The Wild Tchoupitoulas

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Wild Tchoupitoulas -- a group of Mardi Gras Indians headed by George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry -- only released one album, but that one record caused a sensation upon its initial 1976 release. It was one of the first records of the album-oriented rock generation that captured the heady gumbo of New Orleans R&B and funk. Landry may have fronted the Wild Tchoupitoulas, but the key to the record's success was his nephews, Charles and Cyril Neville, who headed the rhythm section. They drafted in their brothers, Art and Aaron, to harmonize, and thereby unwittingly gave birth to the band that became the Neville Brothers. Still, the fact that The Wild ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Wild Tchoupitoulas -- a group of Mardi Gras Indians headed by George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry -- only released one album, but that one record caused a sensation upon its initial 1976 release. It was one of the first records of the album-oriented rock generation that captured the heady gumbo of New Orleans R&B and funk. Landry may have fronted the Wild Tchoupitoulas, but the key to the record's success was his nephews, Charles and Cyril Neville, who headed the rhythm section. They drafted in their brothers, Art and Aaron, to harmonize, and thereby unwittingly gave birth to the band that became the Neville Brothers. Still, the fact that The Wild Tchoupitoulas ranks among the great New Orleans albums isn't because of the Nevillles themselves, but the way the Wild Tchoupitoulas lock into an extraordinary hybrid that marries several indigenous New Orleans musics, with swampy, dirty funk taking its place in the forefront. There are only eight songs, and they are all strung together as if they're variations on the same themes and rhythms. That's a compliment, by the way, since the organic, flowing groove is the key to the album's success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 016253990821
  • Catalog Number: 539908
  • Sales rank: 23,133

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wild Tchoupitoulas Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Aaron Neville Piano, Background Vocals
Art Neville Keyboards, Background Vocals
Charles Neville Percussion, Background Vocals
Ziggy Modeliste Drums
Cyril Neville Conga, Background Vocals
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
George Porter Jr. Bass
Teddy Royal Guitar
Willie Harper Background Vocals
Arthur "Red" Neville Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Meters Contributor
Art Neville Arranger, Producer
Charles Neville Arranger, Producer
Roberta Grace Engineer
Ken Laxton Engineer, Remixing, Remastering
Marshall Sehorn Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Candy Hemphill Christmas Contributor
George Landry Contributor
Arthur "Red" Neville Arranger, Producer
Norman Bell Contributor
Amos Landry Contributor
Booker T. Washington Contributor
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