The Wild Magnolias

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This debut marked a milestone for New Orleans music as it was one of the first major-label records from a Mardi Gras Indian tribe; this was soon to be followed by another great tribe band, the Wild Tchoupitoulas. Not to be confused with Native American tribes, the Mardi Gras Indians are part of an African-American gangland tradition dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. What began as street confrontations resulting in brawls developed into something more formal, with elaborate handmade costumes and song contests. Beginning as a practice group formed by leader Big Chief Theodore "Bo" Dollis and Joseph "Monk" Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles tribe, the Wild Magnolias caught the eye of local promoters and were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This debut marked a milestone for New Orleans music as it was one of the first major-label records from a Mardi Gras Indian tribe; this was soon to be followed by another great tribe band, the Wild Tchoupitoulas. Not to be confused with Native American tribes, the Mardi Gras Indians are part of an African-American gangland tradition dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. What began as street confrontations resulting in brawls developed into something more formal, with elaborate handmade costumes and song contests. Beginning as a practice group formed by leader Big Chief Theodore "Bo" Dollis and Joseph "Monk" Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles tribe, the Wild Magnolias caught the eye of local promoters and were recorded in 1973 with the New Orleans Project. The tribe consisted of Dollis and Boudreaux on lead vocals, with the former on tambourine and the latter on congas; with James "Gator June" Smothers or "Gate" Johnson, Jr., "Crip" Adams, and "Bubba" Scott all on background vocals and percussion instruments. They were backed by the New Orleans Project, which featured some of the cream of the studio crop in the Crescent City: guitarist Snooks Eaglin, Earl Turbinton, Jr. on reeds and winds, Willie Tee on keyboards, percussion, and background vocals, bassist Julius Farmer , drummer Larry Panna, conguero Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, and Norwood "Gitchie" Johnson on bass drum. Dollis and Boudreaux lead the group through the Indians' street call and response chants, which become mantra atop a series of furiously funky, extended New Orleans grooves. Along with inspired originals like "Handa Wanda," the traditional numbers such as "Two Way Pak E Way," and historical numbers such as "Saints" "When the Saints Come Marching In" and "Shoo Fly" "Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me" are radically and steamily re-arranged to provide maximum party flavor. This is an exciting non-stop dancefest and an excellent introduction for anyone interested in the music of the Big Easy. ~ Jason Gross and Thom Jurek
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Get On Down
  • UPC: 664425403626
  • Catalog Number: 54036
  • Sales rank: 79,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Handa Wanda - New Orleans Project (4:42)
  2. 2 Smoke My Peace Pipe (Smoke It Right) - New Orleans Project (6:21)
  3. 3 Two Way Pak E Way - New Orleans Project (7:49)
  4. 4 Corey Died On The Battlefield - New Orleans Project (4:59)
  5. 5 (Somebody Got) Soul, Soul, Soul - New Orleans Project (6:12)
  6. 6 Saints - New Orleans Project (8:48)
  7. 7 Meet the Boys on the Battlefront - New Orleans Project (2:23)
  8. 8 Ho Na Nae - New Orleans Project (5:03)
  9. 9 Golden Crown - New Orleans Project (6:18)
  10. 10 Shoo Fly - New Orleans Project (8:50)
  11. 11 Iko Iko - New Orleans Project (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wild Magnolias Primary Artist
Theodore "Bo" Dollis Indexed Contributor, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Snooks Eaglin Guitar
Earl Turbinton Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Clarinet
Willie Tee Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Crip Adams Tambourine, Background Vocals, cowbell
Julius Farmer Bass
Gator June Tambourine, Background Vocals
Gitchie Bass Drums, Guest Appearance
Larry Panna Drums
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts Conga
James Smothers Bongos, Conga, Background Vocals
Johnny "Quarter Moon" Tobias Tambourine, Background Vocals
Monk Boudreaux Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals
Leonard "Gate" Johnson Tambourine, Background Vocals
Washington "Bubba" Scott Tambourine, Triangle, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Wild Magnolias Arranger, Composer
Willie Tee Arranger, Composer
Theodore "Bo" Dollis Composer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Philippe Rault Producer
Johnny "Quarter Moon" Tobias Whistle
Monk Boudreaux Cover Art
Michael P. Smith Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Ted Pettus Cover Design
Traditional Composer
Luca Iannino Reissue Design
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