In New Orleans

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Willy DeVille's In New Orleans compiles two recordings the singer and songwriter issued for two different labels: Victory Mixture, released on Sky Ranch in 1990, and Big Easy Fantasy, released by Wotre Records in 1995. The former album was cut at the legendary Sea Saint Studios with a cast of NOLA all-stars including Dr. John, the Meters' George Porter and Leo Nocentelli, Eddie Bo, Wayne Bennett, Allen Toussaint, and more. It's a collection of both well-known and obscure New Orleans tunes from the R&B canon. DeVille's performance in this unlikely setting -- his first independent recording date -- is remarkable. He retains his trademark, old-school soul-rock style and ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Willy DeVille's In New Orleans compiles two recordings the singer and songwriter issued for two different labels: Victory Mixture, released on Sky Ranch in 1990, and Big Easy Fantasy, released by Wotre Records in 1995. The former album was cut at the legendary Sea Saint Studios with a cast of NOLA all-stars including Dr. John, the Meters' George Porter and Leo Nocentelli, Eddie Bo, Wayne Bennett, Allen Toussaint, and more. It's a collection of both well-known and obscure New Orleans tunes from the R&B canon. DeVille's performance in this unlikely setting -- his first independent recording date -- is remarkable. He retains his trademark, old-school soul-rock style and somehow melds it seamlessly into the NOLA tradition. Standouts include fine readings of Ernie K-Doe's "Beating Like a Tom-Tom," Earl Kit Carson's "Big Blue Diamonds," and Toussaint's "Hello My Lover." Big Easy Fantasy, the latter album and the rarest in DeVille's catalog, is a rather confusing yet satisfying compilation -- of sorts. It contains six unissued concert performances that were originally to be included on his Live album, and one track left off the Victory Mixture sessions, as well as another studio number that never found a home on Backstreets of Desire. Of the live tracks, there are three versions of tunes from Victory Mixture including "Key to My Heart," "Every Dog Has Its Day," and "Hello My Lover." All of them superior to the studio takes. These and "Jump City," "Iko Iko," and "Meet the Boys on the Battlefront" were cut in concert in New York and Paris, with Bo and members of the Wild Magnolias. Of the two studio numbers, one is a stellar reading of Jack Dupree's "Junker's Blues," and an original, "Just Off Decatur Street," that were later overdubbed in Los Angeles around the time of his DeVille's Backstreets of Desire album. Horns were overdubbed onto the original masters and Chris Spedding overdubbed a dobro on the latter. What's most amazing about Big Easy Fantasy was that it was issued without the approval of DeVille. All of this said, In New Orleans demands consideration because of the rejuvenation of DeVille's musical persona. These are inspired recordings, full of crackling energy that highlights a top-shelf artist who, even when written off, could rise to and thrive in virtually any situation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667429528
  • Catalog Number: 6742952

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello My Lover (3:31)
  2. 2 It Do Me Good (3:05)
  3. 3 Key to My Heart (3:38)
  4. 4 Beating Like a Tom-Tom (4:17)
  5. 5 Every Dog Has Its Day (2:35)
  6. 6 Big Blue Diamonds (2:54)
  7. 7 Teasin' You (3:31)
  8. 8 Ruler of My Heart (2:45)
  9. 9 Who Shot the La-La (2:58)
  10. 10 Junkers Blues (3:18)
  11. 11 Just Off Decatur Street (4:24)
  12. 12 Jump City - The Brass Attack Horns (5:47)
  13. 13 Every Dog Has Its Day - The Brass Attack Horns (2:12)
  14. 14 Hello My Lover - The Brass Attack Horns (3:46)
  15. 15 Key to My Heart - The Brass Attack Horns (4:38)
  16. 16 Iko Iko - The Brass Attack Horns (5:20)
  17. 17 Meet the Boys on the Battlefront - The Brass Attack Horns (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willy DeVille Primary Artist
Eddie Bo Piano, Vocals
Barbara George Background Vocals
Chris Spedding Dobro
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Sammy Berfect Hammond Organ
Isaac Bolden Piano
Kerry Brown Drums
Rene Coman Bass
Theodore "Bo" Dollis Tambourine, Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Norwood Johnson Bass Drums, Vocals
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Valerie Mayo Background Vocals
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Lon Price Tenor Saxophone
Allen Toussaint Piano
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
YaDonna Wise Background Vocals
Mac Rebennack Piano
Keith Fazarde Vibes
Allison Miner Background Vocals
The Valentines Background Vocals
Ross Brady Background Vocals
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Tambourine, Vocals
Porgy Jones Trumpet, Tambourine
George Porter Bass
Billy Gregory Guitar
Brian "Breeze" Coyolle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Frederick Koella Guitar
Dereme Wise Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Earl King Composer
Willy DeVille Arranger, Composer
Carlo Ditta Producer
Marc Hewitt Engineer
Philippe Rault Producer, Memorabilia
Allen Toussaint Composer
Clarence Reggie Toussaint Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Claude Gassian Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Naomi Neville Composer
Earl "Kit" Carson Composer
Barry Kaiser Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Traditional Composer
Dirk W. De Jong Photo Courtesy
Garth Cartwright Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Ernest Kador Composer
Roger Branch Engineer
Jack Dupree Composer
Huey Smith Composer
Gurrie Van Brug Memorabilia
Brenda Brandon Composer
Thomas Terry Composer
Theodore Dollis Arranger
Joseph Boudreaux Arranger
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