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In 1977, the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early ... Read more in Amazon's Dirty Dozen Brass Band Store

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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000GRTQS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What’s Going On—featuring Chuck D
2. What’s Happening Brother—featuring Bettye LaVette
3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love—featuring Ivan Neville
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)—featuring G. Love
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)—featuring Guru

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On August 29, the first anniversary of Hurrcane Katrina, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will release their interpretation of Marvin Gaye's classic LP What's Going On. Thirty-five years after its original release, the political and social themes of the album are just as relevant as ever. Along with many others along the Gulf Coast, the members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band lost their homes to Katrina. Their take on What's Going On is not only an attempt to express their feelings about this tragedy and other current events, but also a tribute to the spirit of their hometown of New Orleans.

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Of all the life-affirming music made in response to Hurricane Katrina, this is perhaps the most radical achievement--a recontextualizing of Marvin Gaye's early-'70s classic in the wake of the devastation of New Orleans. Joining the Crescent City's leading brass band are an array of guest singers who give the interplay a different dynamic from Gaye's silky sophistication. From the harder edge that Public Enemy's Chuck D gives the opening title track through the redemptive prophecy provided by Guru on the closing "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," the album takes the spirit of Gaye's social commentary and adds a contemporary twist. Among the other highlights, Bettye LaVette wrings every ounce of soul from "What's Happening Brother," Ivan Neville leads the call-and-response spirituality of "God Is Love," and the Dirty Dozen transform "Save the Children" into a symphony of syncopation and saxophones. Released to mark the first anniversary of the hurricane, with some proceeds benefitting relief efforts, the album deserves to have the staying power of Gaye's original. --Don McLeese

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Davis on November 30, 2006
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Combining superlative musicianship, the inspiration of Marvin Gaye's original album, the immediacy of the new arrangements, contributions from legendary guest artists, and the enormity of the calamity (Hurricane Katrina) that inspired this undertaking, this is a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L recording!

And not just because of the good intentions.

Anyone who is in tune with Marvin's vibe ie anyone who's got S-O-U-L, will appreciate and enjoy the groove on this jam.

If I'm mixing metaphors, I apologize. Just a caucasian dude with a lifelong love of soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PM on August 11, 2013
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Great tribute to the masterpiece of Marvin Gaye. Very beautiful compositions.
Masters of rythm, phrasing, feeling , beautiful instruments tone.
The bass player is awesome.
Serious music for dramatic circonstances . But vitality, hope and emotion.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 313 dobson on June 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Since my son plays the tuba a friend suggested this cd to me and I think it is wonderful. He makes the tuba sound like a guitar!! we love it.
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