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on 2 September 2010
I thought I had all the New Orleans R&B that I needed - and I have a lot. But even if your are a buff, like me, there is still some stuff on here that you won't have.
There are almost no 'hits' here; even Fats and Richard get the less-obvious choices. And at this price??
God bless the 50 -year rule in the UK and may it never been altered.
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on 23 July 2013
To oldies music collectors five things are essential when making a purchase: 1) no re-makes; 2) sound quality; 3) background information, including discographies; 4) packaging; and 5) price. When considering these factors, likely the best on the market is Ace of London (see their Golden Age Of American Rock `N' Roll series as an example).

This 3-CD, 75-selection box-set in an attractive fold-out cardboard sleeve from Future Noise Music, also located in the U.K., covers probably the best cross-variety of New Orleans-recorded R&B music you will find anywhere, dealing primarily with the period 1956 to 1959, although there are a handful of earlier and later cuts. With one notable exception, all are original selections, with excellent sound, six pages of informative liner notes in a removable insert which also contains a complete discography of the contents, and a price that can't be beat considering the number of tracks.

The only thing it doesn't have when compared to Ace, in addition to not quite the extensiveness of the latter's notes - upwards of 30 pages in some cases - are vintage photographs. The notes here are written by British-born Stuart Colman, once a member of The Flying Machine as a pianist/bassist, then a renowned producer (Shakin' Stevens, The Shadows as examples) columnist (Melody Maker and, from his New York-based home, Now Dig This), broadcaster (BBC Radio One's "Echoes") and author (They Kept On Rockin').

The tracks are:
Disc 1: 1. Little Richard: Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey; 2. John Fred & The Playboys: Shirley; 3. Huey Smith: Would You Believe It, I Have A Cold; 4. Fats Domino: Telling Lies; 5. Smiley Lewis: Someday (You'll Want Me); 6. Paul Gayten: Nervous Boogie; 7. Frankie Ford: It Must Be Jelly; 8. Joe Jones: A-Tisket A-Tasket; 9. Jimmy Beasley: I'm So Blue; 10. Ray Washington: I Know; 11. The Supremes: Honey, Honey; 12. Jimmy Clanton: Ship On A Stormy Sea; 13. Myles & Dupont: Loud Mouth Annie; 14. Shirley & Lee: That's What I'll Do; 15. Alberta Hall: Oh, How I Need Your Lovin'; 16. Oscar Wills (aka TV Slim): Flatfoot Sam; 17. Professor Longhair: Look What You're Doing To Me; 18. Bobby Mitchell: Try Rock And Roll; 19. Charles Brown: I'll Always Be In Love With You; 20. Lester Robertson: My Girl Across Town; 21. The Tropicals: Sweet Sixteen; 22. Roland Cook: I've Got A Girl; 23. Lee Allen & His Band: Tic Toc; 24. The Gondoliers: You Call Everybody Darling; 25. Etta James: Dance With Me Henry (this is the exception mentioned above and is not the 1955 Modern label hit version billed to Etta James And "The Peaches" but rather an up-tempo previously-unreleased rendition she recorded a year later.

Disc: 2: 1. Fats Domino: Don't Deceive Me; 2. Frankie Ford: Cheatin' Woman; 3. Joe Turner: Honey Hush; 4. Roy Brown: Diddy-Y-Diddy-O; 5. Allen Toussaint: Whirlaway; 6. Art Neville: Cha Dooky Doo; 7. Ruth & Al: Real Gone Party; 8. Bobby Marchan: Chickee Wah Wah; 9. Mickey & Sylvia: There'll Be No Backin' Out; 10. Sam Cooke: That's All I Need To Know; 11. Jerry Byrne: Carry On; 12. Huey Smith: We Like Birdland; 13. Lee Allen & His Band: Creole Alley; 14. Richard Berry: Mad About You Baby; 15. Earl King: Well-O, Well-O, Well-O Baby; 16. Bobby Mandolph: Malinda; 17. Smiley Lewis: School Days Are Back Again; 18. Jimmy Beasley: Don't Break This Heart Of Mine; 19. Little Booker: Doin' The Hambone; 20. Li'l Millet & His Creoles: Rich Woman; 21. The Royal Kings: Teachin' And Preachin'; 22. Little Richard: Oh Why?; 23. Harry Lee: Every Time I See You; 24. Junior Gordon: Blow Wind Blow; 25. Lloyd Price: I'm Glad, Glad

Disc: 3: 1. Huey "Piano" Smith with His Clowns: Don't You Know Yockomo; 2. The Spiders: Someday, Bye And Bye; 3. Fats Domino: Would You; 4. Lee Diamond: Hatti Malatti; 5. Paul Gayten: Mother Roux (Yo Yo Walk); 6. Amos Milburn: We Teenagers Know What We Want; 7. Art Neville: Zing Zing; 8. Charles Williams: So Glad She's Mine; 9. Smiley Lewis: Sweeter Words (Have Never Been Told); 10. Eddie Bo: I Love To Rock n Roll; 11. Etta James: Tough Lover; 12. John Fred: Good Lovin'; 13. The Gondoliers: Knocked Out; 14. Ernie Kador: Eternity; 15. Little Richard: Kansas City; 16. Charles Brown: Please Believe Me; 17. Johnny Angel: Teenage Wedding; 18. Clarence Henry: Baby, Baby Please; 19. The Crystals: Love You So; 20. Huey & Jerry: I Think You're Jiving Me; 21. Lester Robertson: Take It Home To Grandma; 22. Gene & Al's Spacemen: Mercy; 23. Big Al Downing: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again; 24. Bobby Charles: I'll Turn Square For You; 25. Roy Brown: Saturday Night.

The original labels covered include: Specialty, Montel, Ace, Imperial, Argo, Roulette, Modern, Vin, Aladdin, Ebb, Ember, Ric, Atlantic, RCA Victor, Vik, Crown, Vee-Jay, Checker and Carlton.
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on 28 May 2010
this has got to be the best , if not one of the best new orleans, r and b compilations out there. a delight to the mind and food for the soul, it ticks the boxes on all levels. this cd has also been featured on the god, 'mark lamarr's' radio show and he thoroughly recommends it too--so i cant be lying-----enjoy !!
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on 21 November 2010
Firstly, I'm a fool for not buying this here, what at that price? yes I'm an idiot.
But, I have absolutely no regrets in buying this three disc collection of superbly compiled, rocking rhythm and blues from New Orleans.
Liner notes supplied by my hero from the ' it's rock'n'roll 'days of radio one in the late seventies, Stuart Coleman.
They could not have picked a better person.
Not everything on here is an obvious choice, surely a real bonus, & they are good tracks with superb sound quality too!.
I could go on and on, just buy Heavy sugar & prepare for an instant party, this music goes down well anywhere.
Wonderful stuff!.
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on 19 October 2010
Excellent 3CD set - 75 track compilation. Some familiar and not so well known tracks out of New Orleans, from the 1950's.
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on 16 July 2011
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on 2 August 2014
Could maybe be said to lean more heavily on rock and roll than R&B. Still a quality set though with some real standout tunes including some slightly more obscure cuts from big names such as Fats Domino, Prof Longhair and Allen Toussaint. Great audio quality and liner notes.
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on 16 January 2016
Excellent as expected. Knowledge of the contents was the reason, for the purchase.
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on 29 May 2011
Nice to see plenty of obscurities on this set.
The Paul Gayten instrumental is pretty hard to find on CD-its not even on his own but surely this music was from Chicago?
Yo Yo Walk was the B side of the Tune Weavers' Happy happy birthday baby when same was issued in the U K
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on 9 July 2014
my my this is good
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