V/A, The Rough Guide To The Music of New Orleans (2012)
It’s just a snapshot – but it plays out nicely, from the obvious stuff like Jessie Hill’s Ooh Poo Pah Doo and The Meters’ Look-Ka Py Py through to revivalists like Kermit Ruffins and some of the Treme soundtrack stuff…I bought this LP at Record Store Day a couple of years ago, a wee primer, a bit of fun. It’s been handy, lately, as my son is hooked on the Putumayo New Orleans Playground CD – so this is his next step. And it’s never far from the DJ crate either – handy during any set, really. Those “Rough Guides” aren’t always great but often they supply just enough to get someone started, to fill the obvious gaps. I like this one. It’s not all great but the very good stuff here certainly is.
Sample Track: Street Parade – Part 1 (Earl King)
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