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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and fascinating project, 28 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The History of New Orleans R&B Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
After his History of R&B Nick Duckett released another superb and fascinating project: "The History of New Orleans R&B" giving us an enormous amount of musical and intellectual pleasure. For fans of Jazz, Rock'n Roll, Funk etc. but particularly for lovers of the New Orleans sound this represents an indispensable guide. Nick elucidates evidently the development of the music in words and recordings from the Caribbean and the military band rhythms which became inherent sources of the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming in the late 19th century to the 1950'ies and 1960'ies where it is definitely audible in the recordings of Little Richard and James Brown. He highlights some of the distinguishing characteristics found in early New Orleans music like the two-beat pattern with a fine selection of recordings from early Louis Armstrong (1928) to Big Joe Turner or Fats Domino (1953)and others pinpointing the different styles later found in R&B. In his excellently selected collection of tracks you will be surprised by a couple of very rare gems like a Western Swing version of "Keep A Knocking" from 1936 or a 1940 version of "Jambalaya" by Happy Fats&Rain-Bo ramblers( with fellow Rain-Bo member J.D.Miller-yes!!) and many more. In addition the enclosed expertly annotated booklet completes the set with a detailed discography, an explanation of the different rhythm patterns for "clapping along" that are underlining the displayed recordings, a lovingly description of the individual recordings, a short bibliography and much more. All together this is musical history in music and words at its best. Attila Oess, Germany 2012
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Stuff, 15 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The History of New Orleans R&B Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
This isn't for the first timer. You really have to know your NOLA R&B to get the most out of this. It's like going to school for a while - and I mean that in the best possible way. Even if you know your classic NOLA R&B inside out (like I hope I do), you will get lots of new stuff from this compilation.

I have confess, the first time I saw it on taxdoger I thought it would be just another 'out of copyright' cheapo compilation. It's anything but. The guys behind this really know their stuff.

I've just ordered Volume 2 and I've added all the other comps on this label to my wish list.

Buy it.
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