Classic Sounds of New Orleans from Smithsonian Folkways by Various Artists on Apple Music

26 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t let this album’s mundane title put you off: Classic Sounds of New Orleans is a superb compilation of the city’s music. The various tracks — many of which were recorded in the 1950s — range far and wide, offering a kaleidoscopic portrait in sound. Things kick off with the Eureka Brass Band’s version of “Just A Little While to Stay Here,” by the white gospel composer Eugene Monroe Bartlett. The group’s joyful noise could only have come out of the Crescent City, making it a perfect opener. Some great street music is next: a shoeshine boy’s rendition of “Shine-Hambone,” Freddie L. Small’s harmonica take on the well-known song “Tiger Rag,” and fruit vendor Dora Bliggen’s street call, “Blackberries!” The tradition of Mardi Gras Indians, known for their flamboyant costumes and call-and-response vocals, is represented by “Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band,” a cut performed by members from different tribes. There’s also “Spooky Drums #1,” a solo by Baby Dodds; “Back to the Time” by the Choir of Pilgrim Baptist Church; a guitar version of “High Society” by Snooks Eaglin, and much more. A true treasure trove.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t let this album’s mundane title put you off: Classic Sounds of New Orleans is a superb compilation of the city’s music. The various tracks — many of which were recorded in the 1950s — range far and wide, offering a kaleidoscopic portrait in sound. Things kick off with the Eureka Brass Band’s version of “Just A Little While to Stay Here,” by the white gospel composer Eugene Monroe Bartlett. The group’s joyful noise could only have come out of the Crescent City, making it a perfect opener. Some great street music is next: a shoeshine boy’s rendition of “Shine-Hambone,” Freddie L. Small’s harmonica take on the well-known song “Tiger Rag,” and fruit vendor Dora Bliggen’s street call, “Blackberries!” The tradition of Mardi Gras Indians, known for their flamboyant costumes and call-and-response vocals, is represented by “Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band,” a cut performed by members from different tribes. There’s also “Spooky Drums #1,” a solo by Baby Dodds; “Back to the Time” by the Choir of Pilgrim Baptist Church; a guitar version of “High Society” by Snooks Eaglin, and much more. A true treasure trove.

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1:05
1:45
0:21
5:11
1:27
0:56
2:18
4:03
3:05
2:17
2:24
3:07
2:11
1:37
3:54
5:42
4:23
2:24
2:23
3:04
2:31
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3:44
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