V/A - New Orleans Soul '69 LP RSD
Limited 500 copies.
After almost two decades of furious activity, the recording scene in New Orleans in 1969 was astonishingly subdued. The main reason for this was the collapse of Cosimo Matassa’s Dover conglomerate the previous year. Dover was a one stop shop for the myriad of small labels in the locality, providing a recording studio, pressing plant, distribution and publicity, all for a smallish fee. And when Dover died so did the vast majority of its clients. So instead of hundreds of 45s, only about 40 singles were released that year. Despite the small number of 45s, the quality was, if anything, higher than ever. We present the pick of the songs from 1969 here, with funk being the prominent musical genre of the moment, with a few ballads and straight ahead soul tracks as a change of pace. This LP is therefore a snapshot of a troubled year in New Orleans showing how the city’s unquenchable musical spirit still survived – and flourished.
Side 1 1 Soul Power (Pt. 1) - The Soul Powers 2 Pony Express - Walter Washington & The Soul Powers 3. When I Wanna See You - Klicky Robinson 4. Little Boy Blue - Little Buck 5. Love Is So Real - The Barons 6. I've Got Reasons - Mary Jane Hooper 7. Bring Your Love Home To Me - Donald Lee Richardson 8. Katty's Thing - Anthony Butler & The Invaders
Side 2 1. I Got It Bad - Chuck Johnson 2. The President Of Soul - Rockie Charles 3. Pennsylvania Coalyard Blues - Skip Easterling 4. Back In Mother's Arms - Curley Moore 5. Love Is Like Fire (I Just Got Burned) - Calvin Lee 6. Bad Bad Understanding - Lee Bates 7. There Ought To Be A Law - Tab Thomas