New Orleans Soul '60s: Watch Records

New Orleans Soul '60s: Watch Records

     
 
These are treasures from the vaults of Watch Records. Some were regional hits that were later covered by other artists, and others have through time become a part of the New Orleans lexicon, through Jazz Fest and related activities. Some of the artists are familiar, five cuts by Professor Longhair and six by the "Tan Canary"

Overview

These are treasures from the vaults of Watch Records. Some were regional hits that were later covered by other artists, and others have through time become a part of the New Orleans lexicon, through Jazz Fest and related activities. Some of the artists are familiar, five cuts by Professor Longhair and six by the "Tan Canary" Johnny Adams, but most are not known outside of New Orleans, though they deserve much wider recognition. People such as Leona Buckles, Tommy Ridgley, and Dell Stewart show what the folks of New Orleans have known for years, this is a town with that deep-felt soul that is a hybrid mixing of the blues and gospel music, exposing the heart to view. It takes many forms, from the doo wop of the Crescents & the McMillian Sisters to the hybridization of African and Caribbean rhythms combined with the natural rhythms of the streets that is Professor Longhair's trademark and with many ear-opening stops in between. Watch Records was a combination of the energies of Earl King and Wardell Quezergue recording many of their contemporaries such as Professor Longhair, Eddie Bo, and Tommy Ridgley doing what they do best. Listen to "I Want Some Money" by Tommy Ridgley and recognize the song that became a hit for Barrett Strong. The only thing to change about this most generous length disc is to give some of the lesser known people some more play time. To its credit, it for the most part stays away from the well-known songs and gives a look at some of the lesser-known gems that flowed from these artists. It is a good solid look at one of the strongest and most influential areas of New Orleans music.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
Label:
Mardi Gras Records
UPC:
0096094104724
catalogNumber:
1047
Rank:
114002

Tracks

  1. Here You Come Again
  2. Bald Head
  3. Coppin' a Plea
  4. All My Love Belongs Toi You
  5. Big Chief
  6. Release Me
  7. Love That Girl
  8. Please Mr. Genie
  9. Third House from the Corner
  10. I'm Waiting (To Give My Love to You)
  11. I Want Some Money Baby
  12. You Made a New Man Out of Me
  13. Mr. Credit Man
  14. Love Is the Thing
  15. There Is Something on Your Mind
  16. Some Day
  17. Didn't I Tell You
  18. Reconsider Me
  19. Let My Lover Go
  20. Part of Me
  21. Willie the Prince
  22. Slow Down Baby
  23. That's All She Left Me
  24. Someday They'll Understand
  25. Walk on Don't Cry
  26. I Believe I'll Find Happiness

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl King   Vocals
Tommy Ridgley   Track Performer
Benny Spellman   Track Performer
Johnny Adams   Track Performer
Professor Longhair   Track Performer
Crescents   Track Performer
Leona Buckles   Track Performer
Raymond Lewis   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer,Producer
Roy Byrd   Composer
Jerry Embree   Reissue Producer
Warren Hildebrand   Executive Producer
Professor Longhair   Composer
Wardell Quezergue   Composer,Producer
Dub Williams   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Earl Johnson   Composer

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