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Born on the Bayou,
This review is from: Kings of Swamp Pop (Audio CD)
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.