The two previous reviewers - the Ms's MarieRose Sauce and Honeysuckle - seem to damn with faint praise, tho they've done most of the groundwork, so making it easier for me. Myself, I thoroughly enjoyed it, knew all the artists, tho not all the material, so a bonus. Bluesy and uptempo r&b, with that almost indefinable New Orleans flavour, you can hear a little of what would become early soul, particularly in the demo of "I Won't Cry" by Johnny Adams (quite lovely), and Irma Thomas's "I May Be Wrong", another marker. As to the "Tipitina" demo by Fess, it's obviously a run-through, the title being the only 'lyric'. His playing is spot on the money and unless I misheard, didn't he ask for "more wine" at the end? Clue. Anyway, I'd rather have it than not.
As to the put-down about the notes, I can't go along with that. In my opinion, they're more than acceptable, within the confines of a pretty packed CD booklet. Yeah, I've got books on the subject and of course, there's the interweb, but I don't want to spend numerous hours 'researching' before I play the disc. No, compiler Tony Rounce has done a fine job. If this kinda music rocks your boat, buy with confidence.