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The Cosimo Matassa Story [Remaster]

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

  • Credits
    ProducerAdam Komorowski (Compilation); Joop Visser Productions (Reissue)

    Personnel: Tommy Ridgley (vocals); Ernest McLean (guitar); Joe Harris (alto saxophone); Clarence Hall, Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone); Frank Fields (baritone saxophone); Waldron Joseph (trombone); Salvadore Doucette, Jr., Edward Frank, Tuts Washington (piano); Earl Palmer , James Wayne, Justin Adams (drums).
    Additional personnel: Fats Domino, Huey "Piano" Smith, Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Smiley Lewis, Bobby Charles.
    Audio Remasterer: Peter Rynston.
    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. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    No Depression (p.90) - "[This] collection provides a great overview of everything that was going on in non-jazz New Orleans music from 1950 to 1956..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] winner....Between the 40s and 70s, Cosimo Matassa owned four studios in New Orleans, where he recorded R&B giants such as Little Richard, Fats Domino and Lloyd Price..."
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