Monday, July 16, 2018

VA - Heavy Sugar ~ The Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B (2010)


Rockabilly, Rhythm & Blues, Rock'n'Roll | Mp3 320 kbps | 3 CD | 422 Mb

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.

CD 1
1. Little Richard - Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (2:11)
2. John Fred & The Playboys - Shirley (1:56)
3. Huey Smith - Would You Believe, I Have A Cold (2:23)
4. Fats Domino - Telling Lies (2:24)
5. Smiley Lewis - Someday (You'll Want Me) (2:15)
6. Paul Gayten - Nervous Boogie (2:22)
7. Frankie Ford - It Must Be Jelly (2:45)
8. Joe Jones - A-Tisket A-Tasket (2:20)
9. Jimmy Beasley - I'm So Blue (2:16)
10. Ray Washington - I Know (2:04)
11. The Supremes - Honey, Honey (2:16)
12. Jimmy Clanton - Ship On A Stormy Sea (2:19)
13. Myles & Dupont - Loud Mouth Annie (2:30)
14. Shirley & Lee - That's What I'll Do (2:38)
15. Alberta Hall - Oh, How I Need Your Lovin' (2:52)
16. Oscar Wills - Flatfoot Sam (2:12)
17. Professor Longhair - Look What You're Doing To Me (2:30)
18. Bobby Mitchell - Try Rock And Roll (2:11)
19. Charles Brown - I'll Always Be In Love With You (2:37)
20. Lester Robertson - My Girl Across Town (2:39)
21. The Tropicals - Sweet Sixteen (2:26)
22. Roland Cook - I've Got A Girl (2:19)
23. Lee Allen & His Band - Tic Toc (2:36)
24. The Gondoliers - You Call Everybody Darling (2:09)
25. Etta James - Dance With Me Henry (2:23)

CD 2
1. Fats Domino - Don't Deceive Me (1:56)
2. Frankie Ford - Cheatin' Woman (2:10)
3. Joe Turner - Honey Hush (2:42)
4. Roy Brown - Diddy-Y-Diddy-O (2:19)
5. Allen Toussaint - Whirlaway (2:22)
6. Art Neville - Cha Dooky Doo (2:37)
7. Ruth & Al - Real Gone Party (2:12)
8. Bobby Marchan - Chickee Wah Wah (2:17)
9. Mickey & Sylvia - There'll Be No Backin' Out (2:28)
10. Sam Cooke - That's All I Need To Know (2:23)
11. Jerry Byrne - Carry On (2:00)
12. Huey Smith - We Like Birdland (2:34)
13. Lee Allen & His Band - Creole Alley (2:34)
14. Richard Berry - Mad About You Baby (2:17)
15. Earl King - Well-O, Well-O, Well-O Baby (2:58)
16. Bobby Mandolph - Malinda (2:17)
17. Smiley Lewis - School Days Are Back Again (2:55)
18. Jimmy Beasley - Don't Break This Heart Of Mine (2:02)
19. Little Booker - Doin' The Hambone (2:30)
20. Li'l Millet & His Creoles - Rich Woman (2:41)
21. The Royal Kings - Teachin' And Preachin' (2:05)
22. Little Richard - Oh Why? (2:12)
23. Harry Lee - Every Time I See You (2:14)
24. Junior Gordon - Blow Wind Blow (2:20)
25. Lloyd Price - I'm Glad, Glad (2:05)

CD 3
1. Huey ''Piano'' Smith with His Clowns - Don't You Know Yockomo (2:25)
2. The Spiders - Someday, Bye And Bye (2:27)
3. Fats Domino - Would You (2:05)
4. Lee Diamond - Hatti Malatti (2:51)
5. Paul Gayten - Mother Roux (Yo Yo Walk) (2:33)
6. Amos Milburn - We Teenagers Know What We Want (1:52)
7. Art Neville - Zing Zing (2:05)
8. Charles Williams - So Glad She's Mine (2:15)
9. Smiley Lewis - Sweeter Words (Have Never Been Told) (2:24)
10. Eddie Bo - I Love To Rock'n'Roll (2:28)
11. Etta James - Tough Lover (2:13)
12. John Fred - Good Lovin (2:06)
13. The Gondoliers - Knocked Out (2:43)
14. Ernie Kador - Eternity (2:16)
15. Little Richard - Kansas City (2:43)
16. Charles Brown - Please Believe Me (2:57)
17. Johnny Angel - Teenage Wedding (1:38)
18. Clarence Henry - Baby, Baby Please (2:24)
19. The Crystals - Love You So (2:18)
20. Huey & Jerry - I Think You're Jiving Me (2:31)
21. Lester Robertson - Take It Home To Grandma (2:06)
22. Gene & Al's Spacemen - Mercy (2:33)
23. Big Al Downing - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (2:09)
24. Bobby Charles - I'll Turn Square For You (2:20)
25. Roy Brown - Saturday Night (2:19)


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