In New Orleans

In New Orleans

by Willy DeVilleWilly DeVille


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Willy DeVille's In New Orleans compiles two recordings the singer and songwriter issued for two different labels: Victory Mixture, released on Sky Ranch in 1990, and Big Easy Fantasy, released by Wotre Records in 1995. The former album was cut at the legendary Sea Saint Studios with a cast of NOLA all-stars including Dr. John, the Meters' George Porter and Leo Nocentelli, Eddie Bo, Wayne Bennett, Allen Toussaint, and more. It's a collection of both well-known and obscure New Orleans tunes from the R&B canon. DeVille's performance in this unlikely setting -- his first independent recording date -- is remarkable. He retains his trademark, old-school soul-rock style and somehow melds it seamlessly into the NOLA tradition. Standouts include fine readings of Ernie K-Doe's "Beating Like a Tom-Tom," Earl Kit Carson's "Big Blue Diamonds," and Toussaint's "Hello My Lover." Big Easy Fantasy, the latter album and the rarest in DeVille's catalog, is a rather confusing yet satisfying compilation -- of sorts. It contains six unissued concert performances that were originally to be included on his Live album, and one track left off the Victory Mixture sessions, as well as another studio number that never found a home on Backstreets of Desire. Of the live tracks, there are three versions of tunes from Victory Mixture including "Key to My Heart," "Every Dog Has Its Day," and "Hello My Lover." (All of them superior to the studio takes.) These and "Jump City," "Iko Iko," and "Meet the Boys on the Battlefront" were cut in concert in New York and Paris, with Bo and members of the Wild Magnolias. Of the two studio numbers, one is a stellar reading of Jack Dupree's "Junker's Blues," and an original, "Just Off Decatur Street," that were later overdubbed in Los Angeles around the time of his DeVille's Backstreets of Desire album. Horns were overdubbed onto the original masters and Chris Spedding overdubbed a dobro on the latter. What's most amazing about Big Easy Fantasy was that it was issued without the approval of DeVille. All of this said, In New Orleans demands consideration because of the rejuvenation of DeVille's musical persona. These are inspired recordings, full of crackling energy that highlights a top-shelf artist who, even when written off, could rise to and thrive in virtually any situation.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667429528
catalogNumber: 6742952
Rank: 56858

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willy DeVille   Primary Artist
Eddie Bo   Piano,Vocals
Barbara George   Background Vocals
Chris Spedding   Dobro
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
Sammy Berfect   Hammond Organ
Isaac Bolden   Piano
Kerry Brown   Drums
Rene Coman   Bass
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Tambourine,Vocals
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Norwood Johnson   Bass Drums,Vocals
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Kate Markowitz   Background Vocals
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Lon Price   Tenor Saxophone
Allen Toussaint   Piano
Johnny Vidacovich   Drums
YaDonna Wise   Background Vocals
Dr. John   Piano
Keith Fazarde   Vibes
Allison Miner   Background Vocals
Valentines   Background Vocals
Ross Brady   Background Vocals
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux   Tambourine,Vocals
Porgy Jones   Trumpet,Tambourine
George Porter   Bass
Billy Gregory   Guitar
Brian "Breeze" Coyolle   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frederick Koella   Guitar
Dereme Wise   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Willy DeVille   Arranger,Composer
Carlo Ditta   Producer
Marc Hewitt   Engineer
Philippe Rault   Producer,Memorabilia
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Clarence Reggie Toussaint   Composer
Eddie Bocage   Composer
Claude Gassian   Cover Photo,Photo Courtesy
Naomi Neville   Composer
Earl "Kit" Carson   Composer
Barry Kaiser   Cover Photo,Photo Courtesy
Traditional   Composer
Dirk W. De Jong   Photo Courtesy
Garth Cartwright   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Ernest Kador   Composer
Roger Branch   Engineer
Jack Dupree   Composer
Huey Smith   Composer
Gurrie Van Brug   Memorabilia
Brenda Brandon   Composer
Thomas Terry   Composer
Theodore Dollis   Arranger
Joseph Boudreaux   Arranger

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