The Cosimo Matassa Story

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he's far from a household name, it's hard to imagine the existence of New Orleans R&B without Cosimo Matassa. As owner and engineer at J&M Studios, housed in a reworked grocery store on Rampart Street, Matassa saw the birth of R&B, rock & roll, and soul pass through his doors between 1945 and 1956, and he was responsible for the early hits of Fats Domino, Little Richard, and many others during his tenure there. This amazing four-disc, 120-track box tells that story, and it is filled with marvelous recordings that burst with energy and vitality. There's so much to be astounded at here, and not just the steady rhythmic warmth of the Fats Domino ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he's far from a household name, it's hard to imagine the existence of New Orleans R&B without Cosimo Matassa. As owner and engineer at J&M Studios, housed in a reworked grocery store on Rampart Street, Matassa saw the birth of R&B, rock & roll, and soul pass through his doors between 1945 and 1956, and he was responsible for the early hits of Fats Domino, Little Richard, and many others during his tenure there. This amazing four-disc, 120-track box tells that story, and it is filled with marvelous recordings that burst with energy and vitality. There's so much to be astounded at here, and not just the steady rhythmic warmth of the Fats Domino sides or the ferocious energy that crackles from each and every Little Richard track "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up," "Ready Teddy," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Heebie Jeebies". There's also Smiley Lewis' piano and horn rendition of "Don't Jive Me" not to mention his original version of "I Hear You Knocking", Lloyd Price's sturdy "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," Dave Bartholomew's wry treatise on barroom crime, "Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear," and Clarence Garlow's easy rolling "New Bon Ton Roulay." There's Professor Longhair's classic "Tipitina," Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters' timeless "Jock-A-Mo," the Hawks' bright and infectious "It's Too Late Now" and Wee Willie Wayne's whistle and percussion gem, "Travelin' Mood." Then there's Huey "Piano" Smith's delightfully clanging and steamrolling "Everybody's Whalin'," Clarence "Frogman" Henry's goofy and immortal "Ain't Got No Home" and Earl King's crisply rocking "You Can Fly High." It all adds up to a truly impressive legacy, and again, it's impossible to imagine New Orleans R&B without the hand of Cosimo Matassa upon it. Matassa eventually had three studios in New Orleans, including Jazz City Studio on Camp Street, as well as a record pressing plant called Superior Plastic, and the record label he started in the late '50s, Rex Records. Later still he helped set up Sea-Saint Studio. This impressive and exhaustive set tells his story, and it rocks like it means to change the world. Truth is, the sides that Matassa recorded and engineered some 50 odd years ago have already changed the world many times over. Most of us just didn't know it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2007
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021296
  • Catalog Number: 129
  • Sales rank: 19,889


Disc 1
  1. 1 Got a Brand New Baby - Little Mr Midnight
  2. 2 Four O'Clock Blues - Little Mr Midnight
  3. 3 Don't Jive Me - Smiley Lewis
  4. 4 Tra-La-La - Dave Bartholomew
  5. 5 Teejim - Dave Bartholomew
  6. 6 Agreeable Woman - James Wayne
  7. 7 Two Faced Woman - James Wayne
  8. 8 Rockin' with Fes - Roy "Baldhead" Byrd
  9. 9 Stormy Weather - Dave Bartholomew
  10. 10 My Ding-a-Ling - Dave Bartholomew
  11. 11 Reeling and Rocking - Fats Domino
  12. 12 Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
  13. 13 Chee Koo Baby - Lloyd Price
  14. 14 Sweethearts - Dave Bartholomew
  15. 15 I'm Gone - Dave Bartholomew
  16. 16 Teachin' and Preachin' - The Royal Kings
  17. 17 Bouncin' the Boogie - The Royal Kings
  18. 18 Early Sunday Morning - The Sha-Weez
  19. 19 Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear - Dave Bartholomew
  20. 20 Country Gal - Dave Bartholomew
  21. 21 Baby - Dave Bartholomew
  22. 22 New Bon Ton Roulay - Clarence Garlow
  23. 23 Got No Use for You - T-Bone Walker
  24. 24 Long Distance Blues - T-Bone Walker
  25. 25 I'm Thankful - Fat Man Matthews
  26. 26 Little School Girl - Fats Domino
  27. 27 I-Yi - Hawks
  28. 28 Candy Girl - Hawks
  29. 29 Don't Leave Me Baby - Lowell Fulson
  30. 30 The Things That I Used to Do - Guitar Slim
Disc 2
  1. 1 Well, I Done Got Over It - Guitar Slim
  2. 2 Tipitina - Professor Longhair & His Blues Scholars
  3. 3 Let's Have Some Fun (Honey) - Slim Saunders
  4. 4 Jock-a-Mo - Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters
  5. 5 I Didn't Want to Do It - The Spiders
  6. 6 You're the One - The Spiders
  7. 7 Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis
  8. 8 Baby's Gone - Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers
  9. 9 Sister Lucy - Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers
  10. 10 'Til I Say Well Done - The Kings
  11. 11 Every Dog Has His Day - Pee Wee Crayton
  12. 12 Bluesy Me - Dave Collins & The Scrubs
  13. 13 Give It Up - Hawks
  14. 14 Nobody But You - Hawks
  15. 15 21 (3x7=21) - The Spiders
  16. 16 That's Enough - The Spiders
  17. 17 Jump Children - Herb Hardesty
  18. 18 Cat Music - Herb Hardesty
  19. 19 Drunk Drunk Drunk - The Kidds
  20. 20 Ain't Gonna Do It - The Pelicans
  21. 21 I Want to Be Loved - The Bees
  22. 22 Toy Bell - The Bees
  23. 23 You Know Yeah - Pee Wee Crayton
  24. 24 Runnin' Wild - Pee Wee Crayton
  25. 25 It's Too Late Now - Hawks
  26. 26 Real Gone Lover - Smiley Lewis
  27. 27 Low and Lonesome - Boo Breeding
  28. 28 Country Woman - Boo Breeding
  29. 29 Say Baby - Willie Johnson
  30. 30 That Night - Willie Johnson
Disc 3
  1. 1 What's It All About? - Leo Price
  2. 2 Handwriting on the Wall - Leo Price
  3. 3 Mardi Gras Mambo - Hawketts
  4. 4 Your Time's Up - Hawketts
  5. 5 Eternally Yours - The Barons
  6. 6 Boom Boom - The Barons
  7. 7 Feel So Good - Shirley & Lee
  8. 8 I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis
  9. 9 Travelin' Mood - Wee Willie Wayne
  10. 10 I Remember - Wee Willie Wayne
  11. 11 Baby - Little Bo
  12. 12 So Glad - Little Bo
  13. 13 Why Fool Yourself - Bernie Williams and the Barons
  14. 14 I'm Just a Lonely Guy - Little Richard
  15. 15 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
  16. 16 Do Baby Do - Ernest Kador
  17. 17 Who's Been Fooling You? - Big Boy Myles & the Sha-Weez
  18. 18 That Girl I Married - Big Boy Myles & the Sha-Weez
  19. 19 Rich Woman - Li'l Millet & His Creoles
  20. 20 I'm in Love Again - Fats Domino
  21. 21 On Bended Knee - Bobby Charles
  22. 22 See You Later, Alligator - Bobby Charles
  23. 23 So Glad You're Mine - Charles 'Hungry' Williams
  24. 24 My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino
  25. 25 Try Rock'n'Roll - Bobby Mitchell
  26. 26 No No No - Bobby Mitchell
  27. 27 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
  28. 28 Slippin' and Slidin' - Richard Penniman
  29. 29 I'm Wise (Slippin' and Slidin') - Eddie Bo
  30. 30 Take It Easy, Greasy - Bobby Charles
Disc 4
  1. 1 Rip It Up - Little Richard
  2. 2 Ready Teddy - Little Richard
  3. 3 Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
  4. 4 Everybody's Whalin' - Rhythm Aces
  5. 5 Little Liza Jane - Rhythm Aces
  6. 6 Teardrop Eyes - The Dukes
  7. 7 Cotton Picking Hands - The Dukes
  8. 8 Rock'n'Roll Dance - Lloyd Price
  9. 9 The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard
  10. 10 Heebie Jeebies - Little Richard
  11. 11 Don't Blame It on Me - Fats Domino
  12. 12 Don't Feel Sorry for Me - Jimmy Beasley
  13. 13 Little Coquette - Jimmy Beasley
  14. 14 Down Yonder (We Go Ballin') - Smiley Lewis
  15. 15 Shame Shame Shame - Smiley Lewis
  16. 16 Oooh-Wow - Roy Montrell
  17. 17 (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrell
  18. 18 Rockin' at Cosimo's - Lee Allen
  19. 19 Stepping High - Edgar Blanchard
  20. 20 I Feel Good - Shirley & Lee
  21. 21 I'm a Fool About Your Love - Werly Fairburn
  22. 22 All the Time - Werly Fairburn
  23. 23 I'm a Country Boy - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  24. 24 Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  25. 25 Hickory Dickory Dock - Big Boy Myles & the Sha-Weez
  26. 26 Just to Hold My Hand - Big Boy Myles & the Sha-Weez
  27. 27 Oooh-Wee Baby - Art Neville
  28. 28 Back Home to Me - Art Neville
  29. 29 You Can Fly High - Earl King
  30. 30 Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings - Earl King
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pee Wee Crayton Guitar, Vocals
Snooks Eaglin Guitar
Lowell Fulson Guitar, Vocals
Paul Gayten Piano
Earl King Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Ridgley Vocals
Eddie Bo Piano, Vocals
Ray Charles Piano
Art Neville Piano, Vocals
Robert Parker Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Price Vocals
Tuts Washington Piano
Oscar Moore Drums
Dave Bartholomew Trumpet, Vocals
Jimmy Beasley Piano, Vocals
Smiley Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Billy Bland Tenor (Vocal), Lead
Justin Adams Guitar, Drums
Warren Bell Alto Saxophone
Edgar Blanchard Bass, Guitar
John Boudreaux Drums
Tiny Brown Vocals
Chuck Carbo Vocals
Cornelius Coleman Drums
Baby Davis Vocals
Fats Domino Piano, Vocals
Salvadore Doucette Jr. Piano
Wendell DuConge Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields Baritone Saxophone
Gabriel Flemming Piano
Gus Fontenette Alto Saxophone
Clarence Ford Baritone Saxophone
Edward Frank Piano
Joe Fritz Guitar
Joe Gaines Tenor (Vocal)
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow Guitar, Vocals
Shirley Goodman Vocals
Rene Hall Guitar
Herb Hardesty Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris Alto Saxophone
Waldron "Frog" Joseph Trombone
Lloyd Lambert Baritone Saxophone
Dave Lastie Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Lastie Cornet
Leonard Lee Vocals
Ernest McLean Guitar
Frank Mitchell Trumpet
Roy Montrell Guitar, Vocals
Walter Nelson Guitar
Charles "Honeyman" Otis Drums
Earl Palmer Drums
Nat Perrilliat Tenor Saxophone
James Prevost Bass
Bartholomew Smith Frost Drums
Worthia Thomas Trombone
Joe Tillman Tenor Saxophone
Alvin "Red" Tyler Baritone Saxophone
Allen Williams Tenor (Vocal)
Charles "Hungry" Williams Drums, Vocals
Alfred Bernard Saxophone
Roland Cook Bass, Vocals
William Diamond Bass
Larry Guidry Guitar
Clarence Hall Tenor Saxophone
Carlo Marino Tenor Saxophone
Raoul Prado Tenor Saxophone
Slim Saunders Vocals
Harry Simontaux Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Theriot Drums
Eric Warner Drums
Eugene Jones Drums
Ed LeBlanc Piano
Edgar "Big Boy" Myles Trombone, Vocals
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns Piano
Eddie Jones Guitar, Vocals
Leo Price & Band Vocals
Werly Fairburn Guitar, Vocals
Gerald Adams Bass
Frank Bocage Piano, Vocals
August Fleuri Trumpet
Joe Maxon Vocals
Dalton Rousseaux Trumpet
Charles Burbank Tenor Saxophone
James Wayne Drums, Vocals
Allene Matthews Vocals
Harrison Verrett Guitar
Willie Connell Johnson Piano, Vocals
Alfred August Guitar
Billy Diamond Baritone Saxophone
Clement Tervalone Bass
Joe Martin Bass
Oliver Howard Vocals
R. Williams Vocals
Albert Veal Tenor (Vocal)
Buddy Charles Guitar, Vocals
Robert "Buddy" Hagans Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers Vocals
Bernie Williams Vocals
Eddie Ray Vocals
Lee Allen Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Bill Moore Lucky Seven Band Vocals
Andrew Fisher Tenor (Vocal)
John "Buddy" Morris Baritone (Vocal)
Willie Thrower Bass (Vocal)
Roy "Baldhead" Byrd Piano, Vocals
Brown Vocals
Little Mr Midnight Vocals
Ernest Kador Vocals
Fat Man Matthews Vocals
W. Armstead Vocals
Irving Banister Guitar
George Bonney Bass (Vocal)
Elmer Breeding Vocals
Dave Dixon Vocals
Melvin Dowden Piano
Joseph Gaines Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Billy Gold Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Gordon Vocals
J.D. Vocals
Eddie Landers Drums
Ledbetter Vocals
James Victor Lewis Tenor Saxophone
Ernest Meyer Guitar
Curtis Michell Piano
McKinley J. Miller Bass
W. Moon Vocals
D. Nero Vocals
Dudley Royal Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Frank Rushing Bass (Vocal)
Julius Shakesnider Baritone Saxophone
Norman Sinegal Baritone Saxophone
Albert Weal Tenor (Vocal)
Waldron Joseph Trombone
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Guitar Slim Composer
Tommy Ridgley Composer
Lee Allen Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Art Neville Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Armand Hug Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jimmy Beasley Composer
William Austin Composer
Willie Bridges Vocal Group
Joseph Butler Vocal Group
Roy Byrd Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Ken Elliott Composer
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Composer
Leonard Lee Composer
Cosimo Matassa Composer
Roy Montrell Composer
Don Robey Composer
Eddie Shuler Composer
James H. Smith Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Alvin "Red" Tyler Composer
Aaron Walker Composer
George Whiting Composer
Al Young Composer
Peter Rynston Remastering
Charles "Hungry" Williams Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Big Boy Myles Composer
Slim Saunders Composer
Edgar "Big Boy" Myles Composer
Savannah Churchill Composer
Eddie Jones Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Werly Fairburn Composer
Alvin Taylor Composer
Frank Bocage Vocal Group
Adam Komorowski Annotation, Photo Courtesy
James Wayne Composer
Lloyd Bellaire Composer, Vocal Group
Ted Koehler Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Pearl King Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie Composer
Overton Lemon Composer
Joe Lubin Composer
Dan Robey Composer
Adolph Smith Composer
Gus Cahn Composer
Bernice Carter Composer
Ruth Durand Composer
James Waynes Composer
Karl de Lovely Composer
The Barons Vocal Group
Eddie Jones Composer
The Kidds Vocal Group
William Ray Gold Composer
James Crawford Jr. Composer
Eddie Ray Composer
Ernest Kador Composer
Elmer Breeding Composer
Four Kittens Contributor
Scrubbs Vocal Group
Arthur Neville Composer
Joseph Robichaux Composer
Lou Welsch Composer
Leo Price Composer
Frankie Adams Composer
James Crawford Jr. Composer
Joop Visser Productions Reissue Producer
Robert Blackwell Composer
Edward Wiley Ray Composer
Paul Perryman Composer
Edgar Myles Composer
Earl Johnson Composer
Antoine Domino Composer
Edwin Bocage Composer
Robert C. Guidry Composer
Allen Matthews Composer
Esther Crayton Composer
Keith Rush Composer
Joseph Danna Composer
Dave Collins Composer
Clarence Garlow Composer
Lou Ann Lock Composer
King Imbragulio Composer
William Gold Composer
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