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Wild Tchoupitoulas

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Audio CD, March 19, 1991
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Mardi Gras remains one of America's most other-worldly cultural riots, never more exotic than in the beaded, feathered spectacle of New Orleans' black "Indian" tribes. Each year they stir the city's African, Native American, and European influences into an intoxicating gumbo roiling with syncopated rhythms and coded with their own sense of the festival's competitive spirit. It's that tradition that explains this deliriously infectious 1976 project, which magnifies the Tchoupitoulas' fanny-shaking bravado with a formidable studio crew helmed by producer Allen Toussaint, who enlisted the Neville Brothers and the Meters to give these tracks a kinetic R&B push-and-pull. With the Nevilles' choral vocals fleshing out traditional chants, this is funky prancing of the highest order, from the infectious "Brother John" to a ripe remake of the Meters' "Hey Pocky A-Way." One need only hear the tough bragging of "Meet the Boys on the Battlefront," with its promise that "the Wild Tchoupitoulas gonna stomp some rump," to get the outrageous picture. --Sam Sutherland


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  • Audio CD (March 19, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Island
  • ASIN: B000003QKN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on June 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Good goshamighty it's good to see this out on CD. This magnificent testament to the power of the Mardi Gras Indian music scene featured all four Neville Brothers performing together for the first time. Throw in The Meters fonky rhythm section and guitarist and you've got one heck of a backing band. The Tchoupitoulas themselves were older gentlemen, most of whom, their leader and the Neville's uncle George Landry included, have passed away since the record was cut. But luckily for us, in addition to spawning The Neville Brothers band, they left behind this butt burnin' document to remember them by. Do the songs all sound kind of the same? Yeah, but what a sound it is! New Orleans funky gumbo and war chants that'll have your party guests up and dancing in milliseconds. Put away the good china. Warning! Play this one in your car and your right foot starts to tap to that irresistable beat and pretty soon your car's doin' a stop and go rhumba down the road, and you'll have to explain why to the state trooper. But if he's got ears at all he'll hear it for himself and tear up the ticket. It's contagious after all. This one's another desert island disc cuz on my island we like to groove.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although they're from New Orleans, The Wild Tchoupitoulas sounds almost like a hybrid of World Music and R&B. The excellent rhythm section drives the music in a wild mutation of New Orleans R&B, funk and what sounds like early Jamaican influences. The harmonies are great throughout and the songs all blend into each other in an undulating festive stream of sound. When listening, I often recall early R&B like Sugarboy Crawford's "Jock-O-Mo" that later became the standard "Iko Iko." But it's rough and raw vocals, very unlike the polished sound of the Neville Brothers on eg. their version of "Bird on a Wire." This is a joyful and seamless blend of styles that lifts the spirit.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Darren Dunn on June 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This 23 year old release features all the elements of a great funk record. All the Nevilles are here, Allen Toussaint, (once known as Naomi Neville) produces, Leo, George Porter & Zigaboo from the Meters are here, as well. Big Chiel Jolly wrote a lot of the songs that are performed by all the Mardi Gras Indian tribes now. This is the album that started it all, as far as I'm concerned. The Wild Magnolias have upped the tempo, and the Flaming Arrows have incorporated the wildnees, but no one tops the Wild Tchoupitoulas funk. This album contains the best recorded "Indian Red", and "Hey Mama" is unique to this outfit. While you may have heard Neville Brother versions of some of these tunes, you must hear them performed by Geoge "Jolly" Laundry. Buy this cd and learn how to rock.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Max on September 6, 2012
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Classic. Period. Essential New Orleans tradition and funk.

This was the first recording that the Neville Brothers did together, along with members from the legendary Meters. Also on the recording is the Neville's uncle, Charles Landry, who was a Mardi Gras Indian Chief of the Wild Tchoupitoulas tribe. Producing is Allen Toussaint (another New Orleans legend) along with Arthur and Charles Neville. The songs feature call and response, as well as vocabulary of the New Orleans area and Mardi Gras Indians. Spending the time to look up the story of Mardi Gras Indidans in New Orleans will put this music into time, place and tradition for you. But if you don't want to invest the time, here is a synopsis:

Legend has it that when New Orleans, and Louisianna, were under French rule, the French suffered a bad year with little food available. They gave their slaves the "freedom" to find food where they could. Many slaves were taken in by Indian tribes, who helped them to survive. As a tribute to those Indians, the tradition of parading dressed as Indians (at Mardi Gras) grew in the New Orleans black communities.

But Mardi Gras Indians do not "parade" during carnival in the same manner as white krewes. Most white Mardi Gras krewes had exclusive membership for years (no blacks), and many blacks would not be available to parade with them because they would be working the parties that surrounded Mardi Gras. So Mardi Gras Indians usually paraded unannounced, without floats, accompanied by their self-proclaimed "tribe". Although some of the songs (which are stylized versions of chants) belong to the tradition, each tribe will have trademark chants and song lyrics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Just a spectacularly great New Orleans Funk album. People who don't know the genre or care about genres ask, "What is this? Who are these guys?" It's the album I'd enter a burning building to save. It's the album I'd walk over my dead mother to get. It's the album I'd give up beer to save. I wore out my taped copy of it. It's infectious. It's catchy, eye-opening, horizon-expanding. It's tight, it's loose, it's in your caboose.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on November 12, 2001
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The only complaint I have of this otherwise perfect New Orleans album is that it is too short, only 30 minutes or so. Every song is Big Easy Mardi Gras fun though. The Meters(who made and still make great funky solo albums) provide the music, the soon to be Neville brothers provide backing vocals, produced by Allen Toussaint, and the Tchoupitoulas(you'll know how to pronounce it after hearing them chant it) chant the lead vocals. Party music cajun style, southern tribal funk and all with a great sense of humor and fun. The Wild Tchoupitoulas along with Prof. Longhair and of course Dr. John belong in all record collections of any spicy depth.
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