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NEIGHBORS COMPLAINT
TRACY NELSON
AARON NEVILLE
ART NEVILLE
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS
NINO & THE EBBTIDES
THE NUTMEGS

 

NEIGHBORS COMPLAINT Collectables 5013 Remember Then ● CD $11.98
80s acapella group from Philly doing lots of oldies - title song + A Thousand Miles Away/ I'm So You ng/ Gloria/ I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent, etc.

 
TRACY NELSON Rounder 3123 In The Here And Now ● CD $16.98
11 tracks, 45 mins., recommended As well-deserved as Bonnie Raitt's current fame is, occasionally an album like this comes along to remind that there's equally stunning talent out there that certainly deserves as much acclaim. Since the mid-60s, Nelson, with a voice of devastating power and nearly bottomless emotion, has belted out her unique blues as a solo artist, with the legendary band Mother Earth, and with practically every top blues artist in the country. Here's her first album in more than a decade and it burns with a blue flame. New songs like Living the Blues match perfectly with classics like It Hurts Me Too and Please Send Me Someone to Love, sung as a duet with New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas. Rediscover a tremendous blues singer with this CD and then go hunt up her classic records for a double treat. (DC)

 
AARON NEVILLE A&M 5354 Warm Your Heart ● CD $11.98
Not since 1985 and the release of the creamy soul souffle Orchid In The Storm collection have there been delicate solo interpretations like this. With a voice like an angel in the body of a giant, Mr. Neville moans, wails and waves honey-coated webs around Randy Newman's Louisiana 1927, The Main Ingredients' Everybody Plays A Fool, John Hiatt's It Feels Like Rain, The Drifters' 1961 hit Don't Go, Please Stay (supported by The Grace Episcopal Boys Choir Of L.A.), Clyde McPhatter's Warm Your Heart (the title track), the traditional Bahamian gospel ballad I Bid You Goodnight, my personal fave, plus a magnificently warbled reading of Ave Maria arranged by Linda Ronstadt who not only produced this glorious collection (along with Geo Massenburg), but convincingly sings in duet with Aaron on The 5 Keys' arrangement of Close Your Eyes. Supporting background harmonies and choruses supplied by Ronstadt, along with notable talent as Rita Coolidge and Bobby King. A touchingly beautiful collection by today's true soul brother number one. (OLN)

 
AARON NEVILLE A&M 540 086-2 The Grand Tour ● CD $11.98
13 tracks, 53 min., recommended. Production here is so slick it's a wonder the music doesn't slide off the disc when you pick it up. When you've got Neville's refined vibrato in your sonic corner, you don't need to clutter it up with 19 other musicians--and that's just the opening song, Don't Take Away My Heaven--especially when some of them are determined to wash everything is strings. But I bet it sells a million copies. At any rate, Aaron manages some very fine moments, including the starkly simple interpretation of The Lord's Prayer, the self-penned The Roadie Song, featuring his bros., and the C&W title track. Linda Ronstadt vocalizes tunefully on Leonard Cohen's Song Of Bernadette. (JC)

 
AARON NEVILLE Collectables 5132 Tell It Like It Is - Golden Classics ● CD $11.98
A disappointing eleven-song set of Aaron's Par-Lo sides from 1966-67. Girlie choruses and slick pop-arrangements wipe out whatever soulful dress Neville has to offer. Two redeeming features include his hit Tell It Like It Is and a tasty instrumental Bet You're Surprised. Some duplication with other collections. Not half as good as the earlier, previously reissued, Minit sides. Fluffy, scant sleeve notes. (OLN)

 
AARON NEVILLE Curb 77491 Tell It Like It Is ● CD $11.98
This is where things get confusing...not the same package as the Ace or Collectables Tell It Like It Is reissue, but does duplicate his most popular tracks - Tell It Like It Is/ Over You from the previous Curb hits package (Curb 77303). 13 New Orleans classics, mostly 60's material - I'm Waiting At The Station/ Get Out Of My Life/ Sweet Little Mama/ How Could I Help But Love You and more. For your extra bucks you do get some good liner notes, which are conspicuously absent from Curb's budget releases. (MB)

 
AARON NEVILLE Rhino 70956 Orchid In The Storm ● CD $11.98
5-song CD - Pledging My Love/For Your Precious Love/The Ten Commandments Of Love/Earth Angel and medley with Art Neville of This Is My Story & We Belong Together.

 
ART NEVILLE Specialty 7023 His Specialty Recordings 1956-58 ● CD $14.98
This package, one of the newest additions to the Legends Of Specialty series, offers a comprehensive glimpse at the first Neville Bro' to hit wax. Art's mid-50's efforts were pretty much in the Little Richard vein of New Orleans rock (without the savagery), and have been collected previously on Ace 188 (Mardi Gras Rock'N'Roll) and Specialty 2165 (That Old Time Rock'N'Roll). This compilation adds 3 unissued demos (of limited interest) to such classics as Oooh-Whee Baby/ Zing Zing/ Cha Dooky-Doo/ That Old Time Rock'N' Roll/ Belle Amie and the first U.S. appearance of Art's duet with Larry Williams on Rockin' Pneumonia. 20 cuts. (MB)

 
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS A&M 75021 4866-2 Fiyo On The Bayou ● CD $11.98
The incredible, definitive, essential Nevilles classic with Hey Pocky Way/Brother John/Run Joe and 5 more winners.

 
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS A&M 75021 5240-2 Yellow Moon ● CD $11.98
Striking album by New Orlean's first family, the Neville Brothers, in a welcome return to form after the ill-advised pop of Uptown. With Daniel Lanois production stripped down to reveal the Brothers strengths, they shine on such unabashedly political songs as the anthemic Sister Rosa and Wake Up (Superpowers). The Caribbean touch of Yellow Moon and the classic New Orleans groove of Fire and Brimstone and Wild Injuns deliver a revitalised Nevilles sound that equals or tops their previous work. And finally 4 sublime efforts from the unearthly voice of Aaron Neville, on Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come, Dylan's With God On Our Side and the chilling Ballad Of Hollis Brown, and an achingly lovely Will the Circle Be Unbroken top off a splendid effort (and a good value, with over 50 minutes). (JM)

 
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS A&M 5312-2 Brother's Keeper ● CD $11.98

 
NINO & THE EBBTIDES Dee-Jay Jamboree 55042 Anthology, 1957-1965 ● CD $18.98
33 tracks, 77 min., recommended A maximum length overview of the career of this Italian-American doo-wop quartet, a group whose output spans several labels (Acme, Recorte, Marco, Bell, Mr. Peeke, and Madison) and the years 1957 to 1965. Led by Antonio "Nino" Aiello, the Ebb Tides scored their biggest hit in 1961 with a slightly varied cover of Little Caesar and the Romans' West Coast hit, Those Oldies But Goodies. Other Ebb Tides' numbers saw chart action only on the East Coast. Also on the playlist here are Juke Box Saturday Night, Little Miss Blue, Wished I Was Home, Nursery Rhymes, Franny Franny, Puppy Love, You Make Me Wanna Rock and Roll, The Real Meaning of Christmas, Tell the World I Do, Linda Lou Garret (likes 24 Karat), Stardom (with the Co-Eds), and an a cappella version of Wonderful Tonight. The package features lengthy and informative notes, excellent sound quality, and several vintage group photos. (DH)

 
THE NUTMEGS Collectables 5018 Greatest Hits ● CD $11.98
12 classic Herald sides from the mid-50s including the classic Story Untold + The Ship Of Love/ Gift Of Gabbin' Woman/ My Story/ A Love So True, etc.
THE NUTMEGS: A Dream of love/ A Love So True/ Betty Lou/ Comin' Home/ Crazy 'Bout You/ Gift O'Gabbin' Woman/ Key To the Kingdom/ Make Me Lose My Mind/ My Story/ My Sweet Dream/ Rip Van Winkle/ Rock Me/ Someone, Somewhere/ Story Untold/ Story Untold (outtake)/ The Ship Of Love/ Whispering Sorrow

 
THE NUTMEGS Relic 7038 Story Untold ● CD $14.98
Relic originally compiled the Nutmegs output on LP #5011 several years back. This CD update offers the original 12 cuts plus four additional numbers, two that were previously unreleased and two outtakes. Unfortunately, this issue omits the terrific a cappella version of Shifting Sands found on the original LP. Nonetheless, it's great to have these great Leroy Griffin led numbers available on the current format. This disc contains all of the material that the group recorded for Herald Records, 18 numbers in all, including the title track, My Sweet Dream/ Whispering Sorrows, the unreleased Hello/ Ship of Love, and Key to the Kingdom. Ballads alternate with uptempo numbers throughout the program. The cover is a reproduction of the rare Nutmegs EP on Herald. And sound quality is excellent, as are Donn Fileti's informative notes. Essential for any 50's vocal group fan. (DH)
THE NUTMEGS: A Love So True/ Comin' Home/ Crazy 'bout You/ Gift 'o Gabbin' Woman/ Hello Betty Lou/ Key To The Kingdom/ Make Me Lose My Mind/ My Story/ My Sweet Dream/ Rip Van Winkele/ Rock Me/ Ship Of Love/ Story Untold/ Ting A Ling/ Whispering Sorrows

 

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