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They Call Us Wild

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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The New Orleans Mardi Gras "Indian Tribe" the Wild Magnolias issued a critically acclaimed LP for Polydor in 1974. Bo Dollis, Monk Boudreaux, June Johnson, Jr., Crip Adams, Tobias Johnson, Bubba Scott, and James Smothers brought the rich, fervent flavor of New Orleans to vinyl, backed by Willie Tee's band. A second LP They Call Us Wild was released in Europe a year later but not in the US.
The present 2CD set includes the music of the 2 LPs plus tracks never released before. Also embedded in CD #2 is a high resolution Acrobat PDF file that contains a sixty-eight pages booklet describing the historical context in which the New Orleans Indian tribes developed, detailed annotations regarding the recordings, and dozens of photographs.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sunny Side Records
  • ASIN: B000QEILXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton, his brother Earl, and their New Orleans Project band were the first to provide full musical backing to the Mardi Gras Indian street chants and thus expose this culture to the world. The rhythmic dexterity behind these tunes is just stunning--and I'm especially fond of Earl's soaring soprano sax solo on "Smoke My Peace Pipe." This set contains the complete contents of "The Wild Magnolias" (1974) and "They Call Us Wild" (1975), with all bonus tracks from the 1993 CD release of the former. The 1994 CD release of "They Call Us Wild" was the first in the US--after almost 20 years! The newcomer to digital format is the single mix of "Smoke My Peace Pipe." Besides being shortened from over six minutes to 2:39, the single replaces the verse beginning with "There's nothin' like a real good high..." with more innocuous lyrics to make the tune more radio-friendly.

I have the Polydor discs, but this would be worth buying on CD for the booklet as described in the editorial review. Even so, you haven't seen Indian costumes until you've seen them in person. And on the subject of booklets--hey Amazon! When will you have digital booklets as iTunes already does?

Sadly, this work is now part of the Turbinton brothers' legacy. Earl passed away on August 3, 2007, followed by Wilson on September 11.
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First of all, I must agree with everything StatMan89 said, but feel that I must add a few things
These two albums (contained here in a double-set under one title) are among the absolutely quintessential albums recorded in New Orleans long and storied musical history.
While The Wild Tchoupitoulas album, recorded shortly after the Wild Magnolias debut, gets much attention for both the contribution of the Neville Bros. and The Meters as backing band and the presence of the legendary Big Chief Jolley, The Wild Magnolias album is the first and is a powerful and bold musical statement that has probably never been matched, and has set the tone for Mardi Gras Indian music in New Orleans since 1973.
What I must add is that in addition to the Turbinton Brothers, two of the great Modern Jazz pioneers in New Orleans, the band includes percussionist Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, New Orleans guitar legend "Snooks" Eaglin, and, of course, the completely insane, totally off-the-hook vocal stylings of Big Chief Bo Dollis, a voice in New Orleans music that can never be replaced.
BUY THIS ALBUM! If you know what's good for you. It's "guaranteed to blow your mind".
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Now, this is a some kind of musical party going down! If you are a fan of the classic New Orleans sound --- that funky mix of soul and jazz and rock, as exemplified by the Meters, Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John --- then the Wild Magnolias are right up your alley and in your groove house!

As another reviewer, Virginia Emory, noted, the Wild Tchoupitoulos album gets most of the notice and praise (probably because it featured Toussaint and the Meters), but the debut by the Wild Magnolias did indeed come first and it's every bit as lively and exhilarating, an intoxicating musical stew of guitars and saxophones, organs and drums. tambourines and congas. And the icing on the cake is the joyful singing by the legendary Bo Dollis. It doesn't get much better than this, especially with such great musicians, a cast that includes the underrated Willie Tee, Earl Turbington, and Snooks Eaglin. This reissue contains two CDs: their classic 1974 debut album, along with "They Call Us Wild" from 1975. That second album isn't quite as strong as the first one, but it still packs enough musical punch to make it a very satisfying listen.

Another parallel between the Wild Tchoupitoulos and the Wild Magnolias are the song selections. Both bands covered some of the same standards or variations of songs popularized by the Neville Brothers, including "Meet Me Boys (on the Battlefront), "Hey Pocky Away", and "Iko Iko." On the first album, the nearly 9-minute version of "Shoo Fly (Don't Bother Me)" is guaranteed to get you rocking in your chair or jumping around the room. Familiar songs perhaps, yet with an exciting rhythmic twist.

As noted in Amazon's editorial review, there is a 68-page booklet embedded as a PDF file on CD2.
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I love New Orleans and love the Mardi Gras Indian tradition and the Wild Magnolias are probably the most famous example (but don't tell the other tribes that!) This albums marries that style with some tasty 70's funk. This disc is worth buying for "Smoke My Peace Pipe" alone, but their version of "Shoo-Fly" is great. They were rapping before it was called that _ Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreaux rule! This set contains both of their Barclay recordings - the second wasn't originally released in the states and is a bit slickly produced, but the first is essential.
If you make it to New Orleans, be sure and check out the Mardi Gras Indian "museum" in Treme.
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