Carnival Day: The Essential Recordings of New Orleans

Carnival Day: The Essential Recordings of New Orleans

     
 

This anthology of New Orleans R&B is a little undersold by the packaging, which lists the song titles on the back cover, but not the artists. The track listings on the inner sleeve do at least give the personnel on each recording, leaving the hapless consumer to make the final, intuitive leap of logic to deduct that the vocalist is the actual performer. At any rate,… See more details below

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This anthology of New Orleans R&B is a little undersold by the packaging, which lists the song titles on the back cover, but not the artists. The track listings on the inner sleeve do at least give the personnel on each recording, leaving the hapless consumer to make the final, intuitive leap of logic to deduct that the vocalist is the actual performer. At any rate, it's a decent 24-track grouping of very early New Orleans R&B performances, spanning 1947-1950, laying some important groundwork for early rock & roll before rock & roll had a name. Aside from Fats Domino's "The Fat Man" and Professor Longhair's "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Bald Head," it's doubtful that any of these tunes are instantly familiar to many rock and blues fans, though Archibald's "Stack-A-Lee" is the first R&B adaptation of a folk song that also provided the basis for Lloyd Price's huge pop hit "Stagger Lee." Overall it's solid, if sometimes generic and lo-fi, New Orleans R&B with more of a blues/boogie/jazz base than the more widespread New Orleans rock sounds of the last half of the 1950s, also including tracks by noted Crescent City figures Paul Gayten, Roy Brown, Dave Bartholomew, and Smiley Lewis. Professor Longhair, whether under the name of Roy Byrd or his nom de plume, is the most frequent contributor, with nine songs. Those looking for something more obscure may be satisfied by the inclusion of efforts by Joseph August, Chubby Newsome, and Jewel King.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Indigo Uk
UPC:
0766126412928
catalogNumber:
2129

Tracks

  1. Hey Little Girl  - George Pryor
  2. Long About Midnight  - Roy Brown
  3. New Orleans Lover Man  - Chubby Newsome
  4. Young Boy  - Rupert Roberts
  5. Country Boy  - Fred Lands
  6. 3 X 7 = 21  - Fred Lands
  7. The Fat Man  - Fats Domino
  8. She Ain't Got No Hair  -  Miller
  9. Bye Bye Bye  -  Miller
  10. Professor Longair's Boogie  -  Miller
  11. Mardi Gras in New Orleans  -  Miller
  12. Carnival Day  - Fats Domino
  13. Tee Nah Nah  - Herman Seale
  14. Stack-A-Lee, Pt. 1-2  - Thomas Moore
  15. Ain't Gonna Do It  - Salvadore Doucette
  16. Gorwing Old  - Herman Seale
  17. Bald Head  - George Miller
  18. Hey Now Baby  - George Miller
  19. Her Mind Is Gone  - George Miller
  20. Oh Well  - George Miller
  21. Hadacol Bounce  - Louis Joseph
  22. She's My Baby  - Fats Domino
  23. Ballin' With Archie  - Thomas Moore
  24. Hey! La Bas Boogie  - Fats Domino

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Gayten   Piano,Vocals
Lee Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Tuts Washington   Piano
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet,Vocals
Smiley Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Archibald   Piano,Vocals
John Boudreaux   Drums
Roy Byrd   Track Performer
Fats Domino   Piano,Vocals
Salvadore Doucette   Piano
Frank Fields   Bass
Robert Green   Drums
Herb Hardesty   Track Performer
Ernest McLean   Guitar
George Miller   Bass
Walter Nelson   Guitar
James Prevost   Bass
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Red Tyler   Track Performer
Chuck Badie   Bass
John "Papa John" Joseph   Bass
Jewel King   Vocals
Joe "Mr G" August   Track Performer
Emile Maurice   Track Performer
Rupert Roberts   Track Performer
Chubby Newsome   Track Performer
Miller   Drums,Ensemble

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Smiley Lewis   Composer
Roy Byrd   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Fancourt   Liner Notes
Chris Myers   Illustrations

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