Cybore New Orleans Selection

I put this selection together around 2009 when I was doing the Cybore blog.

I first got into this music through Lee Dorsey and The Meters. Lee Dorsey probably came from following The Clash so closely (who co-opted Lee) and I had a great Dorsey Charley compilation which Joe had done the liner-notes for. The Meters came through the sampling era of Hip-Hop when they were at the end of every fork. They play on a number of these tracks.

There's something completely timeless about this era of New Orleans Soul and R'n'B. You won't necessarily agree me with me but most Soul has dated very badly. I combed through the Stax, Motown, Chess and Atlantic catalogs last year and the paucity of really great material was shocking. Booker T and the MGs vs The Meters - I mean, c'mon, The Meters absolutely crush the MGs. And what's more you can hear The Meters clearly in the Upsetters.

Slight nod to Greil Marcus here with Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces" and Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" - in case you never heard these.

RIP Allen Touissant.

Lipstick Traces - Benny Spellman
Tipitina - Professor Longhair
You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones
Pop-Eye - Huey Smith
It Will Stand - The Showmen
Sick and Tired - Elton Anderson
Barefootin' - Robert Parker
Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
Love Lots of Lovin' - Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris
Don't Pity Me - Curly Moore
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Ruler Of My Heart - Irma Thomas
I'm Gone - Shirley & Lee
Don't You Just Know It - Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
I Like It Like That (Parts 1 & 2) - Chris Kenner
Te Ta Te Ta Ta - Ernie K-Doe
Don’t You Know Yockomo - Huey Smith
I Don't Need No One - Willie & Allen
Gonzo - James Booker
Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1) - Jessie Hill
I Love You - Elton Anderson
Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups
Here Come The Girls - Ernie K-Doe
Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Over You - Aaron Neville
Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 2) - Jessie Hill
Cha Dooky Doo - Art Neville
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price

And one more for good luck: