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Always a critical success, the Neville Brothers reached a commercial apex in 1989 with the release of their gold-selling album Yellow Moon. Just before that LP's appearance in March, they performed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on February 27, a show promoted by Bill Graham and recorded, such that it is now a part of the Wolfgang's Vault collection of recorded concerts and here is issued by the Hip-O Select division of Universal Music. The four Nevilles — Aaron, Art, Charles, and Cyril — turn in a fairly typical set beginning with "Fire on the Bayou" from their 1981 Fiyo on the Bayou album and including old favorites like "Hey Pocky Way" and "Iko Iko" (in an extended medley of New Orleans standards). Aaron Neville's R&B ballad "Tell It Like It Is," which put the Neville name on the map when it reached number two nationally in early 1967, is included and demonstrates that the singer retains his angelic tenor. (Just for good measure, he also uses it to inspirational effect on an encore version of "Amazing Grace.") The group naturally introduces songs from the forthcoming album such as the title track, "My Blood," "Wake Up," "Voodoo," and "Sister Rosa." The encores begin with a lengthy rock & roll medley that leans heavily on the hits of the Nevilles' New Orleans predecessor Larry Williams while also including the work of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Buddy Holly. They play this material with easy authority, then turn around and prove just as assured when performing "One Love" by their protégé from the Caribbean, Bob Marley. Thus, the album is a good representation of the Neville Brothers at a peak period in their career together.

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Formed: 1977 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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