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Tape Find in LA - 100s From Allen Toussaint's studio


Tape Find in LA - 100s From Allen Toussaint's studio magazine cover

LA Times reporting details of a major tape find via a flea market in Los Angeles via an article on their website

The original story can be read here however the Nola website has a more news style article which can be read via the link further on

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2019-08-28/allen-toussaint-new-orelans-hurricane-katrina-mike-nishita

Piled in Nishita’s garage were multiple reels by the Meters, including quarter-inch master copies of their eponymous 1969 debut and their 1974 album “Rejuvenation” — two of funk’s most formative works, both frequently sampled by hip-hop producers — along with unreleased tracks and jams. There were reels of Toussaint, Dr. John and every big-timer in New Orleans R&B: Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Huey “Piano” Smith. There were reels with names prized by soul and funk collectors: Betty Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes. And still dozens more containing demos or one-off recordings marked by unknown names: Laura Jacobs, Carla Baker, “Eugene.”

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Nola website also reporting details of the tape find but in a more concise article

Report: Historic lost tapes from Allen Toussaint's studio found at Los Angeles flea market

Hundreds of historic reel-to-reel tapes from Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Recording Studio that were taken out of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ended up at a California flea market, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A trove of 673 tape reels, dating from 1968 to 1979, was purchased last year at an open-air market in Torrance, Calif., called Roadium. The collection represents an invaluable documentation of the raw material of New Orleans funk, R&B and soul.

The tapes were mostly recorded at Sea-Saint. Some originated at one of legendary New Orleans recording engineer Cosimo Matassa’s studios. A few came from studios in other cities.

 

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/keith_spera/article_6630dda4-ca7c-11e9-aca0-9fd44bb0a169.html

 

 

 






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Always loved Allen Tousaint since purchasing the Bell's Cellar of Soul series in the sixties,lets hope there's loads of unreleased gems we might get to hear.

This one made me take notice in the sixties

 

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3 hours ago, Kegsy said:

Surely any commercial use of these tapes must be dependent on who owns the rights to the contents.

Good job they weren't found in the UK or Europe then or there would be "bootleg" fever (Genuine Releases are available)

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7 hours ago, Kegsy said:

Surely any commercial use of these tapes must be dependent on who owns the rights to the contents.

Surely the rights owner would also have owned the tapes ?? If that were the case.. then the new owner can do as they please ??

Pure speculation on my part by the way, so feel free to cut my post to pieces 😎

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2 hours ago, Ficklefingers said:

Surely the rights owner would also have owned the tapes ?? If that were the case.. then the new owner can do as they please ??

 

I don't think it works quite like that. 

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On 31/08/2019 at 10:35, Blackpoolsoul said:

Wow...what a find and here's to hearing the tunes

I don't suppose the Carla Baker is this Lady, as she did live in New Orleans for a time

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/carlabaker

Seems likely.  Her biog mentions her being acquainted with Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, and Pete Fountain...  Now I'm wondering if I'm thinking of the right Pete Fountain...

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