- Audio CD (23 July 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Soul Jazz
- ASIN: B00005LOCN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,235 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
New Orleans Funk Vol.2: Saturday Night Fish Fry
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Audio CD, Soundtrack, 23 Jul 2001
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This compilation bears the hallmark of quality that we have come to expect from Soul Jazz Records. Like their highly successful 100% Dynamite series of Jamaican ska, reggae & soul , this compilation has a geographical theme - the music contained inside is a wonderful collection of rootsy soul, blues, R&B and early funk that was gestated and recorded in the musical melting pot that was New Orleans during the 1960's and 70's. The tasty nuggets of sound contained therein is a well balanced selection that can satisfy the most picky of collectors without alienating those still finding their feet amongst the myriad of recent re-releases featuring sounds from this all-encompassing genre.
The stories and information contained just within the sleeve notes alone, paints a fascinating picture of the groundbreaking work that people like Allen Toussaint, Marshall Sehorn and Eddie Bo did to bring forth an amazing selection of music on various independent black record labels that laid the foundation for contemporary soul and funk of the future. But of course - it's the music - from the swirling Hammond funk of The Meters 'Message from the Meters' to the voodoo blues of Dr Johns' 'Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya' - the full spectrum of New Orleans bluesy foundation sounds refreshingly raw and quite electrifying in this age of faceless dance music and over produced r&b/pop. To the casual observer many of the artists listed may seem very obscure indeed but delving inside to the music reveals a mix of fantastic tracks that would set you back an awful amount of money if you decided to hunt down the releases in their original form. This is party music in its most primitive and funky form. Dig in and get down! --Greg Boraman
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This album is great......for four songs. "Pass the Hatchet" is a great opening track and followed by "Mean Man" you think you're in for a treat. But then along comes "Iko, Iko" which sounds like it belongs more in a skipping game than on a funk collection. The next few tracks pass you by without ever grabbing your attention. Things take a decidely dodgy turn for the worse at "Little Liza Jane", before recovering slightly with the upbeat "Break in Every Road" and the sleazy "Dr. Jones".
"Cold Bear" sounds like a tune from Sesame Street and the remainder of album fades away with forgettable fillers.
It's a pity the producers didn't put more effort into this album - I'm sure there's some gems out there that never get heard which they could have included, instead of this mediocrity.
Filled with classic breaks on tracks such as we're doing it- eddie bo and give it up- lee dorsey (with the meters as the backing band!)Saturday night fish fry is a true must for any self respecting soul/funk fan- a well deserved 5 stars
Take Inell Young's fine teen ballad'The Next Ball Game' that sounds like somebody let the Godfather's own Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield double-time the beat. Of course, New Orleans had its own grand collection of players from the legendary Smokey Johnson to 'Zigaboo' Modeliste of Al Neville's Meters.
Often ignored in comparison to the session man splendour of the Tamla / Muscle Shoals / Booker T axis of 60's black American music , '..Fish Fry' showcases artists the cream of the Louisina talent. R & B legend Lee Dorsey, who did his best work with the assistance of aforesaid Meters, backed up by legendary producer Allen Toussaint. Betty Harris and Irma Thomas who help fill the gap that lies between blues shouters of the 50's and the diva's of the sixties. And Rare Groove supremo Eddie Bo, who's 'The Thang' is revealed here in all its skip-beat glory
Such is the diversity on offer here that there are echoes of many styles and derivations. The effects pedal munificence of the Magnolias 'Soul, Soul, Soul' is just one signpost to what would become well -sampled pathways, as much as Huey Piano Smith's 'Little Liza Jane' is a nod to the rockin' blues of the past.
Souljazz round off this quality package with informative notes and rare photos topped off with a great mug shot of Eddie Bo looking a ringer for Shane McGowan in an Afro. Maybe they could have called it 'The Secret History of Celtic Punk Sea-Shanty Soul' instead. Then again...
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