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Fess: Anthology

Professor LonghairAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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New Orleans is said to be a city where having a party has been elevated from a casual pastime to a way of life. Nobody understood this better than Professor Longhair, one of the pioneers of New Orleans rhythm & blues. His influence can be heard in Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, among many others. Known for his unique mix of blues, jazz, calypso, ragtime, and zydeco, ... Read more in Amazon's Professor Longhair Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000334U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bald Head - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
2. Hadacol Bounce - Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
3. Tipitina
4. In The Night - Professor Longhair And His Blues Scholars
5. Ball The Wall
6. Who's Been Fooling You
7. Hey Now Baby
8. Hey Little Girl - Roland Byrd
9. Walk Your Blues Away - Professor Longhair And His Blues Scholars
10. She Walks Right In - Roy 'Baldhead' Byrd
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
2. Junco Partner
3. How Long Has That Train Been Gone
4. Stag-O-Lee
5. Meet Me Tomorrow Night
6. (They Call Me) Dr. Professor Longhair
7. Mess Around
8. Cry To Me
9. Whole Lotta Loving
10. Everyday (I Have The Blues)
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

New Orleans' Henry Roeland Byrd wasn't the most polished of all the great R&B pianists of the '40s and '50s, but even Ray Charles and Otis Spann rarely matched his speed. This superb two-disc set repeats the Professor's signature style--a stomping left-hand bass and a right hand that flies all over the place--on classics such as "Tipitina," "Junco Partner," and "Ball the Wall." It begins in the early '50s, when 'Fess called his band Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers, and ends with an incredible, stretched-out live version of "Big Chief" (with Dr. John) and "Boogie Woogie" (with fellow New Orleans pianists Allen Toussaint and Tuts Washington). --Steve Knopper

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 11/16/1993

Customer Reviews

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hey now baby June 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'd never heard note one of Fess' music when I bought this set. My gut said it would be good, and my gut turned out to be Nostradamus. The fact that this guy ever had trouble making ends meet is a testament to how upside down the music industry can be. I try to be sparing with the stars, and there is no doubt that this set deserves all five. This is pure good time music. The man was a party on the piano. I carried the CD with me everywhere I went for the first week I owned it. In my car, in my room, in other people's cars (I insisted, no one complained), in other people's rooms. Jerry Lee Lewis is nothing but watered down 'Fess. Take yours straight.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the most played CD I own February 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This music is the richest sounding music the human ear has ever had the pleasure of hearing. From the Hadacol Bounce to Cuttin' out to Tipitina to etc. and beyond, every cut is played with that special Rhumba Boogie shuffle with the Proffessor singing at the top of his lungs. Whooaaahhh Lalalala. A whole lotta uh uh for you. This is the joy music was meant to be. And you too will be a Fess Fan! Just ask Fats Domino and John Bonham.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Legend March 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this CD dozens of times in the last few months. Its joyous and uplifting yet still reflects some of the pain in the Professor's life. The little book with pictures and a mini biography that are included are worth the price of the 2 CD set. After listening once, you'll want to head to the Big Easy, stop at Tipitina's, and rub Fess' head for good luck. Those of you who have been there know what I'm talking about. The man is a true legend.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Oldies for the Hardcore Fess' Fan June 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you're lookin for a good mix of old school Jazz/Blues tunes, you've come to the right place. Fess' has a good list of classics ranging from hard-hitting Jazz to the soft Blues when you're in the mood. If you've ever wanted Fess' hits on one CD, here you are. Tipitina, Big Chief, Stag-O-Lee, it's all here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many nights at Tipatina's December 22, 2003
By BMoore
Format:Audio CD
No air-conditioning at Tip's then, and this is when it's the middle of summer in New Orleans, and after awhile you didn't even care anymore. With the Professor banging out the musical equal of both sugar and whiskey, life at that moment was pretty damn good there at Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas Street.

Yeah, yeah, you had to be there, but since you probably weren't, here's something for you so you can see what all the fuss was about. A little lagniappe for you at the end, too, with Fess kickin' it way big with some friends.

Meet you in the morning at the Camelia Grill for breakfast, cher. . .
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