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Cosimo Matassa Story (4CD) Box set


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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Proper Box
  • ASIN: B000QCQG28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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Disc: 2
1. Well, I Done Got Over It - Guitar Slim
2. Tipitina - Professor Longhair
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
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Disc: 3
1. What's It All About? - Little Leo
2. Handwriting On The Wall - Little Leo
3. Mardi Gras Mambo - The Hawketts
4. Your Time's Up - The Hawketts
5. Eternally Yours - The Barons
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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 & His Rhythm Aces
5. Little Liza Jane - Huey Piano Smith & His Rhythm Aces
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Product Description

A quarter of a century after quitting the music business, and 50 or more years after he was placing New Orleans on the musical map, Cosimo Matassa is due to be awarded a Grammy Trustees Award. The 80 year old grocer was once the engineer and proprietor of J&M studios on Rampart Street , that between 1945 and 1956 saw the development of R&B, Rock 'n' Roll and Soul. It was there that Fats Domino, Little Richard and a host of other stars recorded their hits with some of the best session men around including drummer Earl Palmer, pianists Huey Smith and Melvin Dowden, saxmen Lee Allen and Alvin 'Red' Tyler, and bassist Frank Field. They collectively established New Orleans as one of the premier recording venues in the USA. Only recently Little Richard's Tutti Frutti attained number one status in the Mojo '100 records that changed the world' article, of course recorded at J&M.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I invariably dive into New Orleans collections like this hoping to find hidden nuggets. That I rarely find any is down to the fact that I've picked up a lot of this stuff over the years and because, with a number of honourable exceptions, the drop in sheer listenability - I'm trying not to say quality - between Fats Domino and Little Richard and the rest was not insignificant. Having said that, I invariably get some enjoyment out of the exercise.

The availability of all this material because it's now in the public domain is a godsend for the likes of Proper. However they are due a shed load of credit here. Not only have they found an excellent "hook" on which to hang the compilation, that of course being Cosimo Matassa's famed studio - and let's not forget, Cosimo Matassa was merely a highly exotic name to conjure with years ago when the bulk of this stuff was virtually unavailable, they have also packaged it superbly. Adam Komorowski's historical essay plus the full session details are almost worth the price on their own. Whilst the collection gives an excellent view of New Orleans "in its pomp" as far as early rhythm and blues and rock'n'roll are concerned, it doesn't quite contain everyone of importance in NO. Outside of the vital Professor Longhair who's represented by two numbers here, one of which is the (rightly) obligatory "Tipitina", the big piano names like James Booker, Archibald and Tuts Washingon are not present - they are in the other Proper collection, "Getting Funky", which covers slightly earlier years. Also absent are the Ace stable (apart from some tracks from Huey "Piano" Smith) because they mainly used the Trumpet studios in Jackson, reportedly because Johnny Vincent, Ace's founder, found Cosimo's prices too high.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Clack on 21 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
You may or may not have heard of Cosimo Matassa,but he is one of the greatest record producers of all time.Based in New Orleans his output there is very much a who's who of the city classic funk and rhythm and blues music.This astonishing 4 disc set was brought to my attention at a Blues Band concert a year or so ago.On that recommendation I managed to obtain a copy,oh boy this is something very special indeed,if your tastes go from classic New Oleans funk,rock n roll,rhythm and blues oh and a little bit of blues for good measure.Artists such as Little Richard,Fats Domino,Art Neville,Huey@piano'Smith,Dave Bartholomew,T Bone Walker,The Hawks,Prof. Longhair,Pee Wee Clayton,Bobby Mitchell and the Toppers,Guitar Slim and on and on a box set containing an incredible 120 tracks from this famed producer and those artists he produced so many classic hits for.Along with Propers usual and excellent booklet you get one great package of Crescent City music at such a bargain price.Many of the included artists I must admit I'd never heard of and this is what makes these box sets so special the ammount of discoveries you make as you play them just take for instance a couple of songs by to me an unknown Big Boy Myles and the wonderfully named Sha Weez,worth the cost of the set alone.This is music to roll up the carpet and party to,timeless sounds from a golden period that could only have been in New Orleans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 25 April 2011
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In the 60s you only ever READ some of this stuff had existed.The 70s would be the decade a few mags began to appear about Blues,Soul whatever.The name Cosimo Matasa was only found if you studied credits on records like some of the EMI series of blues.
As he was only the studio owner and engineer it didn't seem that important to collectors.
Its easy nowadays to type the name into a search engine and over 100 pages come up.Yet 40 years ago and well after the records represented in the 4 CD set we knew nothing until we were told.
I've been a collector for about 50 years and this was a name unknown to me
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