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Sing Me Back Home
     

Sing Me Back Home

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by The New Orleans Social Club
 
The communal aspect of New Orleans music has never been more obvious than in the slew of ensuing projects that arose out of the Katrina disaster. Coming together for this affecting and funky assemblage of Big Easy talent are such stalwarts as Irma Thomas, Ivan and Cyrille Neville, George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentelli of the Meters, Henry Butler, the Subdudes, and, of

Overview

The communal aspect of New Orleans music has never been more obvious than in the slew of ensuing projects that arose out of the Katrina disaster. Coming together for this affecting and funky assemblage of Big Easy talent are such stalwarts as Irma Thomas, Ivan and Cyrille Neville, George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentelli of the Meters, Henry Butler, the Subdudes, and, of course, Dr. John, the very embodiment of New Orleans for many people. Katrina has evoked mixed feelings from the indigenous musical community, as righteous anger over official mismanagement has combined with a deep civic pride over the city’s unique culture. These dual feelings resonate throughout Sing Me Back Home. Thus, we find the rousing "Jesus on the Main Line/I'm Walking/The Saints" medley by the Sixth Ward All-Star Brass Band Revue and the Mighty Clouds of Joy’s “99 ½ Won’t Do” juxtaposed with the heartfelt fury of Ivan Neville’s take on the John Fogerty classic “Fortunate Son” and Cyril Neville’s yearning “This Is My Country,” originally recorded by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. The feel in general, though, revels in the funk to remind us that good times are here to blow away the bad times. The resilient spirit that exudes from such performances as Dr. John’s “Walking to New Orleans,” Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball’s “Look Up” and Henry Butler’s “Somewhere” is testament to the grit and glory of New Orleans music itself.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Make no mistake, the title of this album, Sing Me Back Home, is about as literal as a title can get. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina many New Orleans residents found themselves scattered all over the country with little or nothing left of their homes to go back to, and this included any number of musicians, some of whom found solace and shelter in the musical community of Austin, TX, where they formed, at least for the purposes of this album, a loose-knit confederation called The New Orleans Social Club. Sing Me Back Home is the Social Club's attempt to do just that, to get back home, at least musically. The tracks run the emotional gamut, from resignation to pride, hope, anger, and defiance, all given continuance by the presence of the Meters' rhythm section (bassist George Porter, Jr. and guitarist Leo Nocentelli, with drummer Raymond Weber, and if a certain sense of displacement is the tangible theme here, the music itself does an amazing job of conjuring New Orleans anew, at least for the hour the CD is spinning. Cyril Neville's opening cover of Curtis Mayfield's "This Is My Country" sets the tone, reminding government agencies that entitlement does not vanish with displacement. Henry Butler's piano version of "Somewhere" from West Side Story makes the song even more wistful, and his whispery, halting vocal seems to carry as much unsaid doubt as certainty, giving the song a fragile, heart-stopping appeal. The Subdudes' take on Earl King's "Make a Better World" is both a statement and a challenge. Irma Thomas revisits "Look Up," which she first recorded in 1960 when she was still a teenager, with piano and vocal help from Austin's Marcia Ball. Dr. John's "Walking to New Orleans" takes on a completely literal cast in the wake of the Katrina devastation. One of the most striking tracks on an album that is full of striking tacks is John Boutté's delicate reading of Annie Lennox's "Why," with lines like "oh the little funky town/that's where I live/don't know why/you want to chase me away" echoing with an eerie poignancy over an insistent reggae rhythm. Many of these musicians may never return to New Orleans, for Katrina left a social and economic devastation equal or greater than the physical destruction to the city, but during the sessions for Sing Me Back Home, at least, each of these musicians did go back home. The evidence is here.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Burgundy S
UPC:
0828768058923
catalogNumber:
80589
Rank:
64716

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Orleans Social Club   Primary Artist
Dr. John   Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Ivan Neville   Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Charles Neville   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Amedee   Drums,Background Vocals
Tim Cook   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Bass Drums
Corey Henry   Trombone
John Magnie   Accordion,Background Vocals
Cyril Neville   Vocals
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
George Porter   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Malone   Guitar,Vocals
Jeffrey Hills   Tuba
John Boutté   Vocals
Jimmy Messa   Bass
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux   Vocals
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Ivan Neville   Arranger,Composer
Charles Neville   Arranger
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Steve Amedee   Arranger
Ray Bardani   Producer,Engineer
Tim Cook   Arranger
Fats Domino   Composer
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Arranger
Corey Henry   Arranger
John Magnie   Arranger
Ziggy Modeliste   Composer
Cyril Neville   Arranger
Leo Nocentelli   Arranger,Composer
George Porter   Arranger,Composer,Musical Director
Leo Sacks   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tommy Malone   Arranger
Jeffrey Hills   Arranger
Robert Guidry   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Wilson Turbinton   Composer
Arthur "Red" Neville   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jimmy Messa   Arranger
Glenn Hoffman   Producer
Mark Birnbaum   Camera Operator

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Sing Me Back Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves New Orleans and its music will find the very soul of the city in this album. Living music legends got together to share one simple wish: to go back home. And they spoke -and sung- on behalf of thousands of displaced citizens. Beautiful, moving, impecable. It brought to my eyes tears of joy, anger and hope, all mixed together. The most beautiful album I heard in years. A must have.