New Orleans Funk: The Original Sound of Funk 1960-75 / Various 3xLP Vinyl
This is the definitive collection of New Orleans Funk featuring acknowledged masters next to some of the earlier artists who shaped the meaning of funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after and undiscovered funk tracks. It covers the period from the emergence of New Orleans Funk in the early 1960's through to the mid-seventies.
The record is an essential part of anyone in any way interested in Funk's record collection. It has some vital ingredients in it that you can't find elsewhere. With the sound of the New Orleans Funeral March Bands, Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and Saturday Night Fish Fries all as inspiration New Orleans Funk developed into a unique sound.
New Orleans is a port town. Originally owned by the French, this was where many slaves were brought from the West Indies. Many of these slaves came from Haiti and brought with them the religion of Voodoo and its drums and music. It became one of the first parts of America to develop a strong African-American culture leading to the invention of Jazz in the early 1900s.
A main feature of Jazz in New Orleans were the Jazz Funeral Marching bands. Solemn Brass bands accompanying a coffin would, on burial, be joined by a second line of drummers and dancers which would turn the event into a celebration of the spirit cutting free from earth. This African tradition is strong in New Orleans and still goes on to this day. The backline drums play a syncopated style that is neither on the beat nor the off-beat. It is these rhythms that are the basis of New Orleans Funk.
A1 The Explosions – Hip Drop
A2 Aaron Neville – Hercules
A3 Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band – Handa Wanda
A4 The Meters – Handclapping Song
B1 Eddie Bo - Check Your Bucket
B2 Professor Longhair – Big Chief
B3 Cyril Neville – Tell Me What's On Your Mind
B4 Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris – Love Lots Of Lovin
C1 Mary Jane Hooper – I've Got Reasons
C2 Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
C3 Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns – Free, Single And Disengaged
C4 Eddie Bo – Hook 'N' Sling (Pt II)
D1 The Gaturs – Gator Bait
D2 Danny White – Natural Soul Brother
D3 Ernie K-Doe – Here Come The Girls
D4 Dr. Joh n– Mama Roux
E1 Allen Toussaint – Get Out Of My Life Woman
E2 The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
E3 Robert Parker – Hip-Huggin
E4 Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze
F1 Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
F2 Marilyn Barbarin – Reborn
F3 The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
F4 Sonny Jones – Sissy Walk (Pt II)