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

Getting' Funky: Birth of Ne Audio CD
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  • 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 (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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Editorial Reviews

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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Many gems and discoveries, but often more archival 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find! Proper Records has done it again! April 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this compilation January 9, 2012
By nicbudd
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great compilation. I love New Orleans R&B, Jazz, and Blues and this touches on the roots of the modern music scene. If you like this, I also recommend New Orleans' public radio, available at [...] internet radio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B March 8, 2014
By Spike
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is History.
A very welcomed addition to my Music collection.
it touches on the foundations of Rock and Roll Music.
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