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Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B Box set, Import

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New Orleans musicians have long mixed a diverse laundry list of styles from blues, Latin, pop, swing, jazz, stride piano, mainstream R&B and even a little country into the immediately recognizable gumbo known as New Orleans R&B. This four-disc box from Proper (each of the four discs in Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B, are available separately as Piano Power, The Pioneers, The Hit Makers and Hip Shakin' Mamas, Crooners and Shouters, are also available as standalone albums) provides 107 tracks from the early pioneers of this feisty, energetic and joyous music, with several selections from, among others, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Champion Jack Dupree, Dave Bartholomew, Paul Gayten and Roy Brown. ~ Steve Leggett, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dupree Shake Dance - Champion Jack Dupree
  2. Junker Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
  3. Big Time Mama - Champion Jack Kupree
  4. Byrds Blues - Professor Longhair
  5. Her Mind Is Gone - Professor Longhair
  6. Bald Head - Professor Longhair
  7. Hey Now Baby - Professor Longhair
  8. Oh Well - Professor Longhair
  9. Hadacol Bounce - Professor Longhair
  10. Longhair Stomp - Professor Longhair
  11. Been Fooling Around - Professor Longhair
  12. Between The Night And Day (In The Wee Wee Hours ) - Professo
  13. Hey Now Baby - Professor Longhair
  14. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
  15. She Walks Right In - Professor Longhair
  16. Hey Little Girl - Professor Longhair
  17. Willie Mae - Professor Longhair
  18. Walk Your Blues Away - Professor Longhair
  19. Professor Longhair Blues - Professor Longhair
  20. Boogie Woogie - Professor Longhair
  21. Longhairs Blues Rhumba - Professor Longhair
  22. Stack A Lee Pts 1 And 2 - Archibald
  23. Shake Baby Shake - Archibald
  24. Ballin With Archie - Archibald
  25. My Gal - Archibald
  26. Little Miss Muffet - Archibald
  27. Crescent City Bounce - Archibald
  28. Shes Scattered Everywhere - Archibald
  29. Mr Fool - Dave Bartholomew
  30. Country Boy - Dave Bartholomew
  31. Gert Town Blues - Dave Bartholomew
  32. Basin Street Breakdown - Dave Bartholomew
  33. Pyramid - Dave Bartholomew
  34. Messy Bessie - Dave Bartholomew
  35. Nickel Wine - Dave Bartholomew
  36. Aint Gonna Do It (Rest Of My Life) - Dave Bartholomew
  37. Good Jax Boogie - Dave Bartholomew
  38. Now That Youre Gone - Paul Gayten
  39. Backtrackin - Paul Gayten
  40. Baby Whats New - Paul Gayten
  41. My Rough And Ready Man - Paul Gayten
  42. You Shouldn't - Paul Gayten
  43. Confused - Paul Gayten
  44. You Oughta Know - Paul Gayten
  45. Fishtails - Paul Gayten
  46. Ill Never Be Free - Paul Gayten
  47. I Aint Gonna Let You In - Paul Gayten
  48. Lowdown - Smiley Lewis
  49. Slide Me Down - Smiley Lewis
  50. Growing Old - Smiley Lewis
  51. If You Ever Loved A Woman - Smiley Lewis
  52. Dirty People - Smiley Lewis
  53. Where Were You - Smiley Lewis
  54. My Baby Was Right - Smiley Lewis
  55. Good Rockin Tonight - Roy Brown
  56. Lolly Pop Mama - Roy Brown
  57. Special Lesson No 1 - Roy Brown
  58. Womans A Wonderful Thing - Roy Brown
  59. Roy Brown Boogie - Roy Brown
  60. Miss Fanny Brown - Roy Brown
  61. Long About Midnight - Roy Brown
  62. Rainy Weather Blues - Roy Brown
  63. Rockin At Midnight - Roy Brown
  64. Please Dont Go - Roy Brown
  65. Ridin High - Roy Brown
  66. Rock A Bye Baby - Roy Brown
  67. Detroit City Blues - Fats Domino
  68. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
  69. Hide Away Blues - Fats Domino
  70. Shes My Baby - Fats Domino
  71. Brand New Baby - Fats Domino
  72. Little Bee - Fats Domino
  73. Boogie Woogie Baby - Fats Domino
  74. Hey La Bas Boogie - Fats Domino
  75. Korea Boogie - Fats Domino
  76. Every Night About This Time - Fats Domino
  77. Careless Love - Fats Domino
  78. Hey Fat Man - Fats Domino
  79. For You My Love - Larry Darnell
  80. Ill Get Along Somehow Pts 1 And 2 - Larry Darnell
  81. Lost My Baby - Larry Darnell
  82. Hip Shakin Mama - Chubby Newsome
  83. Chubbys Confession - Chubby Newsome
  84. Back Bitin Woman - Chubby Newsome
  85. Bedroom Blues - Chubby Newsome
  86. Close To Train Time - Chubby Newsome
  87. New Orleans Lover Man - Chubby Newsome
  88. Miss Lollipops Confession - Alma The Lollipop Mama Mondy
  89. Baby Get Wise - Alma The Lollipop Mama Mondy
  90. Streetwalkin Daddy - Alma The Lollipop Mondy
  91. A Job For A Jockey - Alma The Lollipop Mama Mondy
  92. Boogies The Thing - George Miller And His Mid Driffs
  93. She Wont Leave No More - Little Joe Gaines
  94. Mercury Boogie - Hosie Dwine Craven
  95. Blazer Boy Blues - James Blazer Boy Locks
  96. New Orleans Women Blues - James Blazer Boy Locks
  97. Jump And Shout - Erline Rock N Roll Harris
  98. I Never Missed My Baby - Erline Rock N Roll Harris
  99. Mellow Woman Blues - Johnson Brothers Combo

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B00005QZF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Frank Camm on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Vol 1. 5 stars. Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Archibald. Nice sampler of New Orleans (NO) piano styles that make it easy to understand where Fats Domino came from. Mainly piano, male vocal with drums distinctly in the back. Many include a sax or guitar as well. Styles draw heavily on boogie-woogie at the core and add distinctive syncopation and lilt that instantly signal NO. Mambos offer an extreme version of squinky NO rhythms. Several reach into cha-cha and ska territory. At the other end, blues and R&B provide the foundation. Professor Longhair's style is crisp, clean, creative, quintessential to NO. Archibald is simpler, more traditionally down-home R&B. Archibald has a fuller ensemble than Longhair or Dupree. [78:56]

Vol 2. Dave Bartholomew, Paul Gayten, Smiley Lewis. Fascinating mix of blues, traditional pop, Latin, swing, and boogie, with R&B all around the edges and interstices. The hidden link from swing to rock and roll clearly ran through this territory, but no jump blues here. Bartholomew evokes NO only through his use of small jazz combos that bring traditional jazz to mind as they play proto-R&B. He is the closest to traditional swing of the three. Gayten is the find here, the most ambitious, with the widest range of styles. He touches Ellington, second-line, traditional pop, and blues. He finds the combination of raw roots and traditional pop that opened the way to '50s R&B, doo wop, and ultimately soul. Lewis feels the closest to NO, perhaps because he uses the piano the most, because his vocalist is most like Fats Domino, or he captures the sui generis lilt more often than the others. That said, he is the bluesiest and rootsiest of the three.
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Well, I could never write a review nearly as great as the other reviewer of this product, Frank Camm, could. But I'll give my two cents. I love this box set, it contains 107 tracks and a 56-page booklet. The booklet is excellent and well-researched, and the music is mostly great. It covers early New Orleans-style R&B from about 1941 (starting with Champion Jack Dupree) and ends about 1950. This style of music helped shape rock and roll and later, soul. Of course, we have the legends, like Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, but we also have the unjustly forgotten singers like Annie Laurie, Chubby Newsom, and Jewel King. I like the fact that most of the "hits" from the more well-known singers aren't here (like you can't find Blueberry Hill or I Hear You Knockin' on countless other compilations!).

My only complaints: three songs from Champion Jack Dupree is not enough! He was a great and overlooked piano thumper who undoubtedly influenced all others that followed. He deserved more than three songs here. And even though it is claimed that Professor Longhair's "Hey Now Baby" are just two different versions of the same song recorded years apart by different lineups, it sounds like the same song. As much as I love 'Fess, only one version should have been here, and I could have really done without the overplayed "Mardi Gras In New Orleans". Just so that Dupree could have had at least a couple of other songs here. There are eighteen songs by 'Fess and only three by Dupree, which I find lopsided. Also, Fats Domino's Korea Blues would be a much better song without that dang trumpet playing army songs. Also, Joe August's "I Cried" is laughable, with ridiculous fake crying throughout. Also, I have to skip over Larry Darnell's "I'll Get Along Somehow"...
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Not for the faint of heart, this is definitely a COMPLETE collection of these early New Orleans artists. The Champion Jack Dupree (3), and Roy Brown (13) are worth the price of admission alone. This also includes all of the Professor Longhair 1940s material from the Star Talent (Texas) label as well as the first recordings of The Fat Man (Domino) (12). The rest of the artists are nearly impossible to find these days. Roots, roots and more roots.
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