad

DISC TWO 1956-1957
1.         Monkey Speaks His Mind
2.         Lucille
3.         Why Can’t You
4.         Just Because
5.         Ooh Wow
6.         The Girl Can’t Help It
7.         Don’t Leave Me Here To Cry
8.         I’m Walkin’
9.         Free, Single And Disengaged
10.       Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
11.       Let The Four Winds Blow
12.       Rhumba Rock
13.       I’ve Got A Girl
14.       Look What You’re Doin’ To Me
15.       Oh Baby
16.       When I Meet My Girl
17.       Rockin’ Pneumonia 
& The Boogie Woogie Flu Pts 1 & 2
18.       Nervous Boogie
19.       Short Fat Fannie
20.       Keep a Knockin’
21.       Sick And Tired
22.       Sound The Bell
23.       Slow Down
24.       Directly From My Heart
25.       Dirty Woman
26.       Hey, Bo
27.       For You My Love
28.       Stepping High
29.       I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
30.       Merry Merry Lou
31.       Driving Home Pt 1


1.         Whirlaway
2.         Sea Cruise
3.         Don’t You Just Know It
4.         My Girl Across Town
5.         Bad Boy
6.         Arabian Love Call
7.         Feeling Alright On Saturday Night
8.         Oh,Oh
9.         Flat Foot Sam
10.       Honeycomb
11.       Pig Tails And Ribbons
12.       Hattie Malatti
13.       Loud Mouth Annie
14.       Don’t You Know Yokomo
15.       Can’t Let You Go, I Love You So
16.       Only Sixteen
17.       Walkin’ With Mr Lee
18.       She’s Mine All Mine
19.       Dizzy, Miss Lizzy
20.       Everytime I See You
21.       I Don’t Want To Lose Her
22.       Lottie-Mo
23.       High Blood Pressure
24.       Roberta
25.       You Can’t Stop Her
26.       Everybody’s Carried Away
27.       Pleadin’
28.       Whole Lotta Lovin’
29.       Shirley
30.       Darling
31.       Java
32.       Poinciana

1.         Rockin’ Behind The Iron Curtain
2.         Go To The Mardi Gras
3.         Be My Girl
4.         Educated Fool
5.         All Nite Long Pt 2
6.         Make You Love Me
7.         I Want To Walk You Home
8.         But I Love You
9.         Alimony
10.       I Know
11.       Sahara
12.       Cuttin’ Out
13.       Gee Baby (You’re So Fine.
14.       Knocked Out
15.       When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold 
16.       Hurry Up
17.       Come On
18.       I’ll Always Be In Love With You
19.       Would You Believe It 
20.       Snake Eyes
21.       Real Gone Jam
22.       Tootles
23.       Be My Guest
24.       Carnival Time
25.       Mercy
26.       Cat Walk
27.       What’s Going On 
28.       Yours Truly
29.       Don’t Make No Noise
30.       You Talk Too Much (alt 45 version.
31.       Chico
32.       Ici Mo-Mo
33.       Boogie Bayou Shuffle

DISC FIVE 1960-61 
1.         Ooh Poo Pah Doo Pt 1
2.         New Orleans
3.         It Won’t Be Me
4.         Over You
5.         Mudd
6.         Tell It Like It Is
7.         Darling Honey Angel Child
8.         That Certain Door
9.         Mary Lou Doing The Popeye
10.       Gonzo
11.       Double Eyed Whammy
12.       Walking To New Orleans
13.       A Man Like Me
14.       Scoop Scoobie Doobie
15.       Mother-In-Law
16.       Rocket to the Moon
17.       Across the Tracks
18.       Ammerette
19.       Suzie Q
20.       But I Do
21.       Somebody Please Help Me
22.       The Peanut Vendor
23.       I Got To Know
24.       My Girl Josephine
25.       Lonely Street
26.       Roll On
27.       Moo Moo
28.       Good Times
29.       A Certain Girl
30.       Down The Road
31.       Somewhere
32.       I Like It Like That, Part 1

DISC SIX 1961-62 
1.         Fortune Teller
2.         Behind The 8 Ball
3.         Oogsey Moo
4.         Now Let’s Popeye
5.         Popeye
6.         New Orleans Twist
7.         Let The Four Winds Blow
8.         Little Jewel of The Vieux Carre
9.         Talk About You
10.       I Got to Find Somebody
11.       Runnin’ & Foolin’
12.       Do Re Mi
13.       I Know
14.       I’m Gonna Put Some Hurt On You 
15.       Who’s Gonna Love You
16.       But I Couldn’t
17.       Always Accused
18.       Tell Me The Truth
19.       Baby I’m Wise
20.       True Fine Mama
21.       Valley of Tears 
22.       The Pot’s On Strike 
23.       Call The Doctor
24.       In the Night
25.       People Gonna Talk
26.       Land Of 1000 Dances
27.       Curiosity
28.       Roamin-Itis
29.       I’m Coming Down With The Blues
30.       Lipstick Traces 
31.       Talk To Me Baby
32.       Big Chief

After spending the last couple of months basking in the aural joy of this label's Rhythm & Blues Chronology series covering the 1940s, I've reached the conclusion that anything which comes off the Rhythm and Blues Records production line is bound for 'top of the stack' status. This exquisitely packaged 6 CD set, presented in a handy hard-back book format, pushes every button a fan of Blues, R&B or Rock “n' Roll might have. Here's 160 - yes, 160(!) tracks starting with Rip It Up by Little Richard in 1955 all the way to Huey 'Piano' Smith and his Clowns Talk To Me Baby in 1962. The journey from disk 1 to disk 6 is an education, made more so by Nick Duckett's 24 pages of comprehensive notes which forms the central section of the package. A fine collection like this will always remind us that, no matter how long you've been around and listening to R&B, there's still a helluva lot we've missed. Names which represent true rarity, often by long-vanished single record artists whose fine work may well have been buried by time but for the forensic research and digging by true aficionados like Mr. Duckett. There are some terrific items which have been hitherto unreleased, such as Leonard Carbo's I Don't Want To Lose Her, Larry Williams' Oh Baby, Tommy Ridgley's dynamic Real Gone Jam or the quirky Tell Me The Truth by the Turquinettes. In fact up to 50% of these records feature names a great many of us, R&B devotees or not, may well never have heard of, yet everything on this glorious hours-long listening spree will serve to remind us all that Chicago, New York, Memphis and L.A. may have been important spokes on the blues and rock wheel, but New Orleans was the hub. There is a unique, joyous bounce to the Louisiana sound. It emanates from the small, passion-packed studios which echoed to the rolling rhythms of Professor Longhair and the cheeky thrust of Fats Domino, both of whom feature here, as well as dozens of other luminaries such as Art Neville, Frankie Ford and TV Slim. If you can't afford the fare to New Orleans, then this is a highly economical alternative. I've been firing up my gumbo and stirring my jambalaya to these records. We could all do with a touch of Mardi Gras in our dour British winter - and these six platters will turn anyone's front room into North Rampart Street. I suppose by now youve reached the conclusion I like this. Damn right - highly recommended. ROY BAINTON

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The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Vol 1:
1921 – 1947 Jazz, Blues & Creole Roots
2CD 28 page booklet RANDB013

Disc One: When The Saints Go Marching In
1. When The Saints Go Marching In (Trad) Sidney Bechet 1949
2. Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin) Jelly Roll Morton 1938
3. Tiger Rag (Trad) New Orleans Rhythm Kings 1922
4. A Handful Of Riffs (Lang/Johnson) Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang 1929
5. Perdido Street Blues (Armstrong) New Orleans Wanderers 1926
6. Put Me In The Alley Blues (Nicholas/Jones/St. Cyr) Chicago Hottentots 1925
7. Traveling Blues (Austin) Lovie Austin 1924
8. Sweet Mumtaz (Russell) Luis Russell 1926
9. Wiggle Yo Toes (Trad) Q.R.S. Boys 1929
10. Root Hog Or Die (Morand) The Harlem Hamfats 1937
11. Runenae Papa (Trad) Horace Eubanks & Zutty Singleton 1935
12. Big Noise From Winnetka (Bauduc/Haggard) Bauduc & Haggard 1938
13. Dear Old Southland (Creamer/Layton) Noble Sissle with Sidney Bechet 1937
14. Sous Les Palmiers (Trad) The Haitian Orchestra 1939
15. Look Over Yonder (Trad) Zutty & His Band 1935
16. King Porter Stomp (Morton) Zutty Singleton and his Orchestra 1940
17. Besame Mucho (Velázquez) Edmond Hall 1944
18. Mo Pas Lemme Ca (Trad) The Creole Serenaders 1947
19. Chocko Mo Feendo Hey (Trad) Danny Barker 1949
20. Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing (Trad) Danny Barker 1949
21. Eh La Bas (Trad) Paul Barbarin 1955
22. Blanche Touquatoux (Trad) Kid Ory & His Creole Jazz Band 1945
23. Just a Closer Walk with Thee/Lady Be Good (Trad/Gerschwin) Eureka Brass Band 1951
24. South Rampart Street Parade (Bauduc/Haggard/Allen) Bob Crosby's Bobcats 1958
25. The Saints (Trad) Papa Lightfoot 1954

Disc Two: Old New Orleans Blues
1. St. James Infirmary (Trad) Louis Armstrong 1928
2. Didn't He Ramble (Trad) Louis Armstrong 1947
3. James Alley Blues (Brown) Richard Rabbitt Brown 1927
4. Crazy Cryin' Blues (McCoy/Douglas) Memphis Minnie 1931
5. New Orleans Joys (Morton) Jelly Roll Morton 1923
6. Old New Orleans Blues (Jackson) Willie Jackson 1926
7. Mama Cookie (Cook) Ann Cook 1927
8. Black Snake Blues (Trad) King Oliver 1927
9. I'm Not Rough (Armstrong/Hardin) Louis Armstrong 1927
10. Funny Feathers (Spivey/Floyd) Victoria Spivey 1929
11. Louisiana Bound (Taylor) Charley Taylor 1929
12. Bread And Water Blues (Trad) Kid Stormy Weather 1935
13. Allons a Lafayette (Trad) Joseph Falcon 1929
14. Keep A Knockin' (Trad) Milton Brown 1936
15. Deceived Blues (Trad) Ann Turner 1936
16. Cabbage Greens No 1 (Dupree) Champion Jack Dupree 1940
17. Mississippi Town (Guesnon) Creole George Guesnon 1940
18. Gran Prairie (Trad) Rayne-Bo Ramblers 1940
19. New Low Down Dog (Dupree) Champion Jack Dupree 1940
20. I'm Cuttin' Out (Morand) The Harlem Hamfats 1937
21. Sidney's Blues (Bechet) Sidney Bechet 1940
22. Just As Soon As I Go Home (Joseph) Cousin Joe 1947
23. Hackberry Hop (Soileau) Harry Choates 1947
24. Trouble In Mind (Jones) Bob Schafner and His Hot Shots 1945
25. Junker Blues (Trad) Champion Jack Dupree 1941
26. Box Car Shorty And Peter Blue (Joseph/Price) Cousin Joe 1947


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The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues
Vol 2: 1947 – 1953 Mardi Gras
2CD 28 page booklet RANDB014

Disc One: Mardi Gras In New Orleans
1. Good Rockin' Tonight (Brown) Roy Brown 1947
2. Mellow Woman Blues (Johnson) The Johnson Brothers Combo 1949
3. For You My Love (Gayten) Larry Darnell 1949
4. New Orleans Lover Man (Trad) Chubby Newsome 1949
5. Boogie’s The Thing (Bartholomew) George Miller’s Mid-Driffs 1949
6. Still My Angel Child (Mondy) Alma Mondy 1949
7. El Ritmo (Trad) Little Brother Montgomery 1947
8. Hey Little Girl (Gayten) Paul Gayten 1947
9. Mardi Gras (Lutcher) Joe Lutcher 1949
10. Mardi Gras In New Orleans (Byrd) Professor Longhair 1949
11. Carnival Day (Bartholomew) Dave Bartholomew 1950
12. The Fat Man (Bartholomew/ Domino) Fats Domino 1950
13. I'll Never Be Free (Gayten) Annie Laurie with Paul Gayten 1950
14. Whose Hat Is That (Brown) Roy Brown 1948
15. Lost My Baby (Doray) Larry Darnell 1949
16. Hey Now Baby (Byrd) Professor Longhair 1949
17. Country Boy (Bartholomew) Dave Bartholomew 1950
18. 3x7=21 (Bartholomew) Jewel King 1949
19. Bear Hug (Gayten) Paul Gayten 1950
20. Stack A Lee (Trad) Archibald 1950
21. Growing Old (Lewis) Smiley Lewis 1950
22. Dinah (Akst/Young/Lewis) Smilin' Joe 1951
23. Bald Head (Byrd) Professor Longhair 1949
24. Ah Cubanas (Bartholomew) Dave Bartholomew 1950
25. Tee Nah Na (Trad) Smiley Lewis 1950
26. Love My Baby (Turner) Joe Turner 1950
27. She’s My Baby (Bartholomew/ Domino) Fats Domino 1950

Disc Four: Going To The River
1. Junco Partner (Trad) James Wayne 1951
2. Bon Ton Roula (Garlow) Clarence Garlow 1950
3. Soon As I Go Home (Gross) Archibald 1952
4. Teachin' & Preachin' (Bartholomew) Royal Kings 1952
5. Goin' Home (Bartholomew/ Domino) Fats Domino 1952
6. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Price) Lloyd Price 1952
7. Kiss Me Baby (Bartholomew) Dave Bartholomew 1952
8. Jumpin' With Jarvis (Lightfoot) Papa Lightfoot 1952
9. The Bells Are Ringing (Lewis/ Bartholomew) Smiley Lewis 1952
10. Tipitina (Byrd) Professor Longhair 1953
11. Overboard (Crawford) Sugar Boy Crawford 1953
12. Mother's Love (Trad) The Humming Four 1951
13. The Things That I Used To Do (Jones) Guitar Slim 1953
14. Feelin' Sad (Jones) Ray Charles 1953
15. Jock-A-Mo (Trad) Sugar Boy Crawford 1953
16. Who Drank My Beer (Bartholomew) Dave Bartholomew 1952
17. Big Mamou (Davis) Smiley Lewis 1953
18. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop (Turner) Big Joe Turner 1953
19. I Done Got Over It (Jones/Kador) Guitar Slim 1953
20. Who's Been Foolin' (Byrd) Professor Longhair 1953
21. Baby (Bartholomew) Shirley & Lee 1953
22. I-Yi (Trad) The Hawks 1953
23. Down The Line (Bartholomew) Fat Man Mathews 1953
24. Mardi Gras Mambo (Levens) Jody Levens 1953
25. Rack 'Em Back (Butler) Bobby Mitchell 1953
26. Going To The River (Bartholomew/ Domino) Fats Domino 1953



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The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues 1955-1962
From Rock'n'Roll To The End Of The Carnival

1. New Orleans Is My Home Ellis 'Slow' Walsh
2. Route 90 Clarence Garlow
3. Tell Me Pretty Baby Lloyd Price
4. I Didn't Want To Do It The Spiders
5. Goin’ Down Fats Matthews
6. Feelin' Sad Guitar Slim
7. Walking To Jerusalem Mahalia Jackson
8. Crawfishin' Clarence Garlow
9. 4 X 11= 44 Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers
10. Hey Little School Girl Fats Domino
11. I’ll Never Let You Go Ray Johnson
12. Baby Please Don't Go Rose Mitchell
13. Don't You Know Ray Charles
14. The Story Of My Life Guitar Slim
15. Cat Music Dave Bartholomew
16. Blue Monday Smiley Lewis
17. Jam Up Tommy Ridgley
18. Please Don't Leave Me Fats Domino
19. Do Unto Others Pee Wee Crayton
20. Ain't No Meat On The Bone Champion Jack Dupree
21. Later For You Baby Guitar Slim
22. Bluesy Me Dave Collins & The Scrubs
23. What A Party Jesse Allen
24. Say Baby Willie Johnson
25. When The Sun Goes Down Leonard Lee
26. Ain't Gonna Do It The Pelicans
27. You Ain't So Such A Much Blanche Thomas
28. Crazy With The Heat Clarence Samuels
29. Beggin' At Your Mercy Earl King
30. Heaven Bound Train Jackson Gospel Singers

1. Ain't It A Shame Fats Domino      
2. I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis      
3. It's Too Late Now The Hawks      
4. Doing The Hambone James Booker      
5. Drunk, Drunk, Drunk The Kidds      
6. I'm Just A Lonely Guy Little Richard      
7. So Glad You're Mine Ernest Kador      
8. Little Girl Earl King      
9. Somebody Changed The Lock Lightning Junior & the Empires (Champion Jack Dupree)      
10. Mardi Gras Mambo The Hawketts      
11. I Got The Blues For You Al Collins      
12. Rich Woman Li'l Millet & His Creoles      
13. Walking The Blues Champion Jack Dupree With Mr. Bear      
14. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights Earl King      
15. Travelin' Mood Wee Willie Wayne      
16. We Like Mambo Huey "Piano" Smith      
17. Who's Been Fooling You? Big Boy Myles & The Sha-Weez      
18. Witchcraft The Spiders      
19. Heavy Sugar Lloyd Lambert      
20. I Got Sumpin' For You -  Guitar Slim      
21. Stumbling Block Champion Jack Dupree      
22. Poor Me Fats Domino      
23. Tutti Frutti Little Richard      
24. See You Later, Alligator Bobby Charles      
25. Goodbye Baby Elmore James & The Broomdusters      
26. 'Til I Say Well Done Earl King & The Kings      
27. Crying Pinegrove Blues Nathan Abshire      
28. Forty One Days Boozoo Chavis      
29. Ay-TeTe Fe Clifton Chenier      



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