Wednesday, July 28, 2021

VA - New Orleans Gumbo, Absolutely Essential Collection [2016] (3 x CD's)



VA - New Orleans Gumbo, Absolutely Essential Collection [2016] (3 x CD's)

This selection of 60 top-notch songs illustrates why New Orleans was considered the musical melting pot in the 1950's and early 1960's. The cosmopolitan city brought all its influences together, created its very own sound and produced the best hits in the genres of rock 'n' roll, R'n'B and pop of all time. If you don't own any other such compilations, this is a great way to get a very nice collection. It is unfortunate that the packaging of this set has such a minimalist approach and does not include a booklet or any liner notes beyond the most basic track listing information. (Amazon)



Track lists


01 Fats Domino Ain't That a Shame 2:26

02 Little Richard Tutti Frutti 2:22

03 Dave Bartholomew Tra-La-La 2:29

04 Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2:30

05 Dave Bartholomew My Ding-a-Ling 2:13

06 Clarence Garlow New Bon Ton Roulay 2:53

07 Little Richard Rip It Up 2:18

08 Guitar Slim The Things That I Used to Do 3:00

09 Fats Domino Blue Monday 2:14

10 Lloyd Price Chee Koo Baby 2:11

11 Professor Longhair Tipitina 2:37

12 Bobby Charles See You Later, Alligator 2:48

13 Smiley Lewis I Hear You Knocking 2:43

14 Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters Jock-a-Mo 2:24

15 Spiders I Didn't Want to Do It 2:40

16 Hawks I-Yi 2:37

17 Pee Wee Crayton You Know Yeah 2:32

18 Hawketts Mardi Gras Mambo 2:10

19 Smiley Lewis Real Gone Lover 2:31

20 Bobby Mitchell Try Rock'n'roll 2:07


21 Little Richard Long Tall Sally 2:09

22 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill 2:20

23 Shirley & Lee Let the Good Times Roll 2:21

24 Clarence Frogman Henry Ain't Got No Home 2:20

25 Smiley Lewis One Night 2:17

26 Little Richard Lucille 2:24

27 Huey "piano" Smith & The Clowns Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu 2:14

28 Allen Toussaint Java 1:52

29 Roy Montrell (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone 2:21

30 Eddie Bo I'm Wise (Slippin' and Slidin') 2:12

31 Dave Bartholomew Shrimp and Gumbo 2:04

32 Art Neville Oooh-Wee Baby 2:09

33 Bobby Charles Laura Lee 2:09

34 Lee Allen Walkin' with Mr.Lee 2:24

35 Jerry Byrne Lights Out 1:51

36 Paul Gayten Nervous Boogie 2:18

37 Huey "piano" Smith & The Clowns Don't You Just Know It 2:28

38 Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets Just a Dream 2:29

39 Paul Gayten Windy 1:43

40 Art Neville Arabian Love Call 2:25


41 Frankie Ford Sea Cruise 2:46

42 Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly 2:09

43 Fats Domino Be My Guest 2:00

44 Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law 2:26

45 Lee Dorsey Ya Ya 2:24

46 Chris Kenner I Like It Like That 1:55

47 Clarence Frogman Henry But I Do 2:18

48 Dr. John Storm Warning 3:19

49 Professor Longhair Go to the Mardi Gras 2:53

50 Joe Jones You Talk Too Much 2:30

51 Jessie Hill Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Pts. 1 & 2) 4:24

52 Aaron Neville Over You 2:15

53 Fats Domino Walking to New Orleans 1:59

54 Irma Thomas Cry On 2:25

55 Ernie K-Doe Ta-ta-Te-ta-Ta 2:39

56 Diamond Joe Moanin' and Screamin' (Pts. 1 & 2) 6:40

57 Showmen It Will Stand 2:14

58 Lee Dorsey Do-Re-Mi 2:11

59 Barbara George I Know 2:18

60 Willie Harper New Kind of Love 2:20




  1. Nice comp, but its stylistically similar to the more comprehensive sets under the Sugar series and the set honoring Cosimo Matassa. Don't overlook this one though - the songs by Diamond Joe alone are worth it. Thanks, BB!

    1. Good summary pmac.
      It is , as you say, still a great set.
      I plan to post Cosimo Matassa sets at some stage in the future, probably all Vol. 01 and Vol 02.


    2. Man, those Matassa comps are phenomenal. When I got rid of 99% of my possessions to move to Spain, those are two of the things that made the trip. He was such a phenomenal engineer and person. His kids went on to operate a grocery store not far from where his recording studio was located. Sort of a sad indictment of the times that the kids had to sell the grocery due to the fact that there were few actual residents left in the French Quarter section of New Orleans (due to the rise of Air BNB) and the recording studio became a washeteria, that has since closed. I used to frequent the washeteria, and there woould often be tour groups that would come through it.

    3. Hi pmac,
      Thank you for sharing your story. It is now for sure that I will post these set in the near future, so everyone can hear what you hear...


  2. thank you ButterBoy this is a great upload tks mate

    1. Enjoy the music, Aussie.
      And thank you for the appreciation.


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    1. Hi wbilly,
      Hope you are enjoying this comp.