April 02, 1996
Rhythm & Blues, Texas Blues, Piano Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Funk, Rock & Roll, New Orleans R&B, Southern Soul, Regional Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Jump Blues, Soul, Urban, Early R&B, West Coast Blues, New Orleans Blues, Pop-Soul

Album Review

The new king of the hill as far as retrospectives of early New Orleans R&B/rock go. This four-CD, 119-song box has hits by all of the major artists and hits and misses by most of the important minor ones as well. The standards for inclusion are flexible and reasonable: Although New Orleans residents usually carry the day, important records that were recorded in New Orleans by non-natives are also featured. Fats Domino, Little Richard, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Smiley Lewis, Chris Kenner, Barbara George, Ernie K-Doe, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, Professor Longhair, Shirley & Lee, and Dr. John are all here, as are one-shots and regional figures like the Showmen, Earl King, Benny Spellman, Dave Bartholomew, and the Spiders. There are plenty of hits, but also plenty of fine songs that most listeners won't be aware of: the original versions of "My Ding-A-Ling" (two of them!), "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday," and "One Night," for instance, which were covered for huge smashes by Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley. It's not perfect: the absence of Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise" is absolutely inexcusable, and the omission of hits like "Blueberry Hill," "Ya Ya," and "Rocking Pneumonia" only slightly less mystifying. It's still the best chunk of New Orleans rock/R&B in one place, with more than enough variety to make the lengthy set a pleasure all the way through.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  2. The Fat Man
  3. Mighty, Mighty Man
  4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  5. The Things That I Used to Do
  6. I Didn't Want to Do It
  7. Jock-A-Mo
  8. I Hear You Knocking
  9. Tutti Frutti
  10. Ain't That a Shame
  11. Let the Good Times Roll
  12. Ain't Got No Home
  13. Let the Four Winds Blow
  14. The Monkey
  15. Don't You Just Know It
  16. Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt. 1
  17. Walking to New Orleans
  18. Mother-In-Law
  19. She Put the Hurt on Me
  20. It Will Stand
  21. I Like It Like That, Pt. 1
  22. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
  23. It's Raining
  24. Working in the Coal Mine
  25. Tell It Like It Is
  26. Cissy Strut
  27. Right Place, Wrong Time
  28. Lady Marmalade
  29. Boogie Woogie Mama
  30. Detroit City Blues
  31. 3 x 7 = 21
  32. That's How You Got Killed Before
  33. Tee-Nah-Nah
  34. Stack-A-Lee, Pt. 2
  35. Poppa Stoppa Theme Song [#]
  36. Jumpin' Tonight (Midnight Rockin')
  37. Ain't Gonna Do It
  38. Every Night About This Time
  39. Shake Shake Baby
  40. Good Jax Boogie
  41. I'm Gone
  42. Looped
  43. The Bells Are Ringing
  44. Who Drank My Beer (While I Was in the Rear?)
  45. Goin' Home
  46. Lillie Mae
  47. Great Big Eyes (Those Little Reds)
  48. Little Girl Sing Ding-A-Ling
  49. Bon Ton Roulet [New Bon Ton Roulet]
  50. You've Gotta Reap
  51. Going to the River
  52. Baby's Gone
  53. Blue Monday
  54. You're the One
  55. Sittin' and Wonderin'
  56. ABC's (Pt. 1)
  57. ABC's (Pt. 2)
  58. Toy Bell
  59. I'm Slipping In
  60. Single Life
  61. Runnin' Wild
  62. Four Winds
  63. Feel So Good
  64. Traveling Mood
  65. Would You?
  66. Witchcraft
  67. I'm in Love Again
  68. One Night
  69. Try Rock & Roll
  70. I Feel Good
  71. Someday
  72. Rockin' at Cosmo's
  73. Chicken Shack Boogie
  74. Please Believe Me
  75. Shame, Shame, Shame
  76. Sick and Tired
  77. Sister Jenny
  78. I'll Be the Bee
  79. I'm Walkin'
  80. Keeper of My Heart
  81. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday
  82. I Want to Walk You Home
  83. Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt. 2
  84. Tiddle Winks
  85. Over You
  86. Whip It on Me
  87. Hello My Love
  88. I Just Want You
  89. It Keeps Rainin'
  90. 'Tain't It the Truth
  91. Come On, Pt. 1
  92. Heavenly Baby
  93. True Love Never Dies
  94. New Orleans Twist
  95. Cry On
  96. It Won't Be Me
  97. Let's Live
  98. Grumblin' Fussin' Nag Nag [Original Title: Always Naggin']
  99. I Cried My Last Tear
  100. Country Fool
  101. Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta
  102. I Done Got over It
  103. Oogsey Moo
  104. A Certain Girl
  105. Fate Planned It This Way
  106. I Want Somebody
  107. Searching for Olive Oil
  108. Help Yourself
  109. The Blues
  110. Always a First Time
  111. Fortune Teller
  112. Valley of Tears
  113. Trick Bag
  114. Every Now and Then
  115. Never Again
  116. Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)
  117. Ruler of My Heart
  118. 39-21-40 Shape
  119. Take a Look