Heavy Sugar - The Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B Box set
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Over the course of time, Heavy Sugar has been the title of a song, the name of a radio station, an independent movie and the primary ingredient for a rapturous recipe. How fitting it is that this latter description also epitomizes the ingredients that go to make up Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B. Just think. If the celebrity chefs of New Orleans were to whip up Heavy Sugar until the peaks start to form, then the hostesses on Bourbon Street would go that little bit further and add any flavour necessary to achieve a creamy finish. The musical melting-pot, which helped turn rhythm & blues into rock n roll, was always at its most flavoursome in the Crescent City. Issuing forth from a store-front recording facility, the beguiling big beat reached out to a global audience through such artists as Fats Domino, Little Richard, Huey Smith and Lloyd Price. Many lesser-known but equally worthy individuals achieved the same level of sass, Alberta Hall, Ray Washington, Harry Lee, TV Slim to name but a few, although usually with just a couple of releases to show for their troubles. The focal point of the operation centred around a remarkable house-band that assembled day-after-day at Cosimo Matassa's funky studio in the heart of the French Quarter. Date-wise the metronome began ticking towards the end of the '40s, which was when the hip crowd first latched on to rhythm & blues. Rather than being restricted to a minority audience, the music's freewheeling ambience ended up blowing off anyone and everyones' cobwebs. New Orleans came out on top, because its talented musicians were able to put onto record the good time feel that was heard in the clubs. In order to share the joy, Fantastic Voyage has trawled through the city's rich musical repertoire to arrive at 75 highly sought-after recordings. Compiled and annotated by record producer and music historian Stuart Colman, and with many titles on CD for the first time, Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B could easily end up being one of the releases of 2010.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent as expected. Knowledge of the contents was the reason, for the purchase.Published 6 months ago by Haden Donovan
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... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Gavin