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New Orleans is a city defined by its unique and colorful history. It's for that reason that most tend to view the place as something of a musical museum while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music. In New Orleans, the hip-hop at the heart of today's culture emerged from an energetic, highly eroticized and occasionally gender-bending music called "bounce". ... Read more in Amazon's Galactic Store

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  • Audio CD (February 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B0030OJPA4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Galactic have made what may be the definitive New Orleans Tribute With YA-KA-MAY, by recognizing this fundamental truth; that all of the town's seemingly disparate styles jazz, brass bands and funk as well as the newer bounce/hip hop are intrinsically linked.

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The rest of the album holds up.
Ian Hogan
I suggest anyone ready for a great time and good listenen should buy this album!!
Shelby Padilla
Great variety of New Orleans funk!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott Crippen on February 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
For the second time Galactic has invited guests along for their most New Orleans-centric album to date. Unfortunately, I found a majority of the album fell short this time (along with their last release). There are some great songs on here though I recommend..Boe Money (feat. Rebirth), Heart of Steel (feat. (the great!) Irma Thomas), Dark Water, & Do It Again. For the second time we are treated to a single (very short) instrumental by the band itself which is a disappointment. Having followed the band since their debut album Coolin' Off I'm looking forward to another album that is closer to their earlier releases.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 9, 2010
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Funk has come,funk has gone and over time it's come disguised and other times full blown. Nontheless no matter what happens it somehow ends up back in New Orleans. The first time I heard Galactic was when they burst onto the scene with their excellent Meters-like debut album Crazyhorse Mongoose. Over the years they've adapted their sound more and more to the hip-hop/funk crowd with a lot psychedelic touches. This album comes full circle with all of that. This is a guest oriented recording but there's an interesting catch: most of the participants are going to be somewhat unknown and all come from the New Orleans area. The biggest known guests are Irma Thomas and needless to say Allen Toussaint (is it really possible to make ANY album in that city without him?) and both are tremendous highlites in Irma's bluesy jam of "Heart Of Steel" and the chugging funk of "Bacchus". Even though no one else on the album is a big name there are some great new funk tunes in "Cinermascope" and "Speaks His Mind". These songs bring it all together not just from some hip-hop style rhythms to the Sly Stone,Miles Davis and Norman Whitfield that inspired them. It may sound something like The Roots but their is a difference. These compositions are not only strong but never dwell in any way on "live music naturalness",a subject I've discussed many times in my reviews. There's excellent production throughout this entire album,from reverb to echo for some exciting funk sounds and not only that everything from blues,jazz even to the African style sounds that once came out of Congo Square.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. Wolf on April 17, 2010
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I own most Galactic albums- but this is really different- very Hip-Hop centric- or New Orleans Bounce style.
I enjoy some songs more than others; but some of the language is pretty strong. There are about 2 really good songs- non hard core hip hop that are good. but then again this band makes their sound match who ever is going to be leading/vocalizing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike OBrien on March 17, 2011
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First....buy this album! Sit back and enjoy. By this time, hopefully, Galactic will be playing in a town near you! If they are.....GO SEE THEM!! If they aren't, then start buying more albums, listen, and wait for them to come close to you! When you see Galactic you will truly be treated to a rare event! Galactic is one of those bands that is new yet spans generations with their talent and depth. This is evident from the singers that have toured with the band. It is currently Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers. (Yes, that Neville brothers) The band puts on a great show and keeps the audience grooving for the entire show. What else can be said, nothing, it must be experienced!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ross on August 22, 2010
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I really enjoy this album and all the styles it brought together. I have a few other Galactivc Albums (Late for the Future and Crazyhorse Mongoose) which I listen to from time to time but this one got about ten consecutive plays. I was looking for a new album to listen to that didn't sound like other music I'd been listening to recently and this fit the bill. Full of energy (horns certainly help with that).... the only issue I would have is with the repeating vulgarities in "Do it Again" which don't bother me but do influence who I could recommend this album to (and I need to be careful if the kids are around to skip those tracks).
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pretzel on March 4, 2010
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I was excited when I received word the new Galactic album was coming out soon. I have purchased every Galactic Album since band inception (and most band side projects and solo albums), plus I own many live recordings and have seen in concert over twenty times. I consider Galactic one of my favorite bands, but overall I was disappointed with the album as a whole. There are many great songs and guest singers on the album, however, there are many bad hip hop songs including offensive lyrics (hey Mother F. Hey Mother F.).

Please listen to song samples of every song before you purchase this album. I will admit that I prefer the older albums with strong instrumentals and the Houseman on vocals. One of my friends summed it up after the last album when they said "Galactic has turned into a back up band for mediocre Hip Hop artists."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Homeschooler on May 29, 2010
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Apparently most of the fans from the "old days" don't appreciate progress. This album is great...it is soulful, funky, enthralling, and energizing. Don't get stuck in a rut -- this is talent and creativity. Go with it. I think the only one I could do without is Katey vs. Nobby and I wish there was a clean version (so the kids can listen to the whole album) but otherwise A+. I like the vocals, but would love an instrumental album with this intense feel too.
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