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I've been playing Grapevine CD 'Northern Soul of New Orleans volume 1' on replay. Love the gritty sound on these tunes. Was there ever a volume 2?  I know about Willie Tee & Robert Parker. Any more pointers for collections/labels from this city? I'm looking for CD compilations really.

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Only one volume of 'Northern Soul of New Orleans'

From the same great label

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Crescent-City-Soul-Patrol-22-Dancefloor-Sounds-From-New-Orleans/release/8143717

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Crescent-City-Funk-And-More/release/909180

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Confessing-Deep-Soul-From-New-Orleans/release/3779546

Some i have that i like. I love the Nola sound too.

Cracking The Cosimo Code - 60s New Orleans R&B And Soul

Deep & Gritty The Sound Of The City Vol 04 - New Orleans

Eddie Bo's Funky Funky New Orleans

Get Low Down!: The Soul of New Orleans, '65-'67 

Saturday Night Fish Fry - New Orleans Funk And Soul

Sehorn's Soul Farm: 50 New Orleans Soul Classics

Wardell Quezerque Funky Funky New Orleans: Rare And Unreleased New Orleans Funk 1968-1972

And many many more

 

 

 

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There's a staggering amount of good stuff from New Orleans, it's hard to even know where to start.

Here are two podcasts I did entirely focusing on New Orleans sounds, check them out if you feel like it. See tracklistings below.

 

 

 

 


SOUL THING RADIO 017 : New Orleans special

Smokey Johnson - I Can't Help It - NOLA
Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris - Love Lots Of Lovin' - SANSU
Barons - I've Got A Feeling - ETAH
Danny White - Miss Fine Miss Fine - FRISCO
L. Ruffin - This Stuff Just Kills Me - CROSS
Toni Washington - Good Things - KON-TI
Earl King - Don't Cry My Friend - POST
Curley Moore - Soul Train - NOLA
Eddie Bo - Every Dog Got His Day - RIC
Irma Thomas - Hittin' On Nothing - MINIT
Junior Gordon - Call The Doctor - JAY PEE
Roy Brown - Slow Down Little Eva - IMPERIAL
Eskew Reeder - Undivided Love - INSTANT
Eldridge Holmes - A Time For Everything - ALON
Lenny McDaniel - Something Out Of Nothing - SEVEN B
Al Robinson - Sho 'Bout To Drive Me Wild - PULSAR
Benny Spellman - This Is For You My Love - ALON
John Williams - Do Me Like You Do Me - SANSU
Ray Algere - In My Corner - TOU-SEA
Chuck Carbo - Can I Be Your Squeeze - FIREBALL
Charles Brimmer - Just Another Morning - CHELSEA
Allen Toussaint - Soul Sister - REPRISE
Willie Tee - Man That I Am - GATUR
Tony Owens - Confessin' A Feeling - COTILLION

 

SOUL THING RADIO 032 : New Orleans special

Mac Rebennack - Storm Warning - REX
Danny White - Natural Soul Brother - SSS INTERNATIONAL
Benny Spellman - I Feel Good - ATLANTIC
John Williams & The Tick Tocks - A Little Tighter - SANSU
Willie Harper - But I Couldn't - ALON
Jesse Hill - Mardi Gras - PULSAR
Robert Parker - I Caught You In A Lie - NOLA
Lee Dorsey - Four Corners (part 1) - AMY
Eldridge Holmes - Pop, Popcorn Children - ATCO
Warren Lee - Mama Said We Can't Get Married - DEESU
Tommy Ridgley - In The Same Old Way - RONN
Eddie Bo - I Found A Little Girl - AT LAST
Elliott Small - I'm A Devil - A.B.S.
Huey Piano Smith - Well I'll Be John Brown - ACE
Betty Harris - Trouble With My Lover - SANSU
Explosions - Hip Drop - GOLD CUP
Ray J. - Right Place Wrong Time - HEP' ME
Mary Jane Hooper - I've Got Reasons - POWER
Meters - Be My Lady - WARNER BROS
Las Vegas Connection - Can't Nobody Love Me Like You Do - HEP' ME
Chocolate Milk - How About Love - RCA


 

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You beat me to it, I'll try only to mention others not covered already. 

 

There was a great 3 CD series Ace did called Gumbo Stew that is definitely worth getting - it's all that early 1960s New Orleans soul sound.  That for me was a foundation source that took me beyond the greats by such as Barbara George, Lee Dorsey and Benny Spellman.  

There are compilations of the production/playing/song writing by Dr John, Wardell Quezerque and Allen Toussaint that are good.  The Dr John ones are usually in his own name and include other artists. 

Allen Toussaint Artist - Producer - Songwriter is one for example.  Kent's recent 'Rolling With The Punches' is a fantastic collection of Allen Toussaint work with other artists (his own work is definitely worth exploring too).  I'd go there as a starter for sure.  Kent's Birth of Soul series and other CDs are often the best masters of key New Orleans songs.

The compilation 'My Goodness Yes!' covering the Silver Fox label sounds up your street.

Also New Orleans Soul 1962-1966 set.

The New Orleans Funk series (1-4) hasn't been mentioned, which is almost all gritty Soul rather than Funk as it is thought of later.

The 'Shake What You Brought' CD is similar to those mentioned with some good New Orleans.

Metro's 'Simply New Orleans' two CD is probably only a couple of quid to get now.

 

One thing to be aware of, with the licensing of a lot of New Orleans music not clear and the pre-1963 music on public release by anyone now - there are a lot of sub-par compilations, often from disc of 50s/early 60s that repeat the same songs and can sound terrible.  So the compilations mentioned above and here should be useful and are from reputable sources (in sound and licencing).

The music produced by Wardell Quezerque in particular seems to be all over the place and there are a fair few low quality compilations that might have a few exclusive old tracks from disc. 

 

Hope that helps

Thanks

Mark

 

 

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6 hours ago, Thinksmart said:

The music produced by Wardell Quezerque in particular seems to be all over the place and there are a fair few low quality compilations that might have a few exclusive old tracks from disc.

 

In terms of writing and production Wardell Quezeque is up there with the best in my opinion. He's a NOLA legend.  There's a compilation CD called "Don't Be No Square, Get Hip To Quezerque" which gives a good sample of this guy's work.  I notice that it's now available on Spotify.

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Two more Wardell Quezerque compilations  I have on checking:

Strung Out - The Malaco Sessions

Sixty Smokin' Soul Senders

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Thanks to you all for the brilliant response. I'll be on this for the next month.

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