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Kings of Swamp Pop [CD]

Cookie & The Cupcakes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 July 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000024SWF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Got You On My Mind
2. Mathilda
3. I'm Twisted
4. The Great Pretender Featuring Carol Flynn
5. I've Been So Lonely
6. I Cried
7. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
8. Betty & Dupree Feat.Shelton Dunaway
9. I Almost Lost My Mind Feat.Little Alfred
10. Feel So Good Feat.Little Alfred
11. Charged With Cheating Feat.Little Alfred
12. Sea of Love
13. Close Up The Back Door
14. Until Then
15. Even Though
16. Honey Hush
17. Belinda
18. Trouble in My Life
19. Who Would Have Thought It Feat.Shelton Dunaway
20. I Had The Blues Feat.Shelton Dunaway
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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(1956-64) (79:17/30) Enthält u.a. die Hits 'Mathilda' und 'Got You On My Mind'.Medium 1
  1. Got You On My Mind
  2. Mathilda
  3. I'm Twisted
  4. The Great Pretender
  5. I've Been So Lonely
  6. I Cried
  7. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
  8. Betty And Dupree
  9. I Almost Lost My Mind
  10. Feel So Good
  11. Charged With Cheating
  12. Sea Of Love
  13. Close Up The Back Door
  14. Until Then
  15. Even Though
  16. Honey Hush
  17. Belinda
  18. Trouble In My Life
  19. Who Would Have Thought It
  20. I Had The Blues
  21. Walking Down The Aisle
  22. Franko-Chinese Cha Cha Cha
  23. Shake'em Up
  24. Mary Lou Doin' The Pop-Eye
  25. Just One Kiss
  26. Since Your Love Has Grown Cold
  27. Cindy Lou
  28. Such As Love
  29. Married Life
  30. Mathilda

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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT 24 July 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The only other review of this album uses the adjective "unsung" to describe the band. I'd go further and say "unknown". I've always been into r'n'r and its roots and derivatives and the first I heard of them was on the early Jerry Lee albums on Smash/Mercury before he achieved his reincarnation in the world of country. He covered both "Mathilda" and "Got you on my mind" - I gathered that he'd been on tour with the band just prior to the recording though, of course, he does come from Louisiana so may have been familiar with them anyway. I next picked up on the band via Bill Millar's excellent compilation album "The other song of the south : Louisiana Rock'n'Roll" which contained a copuple of their tracks. Then, nothing until those marvellous people at Ace released this excellent album with 30, yes 30, great tracks.

To say these guys - and gals, because the great Carol Fran is included - are swamp pop is to understate their impact. Yes, they're swamp pop but swamp pop with attitude. This music really does sound as if it comes deep from the swamps. Whereas the typical white swampie tends to be at least a bit suicidal this lot seem to be almost joyous to be in this state. Compare their "Breaking up is hard to do" with the original by Jivin' Gene to see what I mean. You can visualise the band in a sweaty southern dance hall somewhere in Lafayette say, or Lake Charles, belting the songs out with the audience joining in on the big numbers like "Matilda". It's largely music for dancing. The slowies, and swampies mainly come pretty slow, are there for the smooching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born on the Bayou 22 April 2010
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Louisiana band Cookie & The Cupcakes are undoubtedly the greatest unsung heroes of 50s R&B. They were firmly in the rolling piano-led New Orleans tradition but with their integral horn section and a stinging guitarist, they could handle a whole gumbo of styles from jump-blues to pop to ballads, although they're best known for the 1958 swamp pop classic 'Mathilda' (here in both the original and 1962 versions). Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint's many New Orleans productions are obvious points of reference, but The Cupcakes had a consistently distinctive sound even though they recorded with a number of vocalists, apart from Cookie Thierry (including Carol Fran on a couple of sides). This fantastic compilation is well up to Ace's usual standards and given that it was released in 1997, I'm simply amazed that it hasn't been reviewed before on Amazon. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is without doubt one of the best comps ever 29 Mar 2013
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warm doo wop soul with that swamp rock undertone every song is jaw dropping i am amazed how they are not on every comp of rock n roll blues soul in any field they shine bright 30 tracks and all are killers just buy it and enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Had To Have Been The Victims Of Poor Promotion 28 July 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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Cookie & His Cupcakes, a seven-piece combo led by Huey "Cookie" Thierry, vocalist and saxophonist, was a classic example of a great group getting lost in the shuffle thanks to a combination of small label distribution problems and a tendency to stick to one geographic area for their live performances (the Deep South) They were also probably a victim of simple economics as it was infinitely cheaper to bring in single artists, duos or even quartets than a seven-piece band.

They began in the early 1950's as The Boogie Ramblers (leader and trumpet player Ernest Jacobs, drummer Simon "Kedee" Lubin, guitarist Marshall LeDee and saxophonist/vocalist Shelton Dunaway), and were joined by Cookie sometime in the summer of 1952 after securing a recording contract with the Goldband label. Their first release there in 1955, however, had Dunaway performing the vocals on Cindy Lou b/w Such As Love, although by 1956 Thierry had taken over and they were henceforth known as Cookie And His (The) Cupcakes.

Now with Khoury's Records of Lake Charles, Louisiana, owned by George Khoury, they made a major contribution to the Stroll dance with Mathilda which unfortunately, thanks to a lack of promotion [in spite of a leasing arrangement with the marginally larger Judd label], only made it to # 47 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in March 1959 b/w Married Life. Incredibly, it failed to crack the R&B Top 100!! The original 1958 recording is at track 30, while track 2 contains the 1962 re-make which is often presented in other compilations as the original.

By the time they hooked up with a label that could promote their stuff (Chess), the music had started to change just prior to the British Invasion, and so Got You On My Mind could only manage a # 94 Hot 100 in May 1963 (again being blanked on the R&B charts), b/w I've Been So Lonely.

Still, if you remember The Stroll (or want to experience it), highlight your next party with this CD. With the women lined up on one side and the men on the other, each pair will be in Swamp Pop heaven as they move in rhythmic unison down the inside of the line to some of the finest music this side of Chuck Willis, featuring these vocalists:

Shelton Dunaway on Betty And Dupree, Honey Hush, Who Would Have Thought It?, I Had The Blues, Shake 'Em Up, Mary Lou Doin' The Pop-Eye, Just One Kiss, Since Your Love Has Grown Cold, Cindy Lou, and Such As Love;

Carol Fran on The Great Pretender;

Little Alfred (Alfred Babino) on I Almost Lost My Mind, Feel So Good, Charged With Cheating, Even Though, and Walking Down The Aisle;

Ernest Jacobs on Franko-Chinese Cha Cha Cha;

Huey "Cookie" Thierry on all the others.

In addition, you not only get all four sides of their two hit singles, but also the benefit of the quality work of Ace Records of London, who simply can't be beat when it comes to sound reproduction and detailed background notes, in this instance a full 10 pages written by Shane Bernard, author of Swamp Pop: Cajun And Creole Rhythm And Blues. It also contains photos of Cookie, Shelton, Little Alfred, the entire band (except Carol Fran), the interior of the Goldband recording studio, and Khoury's Record Shop, along with reproductions of records for Judd, Khoury's, Goldband, and Lyric.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Down Home Swamp-Pop Gem 21 Nov 2013
By Steven Kerry - Published on Amazon.com
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Finding this album was not easy; it's a small miracle of rare regional "swamp pop". I bought it for "Got You on My Mind", which I loved as a kid (it was on Chess Records, a great label!) but their biggest hit was "Mathilda". The rest of the album was mostly in the same, boogie woogie flavor of "Got You on My Mind". They were no doubt beloved in their time, but their success was mostly regional. It's rare and real stuff, but of course also pretty dated sounding at this point. Glad I got it, and I still might find a few more cuts I will end up loving on this album as I haven't had it long. It's like a musical version of grits, gravy, 'n biscuits!
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