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Heavy Sugar - The Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B Box set

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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • ASIN: B0037PJ9JS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Little Richard: Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey - Little Richard
  2. John Fred & The Playboys: Shirley - John Fred & The Playboys
  3. Huey Smith: Would You Believe It, I Have A Cold - Huey 'Piano' Smith
  4. Fats Domino: Telling Lies - Fats Domino
  5. Smiley Lewis: Someday (You'll Want Me) - Smiley Lewis
  6. Paul Gayten: Nervous Boogie - Paul Gayten
  7. Frankie Ford: It Must Be Jelly - Frankie Ford
  8. Joe Jones: A-Tisket A-Tasket - Joe Jones
  9. Jimmy Beasley: I'm So Blue - Jimmy Beasley
  10. Ray Washington: I Know - Ray Washington
  11. The Supremes: Honey, Honey - The Supremes
  12. Jimmy Clanton: Ship On A Stormy Sea - Jimmy Clanton
  13. Myles & Dupont: Loud Mouth Annie - Myles & Dupont
  14. Shirley & Lee: That's What I'll Do - Shirley and Lee
  15. Alberta Hall: Oh, How I Need Your Lovin' - Alberta Hall
  16. Oscar Wills (aka TV Slim): Flatfoot Sam - Oscar Wills
  17. Professor Longhair: Look What You're Doing To Me - Professor Longhair
  18. Bobby Mitchell: Try Rock And Roll - Bobby Mitchell
  19. Charles Brown: I'll Always Be In Love With You - Charles Brown
  20. Lester Robertson: My Girl Across Town - Lester Robertson
  21. The Tropicals: Sweet Sixteen - The Tropicals
  22. Roland Cook: I've Got A Girl - Roland Cook
  23. Lee Allen & His Band: Tic Toc - Lee Allen & His Band
  24. The Gondoliers: You Call Everybody Darling - The Gondoliers
  25. Etta James: Dance With Me Henry - Etta James

Disc: 2

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

Disc: 3

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

Product Description

Product Description

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.

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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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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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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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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.
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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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