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DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:20 am
by Rob Hall
OK, the world doesn't need another New Orleans compilation. However, these two guys have managed to dig up a whole album's worth of (mostly) little-known gems that will add a New Orleans lustre anyone's party tape. There's the occasional ubiquitous track (Huey Smith's "Don't You Just Know It" for example, and Skip Easterling's "Oo Poo Pah Do" doesn't stray far from the Jessie Hill's classic template) but the majority of these tracks are new to me. This is not just another album of filler: there are some great tracks in here.

You should be able to find it going cheap - Amazon have it for £5.99. If you're at all interested in New Orleans music, it's worth every penny.

Here's the track list:

1. Lover And A Friend - Bo, Eddie & Inez Cheatham
2. Mean Man - Harris, Betty
3. Let The Groove Move You - Lewis, Gus 'The Groove'
4. Boogaloo Mardi Gras - Williams, Bobby
5. La La Man - Morgan, Oliver
6. Pass The Hatchet - Roger & The Gypsies
7. What You Gonna Do - Bo, Eddie
8. All I Want Is You - Mays, Zilla & The Blues Caravan
9. Ohh Poo Pah Do - Easterling, Skip
10. Come Back And See - Kenner, Chris
11. Undivided Love - Reeder, Eskew
12. Book, The - Holmes, Eldridge
13. Sinner Girl - Spellman, Benny
14. Being Without You - Williams, Maurice
15. Don't You Just Know It - Smith, Huey 'Piano'
16. Don't You Ever Leave Me - Zodiacs
17. Gonna Make You Eat My Words - Lang, Eddie
18. Son Of A Slave - Darnell, Larry
19. Brotherman - Smith, Clemon
20. Funky Soul - Batiste, David & The Gladiators
21. Gator Tail - Dorsey, Lee
22. Mini-Skirts And Soul - Kenner, Chris
23. Fence Of Love - Bo, Eddie
24. Star Revue - Lee, Warren

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:52 pm
by Jonathan E.
I'm awaiting! At first I thought, "Another NO compilation?" And then I thought, "Why not?" Looked like some interesting alternative versions to already known tunes. And then I clicked the button. Hopefully arrives tomorrow.

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:27 pm
by will vine
Rob....I'm going to take a punt on your recommendation in the full knowledge that some of my recent punts have failed to live up to their shiny promise. I'm thinking particularly of that 4cd Cosimo Mattassa compilation that the forum seemed to be very keen on.
Thanks for the nod on this one....I hope!

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:31 pm
by NormanD
will vine wrote:...some of my recent punts have failed to live up to their shiny promise. I'm thinking particularly of that 4cd Cosimo Mattassa compilation...
Really, Will? Where did you feel let down? I thought it was a great introduction (if needed) especially for the money. The notes could have been more detailed, maybe, but you hardly need those when you're listening in the motor.

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:53 pm
by Rob Hall
Will - it's a solid collection with a fair number of toe tappers that you might not be familiar with. If you're not satisfied, I'll buy you a pint the next time I see you.

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:07 pm
by will vine
NormanD wrote:
Really, Will? Where did you feel let down? I thought it was a great introduction (if needed) especially for the money. The notes could have been more detailed, maybe, but you hardly need those when you're listening in the motor.[/quote]

It was great to hear the original version of Travellin' Mood, great to replace my long lost copy of The Girl That I Married, and Smiley Lewis, The Hawks, and Pee Wee Crayton also made it worth the money but there's a lot of nondescript boogie shuffle in there too, which is what disappointed. Sometimes there are whole genres of previously loved music I can barely listen to these days....can't remember putting a cajun record on in years.....or that kind of Wynonie Harris jump jive.

Oh....thanks for the offer Rob.

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:33 pm
by Jonathan E.
On the one listen I've so far managed I thought New Orleans Funk Experience pretty good. Almost all songs or versions I haven't heard before; I think four were familiar — your experience may vary. But not another collection of the NO classics — thankfully. Generally at the rough, ragged and somewhat raw R'n'B end of the spectrum, rather than blues or jazz or Mardi Gras tunes, although there are for sure some influences as you'd hope and expect. Funk? I suppose so, but not the turgid end of the funk experience. Definitely a few real gems in there and the one or two tunes that seemed doubtful as they began turned out good by the end. Good sound quality I thought on my not-very-high-end system and without sitting in the sweet spot, such as it is, i.e. suitable for general rockin'.

I've wanted The Cosimo Matassa Story for ages, so perhaps a good warning from Will about its wonderfulness. But, hell, it still looks way good on Amazon. Anyone care to compare that with the Heavy Sugar: Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B release?

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:52 pm
by Jonathan E.
I forgot — utterly negligible sleeve notes with New Orleans Funk Experience, unlike, say, what you get with Saturday Night Fish Fry — New Orleans Funk And Soul from Soul Jazz. Or you would get if you were to spend silly money on a used copy via Amazon. So . . . New Orleans Funk Experience, good for the motor.

BTW, off the top of my head, Saturday Night Fish Fry — New Orleans Funk And Soul has to be about the all-round best single disc NO compilation, which I suppose explains its price. I note that Soul Jazz also have two volumes of straight New Orleans Funk compilations, which I can't claim to be familiar with, although I picked up one of them on vinyl some time ago. Shockingly lazy, that's me sometimes, can't be bothered to turn the record over!

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:54 pm
by Rob Hall
Here's one of the gems on this album - "I'm Gonna Make You Eat Those Words" by Eddie Lang (not that one):

http://www.sirshambling.com/sounds/eddi ... 0Words.mp3

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:11 pm
by will vine
Very late feedback.......Very enjoyable, thanks Rob.

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:50 pm
by judith
Seconded. Thanks for highlighting this one, Will.

Re: DJ Andy Smith & Dean Rudland - New Orleans Funk Experience

PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:17 pm
by Rob Hall
will vine wrote:Very late feedback.......Very enjoyable, thanks Rob.

Pleased that you like it Will. Does that mean you'll be buying *me* a drink the next time we meet up? Either way, I look forward to seeing you sometime soon.