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New Orleans Funk, Vol. 2: The Second Line Strut

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like its predecessor, the long-awaited sequel to Soul Jazz's first collection of New Orleans Funk -- Vol. 1 appeared eight years earlier, in 2000 -- concentrates on the funkier side of the Crescent City, downplaying its signature R&B shuffle in favor of singles that sound more conventionally funky, at least in the '70s sense of the word. Not that New Orleans Funk, Vol. 2 is devoted entirely to unearthed gems from the '70s: it has several sides from the city's '60s heyday, as this digs all the way back to 1956 for Eddie Bo's "Hey Bo" and even bends Soul Jazz's penchant for including nothing but obscurities to serve up Benny Spellman's stone cold classic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like its predecessor, the long-awaited sequel to Soul Jazz's first collection of New Orleans Funk -- Vol. 1 appeared eight years earlier, in 2000 -- concentrates on the funkier side of the Crescent City, downplaying its signature R&B shuffle in favor of singles that sound more conventionally funky, at least in the '70s sense of the word. Not that New Orleans Funk, Vol. 2 is devoted entirely to unearthed gems from the '70s: it has several sides from the city's '60s heyday, as this digs all the way back to 1956 for Eddie Bo's "Hey Bo" and even bends Soul Jazz's penchant for including nothing but obscurities to serve up Benny Spellman's stone cold classic "Fortune Teller," deservedly a staple on most New Orleans R&B collections. Both of these selections are sharply chosen, as the clusters of polyrhythms on "Hey Bo" and the sly funky electric piano on "Fortune Teller" point the way toward the dense, snazzy, stylish funk emanating from New Orleans in the late '60s and '70s. They slide imperceptibly between the album's collection of rarities from heavy-hitters -- a dazzling, colorful "Tequila" from Allen Toussaint, "Four Corners" from Lee Dorsey, Art Neville doing a "Bo Diddley" that strips away Bo's trademarked beat, a typically cheerful, irresistible vamp from the Meters, a wah-wah drenched jam called "Street Parade" from Earl King, a really funky "The Rubber Band" from Eddie Bo -- and just plain obscurities, some by relatively-well known cult favorites like the Gaturs but many are from names that will only be known by hardcore aficionados. To most listeners, this may be the first time they hear the names the Prime Mates or Ray J or Joe Chopper or Jimmy Hicks, who serves up an answer song to Jean Wright with his "I'm Mr. Big Stuff," but they all have sides that are easy to enjoy, as do the other obscure acts here. Perhaps these are sides that aren't quite lost gems, as they tend to blend together into one heady party instead of stand out on their own, but this is all pretty hard to resist, as it's seriously funky and seriously fun -- maybe not quintessentially New Orleans, at least according to the traditional definition, but certainly it's quintessentially funky.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • Label: Soul Jazz
  • EAN: 5026328101859
  • Catalog Number: 185
  • Sales rank: 298,886

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gossip - Cyril Neville (2:35)
  2. 2 If It's Good To You (It's Good For You) - Eddie Bo (2:29)
  3. 3 Right Place, Wrong Time - Ray J (2:54)
  4. 4 Chicken Strut - The Meters (2:44)
  5. 5 Tequila - Allen Toussaint (3:10)
  6. 6 Hot Tamales, Pt. 1 - Prime Mates (2:36)
  7. 7 Show It - Betty Harris (2:54)
  8. 8 Four Corners, Pt. 2 - Lee Dorsey (2:51)
  9. 9 You Keep Me Hanging On - Bonnie & Sheila (2:42)
  10. 10 Yeah You're Right, You Know You're Right - The Gaturs (2:25)
  11. 11 The Twitch - Danny White (2:20)
  12. 12 What Do You See In Her - Inell Young (3:01)
  13. 13 Street Parade, Pt. 1 - Earl King (3:13)
  14. 14 The Rubber Band - The Soulfinders (2:02)
  15. 15 Fortune Teller - Benny Spellman (2:12)
  16. 16 Mama Said We Can't Get Married - Warren Lee (2:53)
  17. 17 12 Red Roses - Betty Harris (2:30)
  18. 18 Soul Pusher - Swinging 7 Soul Band (2:53)
  19. 19 Hey Bo - Eddie Bo (2:09)
  20. 20 Haven't I Been Good To You - Johnny Moore (2:53)
  21. 21 I'm Mr. Big Stuff - Jimmy Hicks (2:32)
  22. 22 Funky Belly - Warren Lee (3:03)
  23. 23 Hold On, Help is On the Way - R. Tyler (2:23)
  24. 24 Bo Diddley, Pt. 1 - Art Neville (2:42)
  25. 25 The Dap, Pt. 2 - Porgy Jones (3:21)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Eddie Bo Arranger
John Berthelot Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bo Diddley Composer
Leo Nocentelli Composer
Wardell Quezergue Producer
Marshall Sehorn Arranger, Producer
Allen Toussaint Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mac Rebennack Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Naomi Neville Composer
Pete Reilly Mastering
Adrian Self Sleeve Design
Stuart Baker Sleeve Notes
Raymond Jones Arranger
Bocage Composer
Warren (Lee) Taylor Composer
Gus Lewis Composer, Producer
Bonnie Perkins Composer
Edie Bobbin Sleeve Design
Dollars & Cents Producer
Bob Lawrence Engineer
Al Scramuzza Producer
Traci Borges Composer, Producer
The Band Composer
Marty Lewis Jr. Producer
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