...the full spectrum of New Orleans bluesy foundation sounds refreshingly raw and...
Greg Boraman 2002
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!