Monday, March 7, 2022

VA - Funky Funky New Orleans Vol. 01 - 06 [1997-2021] (6 x CD's)



VA - Funky Funky New Orleans Vol. 01 - 06 [1997-2021] (6 x CD's)

Vol. 01     When Tuff City began releasing these Funky Funky New Orleans compilations in the late 90's, every track was a revelation. Any funk enthusiasts who only knew the Meters and Eddie Bo could learn there was a whole lot more where that came from, each track grittier and more whacked-out than the last one. By the time the label got to Volume 5, it was using acetates credited to “Unknown Artist,” and even those tracks were killer. (

Vol. 02     The second installment in Funky Delicacies' excellent exploration into the unearthed funk gems of New Orleans spans 1969-1973, which some may argue are the glory years for raw funk and soul. But in contrast to the previous volume, this second installment takes an eclectic look at the diversity and versatility of the scene. The sophistication and undisputable Memphis influence found on Dome City Orchestra's "Quiet Village" contrasts nicely with Wardell Quezerque's distinctive production and arrangement style found on the Enticer's "Theif" and Larry Hamilton's "Gossip" and "Keep the News to Yourself." The contrasts from one group to another are noticeable to even the most novices of ears; hints of Curtom, Motown, Stax, and Philly labels are all evident, but like everything else good about New Orleans, it makes jambalaya out of these influences and presents a sound distinct but unified. (Amazon)

Vol. 03     This third compilation in the excellent Funky Funky New Orleans series features a blend of well-worn rarities and treasures that will please beatheads and soul fanatics alike. Contributions from Big Easy fixtures Burnt Toast & Coffee, Wolfman Washington, and the Explosions all balance more obscure tunes and tracks from anonymous male singers that are as party-friendly as they are soulfully inspired. (Allmusic review by Rob Theakston)

Vol. 04     This fourth installment in the excellent Funky Funky New Orleans series not only features one of the most jarring covers ever to grace a funk records compilation, but some of the deepest cuts as well. Several songs from the highly revered JB's label make their first appearance on compact disc here, including "The Monkey That Became President" by the Brotherhood, Larry Jones' outstanding "Funky Jaws" (both vocal and instrumental versions), and the consistently excellent Fantoms with "Turn Me On." Not the strongest in the series, but collectors and beatheads will find this to be the most obscure and eclectic of the bunch. (AllMusic review by Rob Theakston)

Vol. 05      This latest in the series of rare funk releases on Tuff City’s Funky Delicacies imprint shows that the vast reserve of unheralded groove from the Crescent City’s salad days remains undepleted. Folks who think the Meters invented New Orleans funk and then died with it are gonna have a field day with this release, expertly restored as usual from the vaults of defunct and wonderfully monikered labels like Power Funksion and Hep Me. Indeed, six of these 17 tracks have never been heard by the general public at all, and the closest thing to a recognizable hit here is Deacon John’s “You Don’t Know How (To Turn Me On)” from Bell. Aside from one Eddie Bo track (a very Ike and Tina duet with Inez Cheatham on “Lover and a Friend”), the names here are likely to sail past most heads not bobbin’ in town back in the day. If you know who the Louisiana Purchase, the Top Notes, and the Dome City Orchestra are, however, listen up.  There are no real “lost classics” here for anyone not besotted with deep funk, but the sound’s good—as good as it can be, anyway, considering that some of these original masters are long gone—and while New Orleans funk from this period isn’t much different than what was going on in other cities, it was, as you might imagine, more syncopated and unselfconsciously gritty at a time when even Memphis artists were starting to sweeten their sound. It’s also a lot of fun, given how Muchos Plus turn “I Shot The Sheriff” into “Funky Sheriff” by simultaneously building off of and mocking Eric Clapton’s version and how Dome City Orchestra perform similar miracles with Earth Wind and Fire’s “That’s The Way of the World” on the instrumental “Higher, Higher.” It’s the kind of sound that practically has bell-bottoms on it, but if you like it deep and rare, the FFNO series will deliver. (

Vol. 06     After a twelve-year break, the series is back—sort of. Volume 6 is a vinyl-only release, clocking in at a scant half-hour, and instead of newly unearthed tracks, we get mostly songs that have been compiled before. There’s one real find, though: “(What’s His Name) Black Samson” is the theme song from a little-known 1974 Blaxploitation movie, which was scored by Allen Toussaint and featured the Meters throughout, with future short-time Meters member Willie West singing the theme. It makes you wish for a reissue of the complete soundtrack (if you’re really curious, the whole movie’s on YouTube). Elsewhere there’s more Meters history with George Porter Jr’s late ’70s band Joy Ride—which veers into more expansive P-Funk territory—and the equally short-lived Sam & the Soul Machine, with Zigaboo Modeliste on drums. Eddie Bo’s “Stink Bomb” comes from the ’80s, when he was trying his luck with relatively straight-ahead jazz funk. My favorite track here is probably the least rare one: Robert Parker’s “The Hiccup” was a later and far quirkier attempt to come up with a dance-craze song in the “Barefootin’” vein.   It’s mostly first-class stuff, but aside from the Willie West track, confirmed funkateers will already own most of it. After all these years, there are only so many fresh muthas left in the motherlode (


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Track lists

Vol. 01

01 Louisiana Homegrown Chiller 3:07

02 Eddie Bo and The Soul Finders Hook and Sling 3:36

03 Gaturs Swivel Your Hips 5:46

04 Walter Washington & The Soul P Soul Power 2:30

05 Rhythm Masters Black Conversation 3:02

06 Chuck Cornish Ali; Funky Thing 2:54

07 Sonny Jones Lighten Up 5:00

08 Eddie Bo If It's Good to Ya, It's Good 5:04

09 Louisiana Homegrown Homegrown 4:00

10 Rhythm Masters I Can Do Anything You Can Do 3:28

11 Jimmy Hicks I'm Mr. Big Stuff 2:33

Vol. 02

01 Dome City Rock Orchestra Quiet Village, Pt. 1 & 2 6:11

02 Gary Brown; Soul Machine 2 Get Down, Pt. 1 & 2 5:50

03 Isaac Price II Funky Sweep 1:59

04 Leroy Clofer and Company Mr. Big Man 3:35

05 Larry Hamilton Gossip 2:40

06 Larry Hamilton Funky Belly, Pt. 1 & 2 8:02

07 Trick Bag Dull Knifin' 4:03

08 Sam & the Soul Machine Git-It 2:44

09 Electrostats 21st Century Kenya 3:27

10 Sonny Jones Sissy Walk, Pt. 1 & 2 (Scram Mix) 4:26

11 New Orleans All Stars When the Saints Go Marching In (Saints Boogaloo at Halftime) 4:05

12 Enticers Thief 2:32

13 Richard Caiton Take a Hold Brothers & Sisters 2:52

14 Ernie and The Top Notes, Inc. Things Are Better 2:21

15 Larry Hamilton Keep the News to Yourself 2:54

16 Inell Young The Next Ball Game 2:10

17 Luther Kent & Trick Bag Tennessee Waltz 4:15

18 Leonard Harris The Joke 3:08

Vol. 03

01 Carl Marshall; Sound Dimension Mardi Gras Party 2:48

02 Marilyn Barbarin Reborn 2:24

03 Tyrone Chestnut The Bump 2:30

04 Wardell Querzegue Band (That's Who I Think I Am) I'm Mr. Big Stuff 3:02

05 Burnt Toast and Coffee Give Your Love To Me 4:34

06 Larry Hamilton My Mind Keeps Playing Tricks On Me 2:52

07 Bobby Mclaughlin Funky Birthday 4:20

08 Reuben Bell Superjock 2:54

09 Wardell Quezergue I'm Your Sex Machine 4:15

10 Walter "Wolfman" Washington Goody Man 2:53

11 Funky Moon Band The Bump (Instrumental) 2:12

12 Explosions Hip Drop, Pt. 1 2:39

13 Barons Love Power 2:38

14 Deacon John You Don't Know How To Turn Me On 2:36

15 Burnt Toast and Coffee I Love You Girl, Pt. 1 4:29

16 Burnt Toast and Coffee I Love You Girl, Pt. 2 3:53

17 Wardell Quezergue Freakenstein 2:24

Vol. 04

01 Fantoms Turn Me On 3:38

02 Brotherhood The Monkey That Became President, Pt. 1 3:30

03 Lonnie Jones Actions Speak Louder Than Words 3:25

04 Warren Lee Direct from the Ghetto 3:40

05 Brothers Two Come on and Make Me 2:26

06 Larry Jones Funky Jaws 3:19

07 Brotherhood Sooky Feeling, Pt. 1 3:20

08 Fantoms Jungle Weed 2:57

09 Jerry Byrne I'm from the South 3:13

10 Trick Bag Ode to Billy Joe (Live) 15:33

11 Chuck Conway Get on Up, Pt. 2 2:38

12 Brothers Two How to Make Love 1:57

Vol. 05

01 Sam & the Soul Machine Gun 4:10

02 Louisiana Purchase Bad High 5:31

03 Dirty D' Dirty D' 3:34

04 Ray J & Norma Jean Raising Hell 3:07

05 James Pane Dance For Me 3:45

06 Muchos Plus Funky Sherrif 4:20

07 Eddie Bo; Inez Cheatham Lover And A Friend 2:37

08 Raymond Winnfield; Ernie Vincent and his Top Notes Things Could Be Better 3:07

09 Louisiana Purchase Search The Purchase 3:18

10 Dome City Orchestra Higher, Higher 3:00

11 Louisiana Purchase Accept What You Expect 3:10

12 Muchos Plus BluesGuajiRock 4:00

13 Norma Jean No Competition 2:29

14 Raymond Winnfield; Ernie Vincent and his Top Notes Tweedie Pie 2:33

15 Deacon John Moore You Don't Know How (To Turn Me On) 2:36

16 Little Buck Little Boy Blue 2:35

17 Dome City Orchestra Blues For Stevie 6:07

Vol. 06

01 Willie West What's His Name: Black Samson 3:16

02 Louisiana Purchase Accept What You Expect 3:10

03 Eddie Bo Stink Bomb 4:03

04 Raymond Winnfield Tweedie Pie 2:33

05 George Porter's Joy Ride Da Boys From Across The Tracks 5:17

06 Raymond Winnfield Things Could Be Better 3:06

07 Sam and The Soul Machine Water Hole 3:04

08 Willie Tee Sweet Thing 3:15

09 Robert Parker The Hiccup 2:29

010 Robert Parker The Hiccup (Instrumental Version) 3:01




  1. I only have v1. Didn't know about the others.
    This label didn't have good distribution in my area.
    Thanks Butterboy!

    1. You're welcome OldDJ,
      It is always good to be surprised.


  2. Thanks for these Butterboy, I already have Vol 1 & Vol 2...good to get the full set here.

  3. I only had the first two, also. Had no idea these others existed. Many thanks, BB!

  4. Replies
    1. You're welcome Guitarradeplastico,scraping oddities.


  5. Adding these compilations,[unknown here in Greece] to all the other you offered, I feel lucky to be a visitor tn your blog. Thanks BB!!

    1. Thank you Manolis.
      your comment is my greatest pleasure. I try to provide new music together with the old and familiar.
      When the music unknown is is always a great surprise and often a pleasure.


  6. Thanks for this series. I never found more than vvolume 1.

    1. Thanks Smokey,
      The others are all great to listen to as well.


  7. Great stuff - I think I've got a Funky, Funky New York rip somewhere, don't know if this is part of a series (the NY is a single CD of 16 tracks via Tuff City).

    1. Thanks puw.
      There are many great tracks here. I was surprised how many people are not aware of this set.