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Tipitina - The Complete 1949-1957 New Orleans Recordings

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Audio CD, April 22, 2008

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Henry Roeland 'Professor Longhair' Byrd is one of the handful of New Orleans music legends above all others, ranked with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and Mahalia Jackson. Like Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and others, his greatness did not necessarily translate to hit records and sold-out performances. But, along with Roy Brown and Fats Domino, his spirit helped kick off the reawakening of New Orleans music after World War II, inspiring a host of local admirers, notably Huey Smith, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Dr. John, the Meters, and Domino himself.

Disc: 1
1. She Ain't Got No Hair
2. Bye Bye Baby
3. Professor Longhair's Boogie
4. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
5. Hey Now Baby
6. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
7. She Walks Right In
8. Hey Little Girl
9. Willie Mae
10. Walk Your Blues Away
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. East St. Louis Baby
2. Boyd's Bounce
3. K.C. Blues
4. Curley Haired Baby
5. Rockin' With Fess
6. Gone So Long
7. In The Night
8. Tipitina
9. Ball The Wall
10. Who's Been Foolin' You
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Important Artists
  • ASIN: B0013KS71U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on June 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As the title indicates, "Tipitina: The Complete 1949-1957 New Orleans Recordings" offers everything anybody could hope for from Professor Longhair's early days. These recordings come from a variety of record labels and span the late '40s to the mid-1950s. The recording quality varies but is as a whole, very good. Considering the age, these songs sound surprisingly good. During the Professor's resurgence era, he went on to cut many great albums like "Crawfish Fiesta." At the end of the day, "Tipitina" documents Fess' golden period. These are the recordings that moved the New Orleans sound forward. It's got everything you'd expect like 'Bald Head,' 'She Walks Right In' and the title track. There are multiple versions of his classic, 'Mardi Gras In New Orleans.' For completists, 'East St. Louis Baby' is the same song with different, East St. Louis themed lyrics. His bands vary and so does the sound. Certain recordings showcase the solo piano. Such songs have that signature happy blues sensibility that is such a cornerstone of the Crescent City sound. 'K.C. Blues' features some strong guitar work from one of his groups. Featured on the second half of disc two, his refined rhythm and blues recordings bring to mind Fats Domino. This release hosts a balance of standards and obscure gems. At two discs and almost 50 songs, "Tipitina" clearly doesn't work as a 'best of' collection. As it turns out, there are many recordings like "Mardi Gras In Baton Rouge" which offer a sampling of Fess. "Tipitina: The Complete 1949-1957 New Orleans Recordings" offers listening satisfaction to the Professor Longhair completist.
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