CD New Orleans Party Classics [Various Artists] (CD 525177),
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New Orleans Party Classics [Various Artists]

  • 1. Go to the Mardi Gras - Professor Longhair
    2. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
    3. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Fats Domino
    4. Whirlaway - A. Tousan
    5. Mardi Gras Mambo - Hawketts
    6. Carnival Time - Al Jolson
    7. I Got Loaded - Lil' Bob & The Lollipops
    8. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
    9. Peanut Vendor - Alvin "Red" Tyler/Gyros
    10. Who Shot the LaLa - Oliver Morgan
    11. Iko Iko - Dr. John
    12. Big Chief Pt. 1 - Professor Longhair
    13. Meet de Boys on the Battlefront - The Wild Tchoupitoulas
    14. Hey Pocky Way - Neville Brothers
    15. Li'l Liza Jane - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    16. Dancin' Jones - Neville Brothers
    17. Second Line Pt. 1 - Stop Inc.
    18. Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3 - Rebirth Brass Band
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70587

  • Credits
    ProducerJoe Sasfy; James Austin

    The lazy, rolling piano sounds that open this album are not played by Fats Domino, who never whistled like this. It's Professor Longhair, who blazed trails for Domino and generations of other Crescent City musicians with his definitive version of "Go to the Mardi Gras." The legendary Professor returns later with "Big Chief" and Domino checks in with an affable "Jambalaya." Pianists, especially those with a strong left hand, dominate many songs as New Orleans Party Classics, this generous 18-track CD reissue lets us relive Mardi Gras year round. We might expect "Iko Iko" by Dr. John, "Hey Pocky Way" by the Neville Brothers, "Don't You Just Know It" by Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns and even "Sea Cruise" by Frankie Ford. But a reggae-influenced gem like "Meet de Boys on the Battlefront" by a self-described band of N'awlins "Indians" helped by the Neville Brothers and calling themselves the Wild Tchoupitoulas is a delightful surprise. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band cover the Dixieland segment of the broad New Orleans musical spectrum. A Little Richard tune might have made this disc perfect. ~ Mark Allan

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