Jul 25, 2015

RhoDeo 1529 Grooves

Hello, a bit of local surfing and much to my surprise George Clinton /Funkadelic will be giving a free concert tomorrow night less then a 15 min walk away from my home, bit of a pity the weather tomorrow is autumn like (with storm) this after plenty of fine weather this summer thusfar, i hope those doing the carnival streetparade in the afternoon dont get blown away and see their creations disintegrated. I wont be watching, the Tour de France has its grand finale at Alpe D'Huez tomorrow...


Today and these last weeks you'll got an American funk band that defined New Orleans funk, not only on their own recordings, but also as the backing band for numerous artists, and they did themselves another fovor by appearing and releasing great music under their family name far the latter part of the previous century  Despite their reputation as an extraordinary live band, they never broke into the mainstream, but their sound provided the basis for much of the funk and hip-hop of the '80s and '90s.   ... N'joy

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Throughout their long careers as both solo performers and as members of the group that bore their family name, the Neville Brothers proudly carried the torch of their native New Orleans' rich R&B legacy. Although the four siblings -- Arthur, Charles, Aaron, and Cyril -- did not officially unite under the Neville Brothers aegis until 1977, all had crossed musical paths in the past, while also enjoying success with other unrelated projects: Eldest brother Art was the first to tackle a recording career, when in 1954 his high school band the Hawketts cut "Mardi Gras Mambo," a song that later became the annual carnival's unofficial anthem. Both Aaron and Charles later joined the Hawketts as well, and when Art joined the Navy in 1958, he handed Aaron the group's vocal reins.

Two years later, Aaron scored his first solo hit, "Over You"; in 1966, he notched a pop smash with the classic "Tell It Like It Is," a lush ballad showcasing his gossamer vocals. Art, meanwhile, returned from the service to begin his own solo career, and recorded a series of regional hits like "Cha Dooky Doo," "Zing Zing," and "Oo-Whee Baby." In 1967, he formed Art Neville and the Sounds, which included both Aaron and Charles as featured vocalists and quickly became a sensation on the local club circuit.

In 1968 producer Allen Toussaint hired the group as the house band for his Sansu Enterprises; minus Aaron and Charles, the Sounds evolved into a highly regarded rhythm section which backed artists as diverse as Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, and LaBelle before eventually finding fame on their own as the Meters. Consequently, Aaron resumed his solo career, although with only sporadic success; as a result, he also worked as a dock hand. Charles, meanwhile, relocated to New York City, where his skills as a saxophonist led to tenures with a variety of jazz units; after returning to New Orleans, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and served a three-year sentence at the Angola Prison Farm.

In 1975, the Meters backed the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a group led by the Nevilles' uncle, George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry. Both Aaron and Charles were enlisted for the session, as was youngest brother Cyril; when the Meters disbanded the following year, the four brothers backed the Tchoupitoulas on tour, and in 1977 they officially banded together as the Neville Brothers. Despite their gift for intricate four-part harmonies, their self-titled 1978 debut unsuccessfully cast the vocal quartet as a disco band, and following a dismal response they were dropped by their label, Capitol.

The Nevilles spent the following three years without a contract, but after signing with A&M, fan Bette Midler helped secure the services of producer Joel Dorn for 1981's superior Fiyo on the Bayou, which spotlighted Aaron's angelic tenor on standards like "Mona Lisa" and "The Ten Commandments of Love" along with renditions of "Iko Iko" and "Brother John." Despite widespread critical acclaim, the album sold poorly, and again the Nevilles were cut loose from their contract. After signing to the tiny Black Top label, they issued 1984's Neville-ization, an incendiary live set recorded at the Crescent City landmark Tipitina's which featured Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and Aaron's perennial "Tell It Like It Is" alongside the brothers' own "Africa" and "Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy."

After another concert album, 1987's Live at Tipitina's, the Nevilles signed with EMI and returned to the studio in 1987 with Uptown, which again met with commercial failure despite cameo appearances from Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia, and Carlos Santana. In 1989, they re-signed to A&M and recruited the services of famed New Orleans producer Daniel Lanois; the atmospheric Yellow Moon, the group's finest hour, finally earned them success on the charts, thanks in part to the anthemic single "Sister Rosa." 1990's Brother's Keeper fared even better, no doubt spurred by Aaron's concurrent success with Linda Ronstadt on the smash duet "Don't Know Much."

In subsequent years, Aaron reignited his solo career while also remaining with his brothers; while the Nevilles retained their cult following with LPs like 1992's Family Groove, 1994's Live on Planet Earth, and 1996's Mitakuye Oyasin Oyasin/All My Relations, Aaron scored a Top Ten hit in 1991 with the single "Everybody Plays the Fool," taken from the Ronstadt-produced Warm Your Heart. In 1993, he notched a minor hit with "Don't Take Away My Heaven" from the LP The Grand Tour; a year later, he found success with "I Fall to Pieces," a duet with country star Trisha Yearwood. In 1990, Charles also issued the jazz collection Charles Neville & Diversity.

In addition, a second generation of Nevilles also began making their mark on music; in 1988, Aaron's son Ivan, a member of Keith Richards' backing band the Xpensive Winos, released his solo debut, If My Ancestors Could See Me Now. The Neville Brothers legacy continued in 1999 with Valence Street.


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At the dawn of the 21st century, the Neville Brothers may well be the greatest living institution of New Orleans R&B, but it took a long time for them to achieve such a lofty status, and the talents of Aaron, Art, Charles, and Cyril Neville had been scattered through a number of different groups (and a number of different record labels) over the space of three decades before they began to finally gain the nationwide recognition they richly deserved in the mid-'80s. Treacherous: A History of the Neville Brothers was the first compilation album to paint a reasonably accurate picture of the full scope of the Nevilles' accomplishment, and it still stands as the best introduction to their body of work. While it predates their acclaimed collaborations with producer Daniel Lanois on Yellow Moon and Brother's Keeper, it's a near-flawless representation of the Neville Brothers' earlier period (both as individuals and collectively), blending classic New Orleans R&B, smooth balladry, traditional second-line rhythms, potent Crescent City funk, and plenty of stops in between into a mighty and potent gumbo of joyous groove. Treacherous also cherrypicks the highlights from several unfortunately uneven albums, and flows more comfortably than many of the group's "real" albums. Anyone with even a passing interest in New Orleans music needs to check out the Neville Brothers, and this collection is as good a starter as anyone could hope for.



The Neville Brothers - Treacherous, A History Of  (flac  251mb)

01 The Hawketts - Mardi Gras Mambo 2:14
02 Art Neville - Cha Dooky-Do 2:30
03 Art Neville - Zing, Zing 2:00
04 Aaron Neville - Over You 2:18
05 Aaron Neville - Every Day 2:51
065 Aaron Neville - Let's Live 2:45
07 Aaron Neville - Waiting At The Station 2:22
08 Art Neville - All These Things 3:18
09 Aaron Neville , How Can I Help But Love You 2:53
10 Aaron Neville - Wrong Number (I Am Sorry, Goodbye) 2:41
11 Aaron Neville - Where Is My Baby 3:49
12 Cyril Neville - Gossip 2:56
13 Aaron Neville - Hercules 4:03
14 The Wild Tchoupitoulas - Meet De Boys On The Battlefront 3:22

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The Neville Brothers - Treacherous A History Of 2  (flac 416mb)

01 The Wild Tchoupitoulas - Brother John 3:34
02 Aaron Neville - The Greatest Love 3:41
03 The Neville Brothers - Performance 3:04
04 The Neville Brothers - Dancing Jones 3:10
05 The Neville Brothers - Arianne 4:45
06 The Neville Brothers - Washable Ink 3:59
07 Aaron Neville - I Love Her Too 3:50
08 The Neville Brothers - Hey Pocky Way 4:12
09 The Neville Brothers - Sitting In Limbo 4:10
10 The Neville Brothers - Fire On The Bayou 5:17
11 The Neville Brothers - Fever 5:11
12 Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is 2:41
13 The Neville Brothers - Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy 4:20
14 The Neville Brothers - Amazing Grace / Down By The Riverside / Amen (Live) 7:48

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Okay, there's no such thing as secondhand revelation, but the Neville Brothers had more than enough stray tracks from their decades of local music-making around New Orleans to justify this second, single-disc follow-up to Rhino's first Nevilles history. There's more of an emphasis on novelty material here, but once again you can hear the roots of the Nevilles' cross-genre appeal in pop, R&B, and soul music dating back to the 1950s. Since most of these songs were recorded as singles, they have an immediate surface appeal, but repeated listenings also bring out the sounds of the tight session bands (including members of the Meters) who backed the Nevilles up. Actually, it's only the five 1980s tracks from just-OK albums like Neville-ization and Uptown that keep this collection from classic status, not the older stuff.



The Neville Brothers - Treacherous Too ! Vol. 2 (1955-1987) (flac 399mb)

01 The Hawketts - Your Time's Up 2:34
02 Art Neville - Oooh-Whee Baby 2:11
03 Art Neville - What's Going On 2:03
04 Aaron Neville -How Many Times 2:42
05 Aaron Neville - Humdinger 2:41
06 Art Neville - Skeet Skat 2:44
07 Art Neville - Lover Of Love 2:35
08 Art Neville - Hook, Line And Sinker 2:37
09 Aaron Neville - Why Worry 2:34
10 Aaron Neville - Jailhouse 3:15
11 Aaron Neville - She's On My Mind  2:43
12 Cyril Neville - Tell Me What's On Your Mind  2:52
13 The Neville Brothers - Break Away 4:28
14 The Neville Brothers - Mojo Hannah 5:30
15 The Neville Brothers - Midnight Key 4:29
16 The Neville Brothers - Drift Away 4:00
17 The Neville Brothers - Spirits Of The World  4:28
18 The Neville Brothers - Wake Up 3:34

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Taken from the same September 1982 live dates at the Neville Brothers' favorite hometown haunt, from which 1984's superior Nevillization is culled, this ten-song sequel suffers from some post-show overdubbing and over-heightened audience effects. And the spirited group bonding/playing and stage comfort zone that was reached on Neville-ization just doesn't come through as strong here. But the band and song selection on Nevillization II/Live at Tipitina's are as nearly primed as they are on the first part (brother Cyril's "Wishin'" and the traditional "Little Liza Jane" are particularly good), making it a listenable follow-up, if not a totally necessary one.



The Neville Brothers - Live at Tipitina's (flac 412mb)

01 Pocky Way 9:30
02 Wishin 3:31
03 Rock & Roll Medley 6:21
04 All Over Again 2:51
05 Everybody´s Got To Wake Up 3:28
06 Dance Your Blues Away 6:09
07 Doo Wop Medley 7:22
08 Little Liza Jane 3:57
09 Wildflower 5:08
10 My Girl 4:04
11 Riverside 5:53
12 Saib´s Groove 3:55

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please reup the Neville Brothers comps. Thank you for your work and effort.