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Various Artists Collections - New Orleans Blues 

VARIOUS ARTISTS Flying Fish 099 10th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ● CD $14.98
Split between blues artists (Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Pete Williams, Ironing Board Sam), Louisiana music (Clifton Chenier, Mamou Hour Cajun Band, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra) and various jazz approaches (Charles Mingus, Eubie Blake, Henry Butler), this celebration of a decade of Jazz & Heritage Festivals has something for everyone among you roots music fans. 12 cuts. (MB)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Louisiana Red Hot 9103 Blues: The Language Of New Orleans ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 715 Jump 'n' Shout! New Orleans Blues & Rhythm ● CD $14.98
Considerably expanded version of Pearl 15 featuring 25 fine blues and R&B sides recorded for Regal & Deluxe in New Orleans between 1949 and 1953. Includes unissued sides and tracks not reissued anywhere before - Dave Bartholomew, Erline Harris with The Johnson Brothers Combo, The Johnson Brothers Combo (featuring Plas Johnson), Larry Darnell, Annie Laurie, Joseph "Google Eyes" August, Chubby "Hip Shakin'" Newsome, Ernie K-Doe, Sammy Cotton with Paul Gayten and James "Blazer Boy" Locks.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7018 New Orleans Twist Party ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 39 min., recommended A solid party/dance collection if ever there was one, this compilation of 45's originally recorded for RIP Records in 1959-1962 by Professor Longhair, Reggie Hall, Eddie Bo, and Bobby Mitchell radiates energy as only New Orleans music can. The sound quality, clearly dubbed from slightly scratchy, bass-heavy vinyl, does leave a bit to be desired, but the music is still too good to miss. Among the shufflin' tunes are Whole Lotta Twistin' and Everybody's Blowin' (parts 1 and 2) by Professor Longhair, Always Pickin' on Me and The Joke by Hall, You're the Only One and Let's Limbo by Bo, and You've Got the Nerve and Walking in Circles by Mitchell. Nice music to celebrate the end of the work week with. No liner notes at all, but a great caricature of two twisters on the cover. (DH)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rounder 2080 Troubles, Troubles-New Orleans Blues from Ric & Ron ● CD $15.98
Excellent continuation of Rounder's exploration of Joe Ruffino's Ric & Ron labels, focusing on its blues output. Chief New Orleans exponent was the tough guitarist Eddie Lang, whose 5 hot Guitar Slim-styled bluesrockers from 1958 highlight this LP. Edgar Blanchard & his Gondeliers and the Jimmy Rivers contribute several fine instrumentals, while the rest is performed by non-New Orleanians. Mississippi-based Mercy Baby, who was Frankie Lee Sims' drummer adds 2 raunchy Excello-flavored sides, and the set is rounded out by Jerry Morris of Lafayette, backed by some burning guitar from Clarence Garlow, on 4 raucous tunes. 7 of the 14 songs here are previously unissued. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Eclipse 64416 Whole Lotta Blues ... Crescent City ● CD $11.98
Enjoyable collection of 16 N.O. blues and R&B sides including The Fat Man by Fats Domino, C.C. Rider by Snooks Eaglin, Wish Someone Would Care by Irma Thomas, Let The Four Winds Blow by Roy Brown, I Don't Know Why (But I Do) by Clarence "Frogman" Henry, The Things I used To Do by Guitar Slim plus cuts from Paul Gayten & Annie Laurie, Sugar Boy Crawford, Joe Turner, dave Bartholomew, Smiley Lewis and others.

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