New Orleans Funk 2: The Original Sound of FunkThe Second Line Strut

Soul Jazz Records
Preview
  • 1. Cyril Neville – Gossip
  • 2. Eddie Bo – If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)
  • 3. Ray J – Right Place Wrong Time
  • 4. The Meters – Chicken Strut
  • 5. Allen Toussaint – Tequila
  • 6. The Prime Mates – Hot Tamales
  • 7. Betty Harris – Show It
  • 8. Lee Dorsey – Four Corners
  • 9. Bonnie and Sheila – You Keep Me Hanging On
  • 10. The Gaturs – Yeah You're Right, You Know You're Right
  • 11. Danny White – The Twitch
  • 12. Inell Young – What Do You See In Her
  • 13. Earl King – Street Parade
  • 14. Eddie Bo & The Soul Finders – The Rubber Band
  • 15. Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller
  • 16. Warren Lee – Mama Said We Can't Get Married
  • 17. Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
  • 18. Joe Chopper & The Swinging 7 Soul Band – Soul Pusher
  • 19. Eddie Bo – Hey Bo
  • 20. Johnny Moore – Haven't I Been Good To You
  • 21. Jimmy Hicks – I'm Mr Big Stuff
  • 22. Warren Lee – Funky Belly
  • 23. G. Davis and R. Tyler – Hold On Help Is On The Way
  • 24. Art Neville – Bo Diddley
  • 25. Porgy Jones – Dap

This is Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the heart of New Orleans and a guide to the city’s finest Funk music produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s.’ Featuring everyone from The Meters to Eddie Bo, Lee Dorsey to Betty Harris, this is a who’s who of the Crescent City’s most famous and most funky! 


The city of New Orleans has deep musical roots that stretch back to Africa. New Orleans first gave birth to Jazz music, a Black musical form centred on rhythm, improvisation, freedom and collectivity at the turn of the century. Similarly in the late 1960s New Orleans Funk came to define a unique sound, mixing Caribbean rhythms, New Orleans second-line syncopation and rhythm and blues, all played by the Big Easy’s finest musicians. 


Whilst Jazz and Funk music spread throughout the world, many African-American musical traditions remained within the city limits such as Mardi Gras and Carnival, Saturday Night Fish Fries, Funeral Marching bands and much more which partly explains why New Orleans music is so unique. 


The album comes with extensive sleeve-notes, exclusive photography and more, and is an essential guide to the musical landscape of New Orleans and - together with Soul Jazz Records’ earlier New Orleans’ releases - presents the definitive story of New Orleans Funk.
Although on the mainland coast, New Orleans is also surrounded by lakes giving the city an island feel. Similarly its proximity to Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and the other West Indian Isles means that Latin and Caribbean musical influences are in its veins as much as American musical traditions. The upside of this city’s isolation is that New Orleans musical traditions flourished away from those of the rest of America. A thriving city full of artists, musicians, singers, producers, record companies, studios (well one studio actually) led to a 24-hour, 7-day a week musical life, playing in clubs, bars, brothels, carnivals and parades. 


The downside of the cities isolation from the rest of the US was that the city never developed a solid music industry to back up the creative over-supply. Whilst New York had Atlantic, Detroit had Motown, Memphis had Stax, Chicago had Chess, Los Angeles had Modern, New Orleans had a multitude of small businesses fighting for space - and often each other. Without the marketing, promotional weight, business nouse and financial clout, New Orleans labels found it hard to get the nationwide distribution necessary to fill the million-odd jukeboxes throughout the country. So whilst every family in America knows the music of Gladys Knight or Smokey Robinson few could tell you about – let alone hum a tune from - Benny Spellman, Inell Young, Warren Lee….This is far from being a reflection of the artists creativity or musicality - as anyone can tell you New Orleans melodies are the catchiest of all - more it is a reflection of the limitations of the local music industry. Some New Orleans artists became successful throughout the US such as Fats Domino in the 1950s and in the late 1960s The Meters and Lee Dorsey, but many artists remained within the city limits. 
This makes for a fascinating goldmine of music released by a complex myriad of small labels run mainly by New Orleans producers, promoters and artists themselves. New Orleans Funk 2 brings together many of these artists along with text, sleeve-notes and photographs that gives social and historical context to the incredibly funky music of New Orleans.

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Soul of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black PowerUnderground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1964-79Soul Jazz Records
This album is released this week to coincide with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation  - Art in the Age of Black Power now...
  • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
  • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
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Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81Soul Jazz Records
This latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful Deutsche Elektronische Musik series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring...
  • 1. Klaus Weiss – Wide Open Space Motion
  • 2. A.R. & Machines – I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song
  • 3. Deutsche Wertarbeit – Deutscher Wald
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Studio One Dub Fire SpecialChapter 3: 18 Heavyweight Dub Cuts From Brentford RoadSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s. Featuring...
12" Record CLASSIC BagNavy BlueSoul Jazz Records
This is our CLASSIC Soul Jazz Records 12" Bag (Navy blue/White). 100% Essential! Get down with the get down! Fantastic new season colours in Soul Jazz...
The Salsoul OrchestraThe Stars Of SalsoulSalsoul
Killer selection of some of the Orchestra's highlights featuring some classic disco mixes and edits from the likes of Danny Krivit, Walter Gibbons, Larry...
  • 1. Oooh I Love It (Shep Pettibone 12"Mix)
  • 2. Magic Bird of Fire (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Remix)
  • 3. Runaway (Danny Krivit Re-Edit)
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Four Below ZeroE.S.P.Soul Jazz Records
NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.ABSOLUTELY SEMINAL SOUL DISCO RARITY...
100% Dynamite (New Edition)Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk in JamaicaSoul Jazz Records
This is the new digitally remastered expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady...
Studio One SoundSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records continues it's journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One with this next instalment featuring everything from classic ska and rocksteady...