The Essential Cyril Neville 1994-2007

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Being the youngest of the Neville Brothers would never prevent Cyril Neville from being the person he is, carrying on in the tradition of his more famous siblings. In fact, he not only embellishes on the historic New Orleans sound, he adds a little spice, psychedelic rock & roll, and deep blues. Cyril Neville may be a less rough-edged singer than his elders, not to the extent of senior Aaron Neville, but he is more instrumentally inclined as he dishes out roots/party-style piano on this feel-good compilation from his small discography for the M.C. label. Of course there are many gems, like the finger-poppin' bass-driven tribute to Professor Longhair, "Tipitina"; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Being the youngest of the Neville Brothers would never prevent Cyril Neville from being the person he is, carrying on in the tradition of his more famous siblings. In fact, he not only embellishes on the historic New Orleans sound, he adds a little spice, psychedelic rock & roll, and deep blues. Cyril Neville may be a less rough-edged singer than his elders, not to the extent of senior Aaron Neville, but he is more instrumentally inclined as he dishes out roots/party-style piano on this feel-good compilation from his small discography for the M.C. label. Of course there are many gems, like the finger-poppin' bass-driven tribute to Professor Longhair, "Tipitina"; the pure pop "New Orleans Cookin'"; and the famous "Fortune Teller," a live ballad talking about "heroes and sheroes," penned by Naomi Neville, the alias of Allen Toussaint. A hard funk version of "Foxy Lady" scorches the earth instrumentally, but Neville takes it much slower vocally, while Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is done as a gospel soul tune. The remainder of the material is typical Neville, ranging from Latin plus funk to shuffle, a Native American Indian tribute, choral, commercial dance music à la disco, and even multi-layered rap ("Projects") and smooth jazz before the disc ends. The first number, "The Blues Is Here to Stay," might throw you off in its individual get-down blues, a lyric reference to Elmore James, and Taj Mahal's cameo appearance on harmonica. Certainly Cyril Neville has his pick of the litter as sidemen, including Toussaint, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Marva Wright, Big Chief Iron Horse, saxophonist Tim Green, and no less than six fellow Nevilles. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better short stack of recognizable numbers or surprises from this first family of Crescent City icons, led by the least-known but well-reared one of the bunch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: M.c. Records
  • UPC: 607735006521
  • Catalog Number: 65
  • Sales rank: 115,614

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Blues is Here to Stay (4:57)
  2. 2 Foxy Lady (4:57)
  3. 3 Tipitina (5:11)
  4. 4 Ayiti (4:24)
  5. 5 New Orleans Cookin' (4:06)
  6. 6 Fortune Teller (8:02)
  7. 7 Indians Got That Fire (4:29)
  8. 8 The Times They Are A-Changin' (6:56)
  9. 9 Projects (3:55)
  10. 10 Hearts Desire (4:27)
  11. 11 Funkaliscious (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cyril Neville Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Taj Mahal Guitar, Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Art Neville Guest Appearance, Hammond B3
Ivan Neville Keyboards, Guest Appearance, Hammond B3
Marva Wright Vocals, Guest Appearance
James Andrews Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Allen Toussaint Piano, Guest Appearance
YaDonna Wise Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Willie Green Drums
Jason Neville Rap, Guest Appearance
Ricky Caesar Drums
Frederick Sheppard Saxophone
Norman Caesar Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
George Rossi Piano
Omari Neville Percussion, Rap
Nick Daniels Bass, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Theryl DeClouet Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Earl Smith Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bass Heavyu Bass
Tim Green Saxophone
Charles Moore Bass, Guitar
Soul Rebels Brass Band Guest Appearance
Gaynielle Neville Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Holly Grove Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gerald Trinity Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
George Sartin Guitar
Dane Ruffins Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Big Chief Iron Horse Chant, Guest Appearance
Lyrica Neville Background Vocals
The 13th Ward Funky Knuckle Choir Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Stack Man Saxophone
Reginal Doster Guitar
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Jerry Moran Graphic Design, Layout
Cyril Neville Composer, Producer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Ricky Caesar Composer
Frederick Sheppard Horn Arrangements
Norman Caesar Composer
Omari Neville Composer
Nick Daniels Composer
Mark Carpentieri Executive Producer
Tim Green Horn Arrangements
Gaynielle Neville Composer
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