Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 12 Apr 2010

"A whopping 75 examples of Crescent City cool where the big noises meet for mint juleps with less celebrated stalwarts" 4/5  UNCUT


CAT No: FVTD051UPC TEXT: 5055311000510

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Over the course of time, Heavy Sugar has been the title of a song, the name of a radio station, an independent movie and the primary ingredient for a rapturous recipe. How fitting it is that this latter description also epitomizes the ingredients that go to make up Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B. Just think, if the celebrity chefs of New Orleans were to whip up Heavy Sugar until the peaks start to form, then the hostesses on Bourbon Street would go that little bit further and add any flavour necessary to achieve a creamy finish.

The musical melting-pot, which helped turn rhythm & blues into rock ‘n’ roll, was always at its most flavoursome in the Crescent City. Issuing forth from a store-front recording facility, the beguiling big beat reached out to a global audience through such artists as Fats Domino, Little Richard, Huey Smith and Lloyd Price. Many lesser-known but equally worthy individuals achieved the same level of sass, Alberta Hall, Ray Washington, Harry Lee, TV Slim to name but a few, although usually with just a couple of releases to show for their troubles. The focal point of the operation centred around a remarkable house-band that assembled day-after-day at Cosimo Matassa’s funky studio in the heart of the French Quarter. Date-wise the metronome began ticking towards the end of the ’40s, which was when the hip crowd first latched on to rhythm & blues. Rather than being restricted to a minority audience, the music’s freewheeling ambience ended up blowing off anyone and everyones’ cobwebs. New Orleans came out on top, because its talented musicians were able to put onto record the good time feel that was heard in the clubs. In order to share the joy, Fantastic Voyage has trawled through the city’s rich musical repertoire to arrive at 75 highly sought-after recordings.

Compiled and annotated by record producer and music historian Stuart Colman, and with many titles on CD for the first time, Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B could easily end up being one of the releases of 2010.



  1. Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Little Richard)
  2. Shirley (John Fred & The Playboys)
  3. Would You Believe It, I Have A Cold (Huey Smith)
  4. Telling Lies (Fats Domino)
  5. Someday (You'll Want Me) (Smiley Lewis)
  6. Nervous Boogie (Paul Gayten)
  7. It Must Be Jelly (Frankie Ford)
  8. A-Tisket A-Tasket (Joe Jones)
  9. I'm So Blue (Jimmy Beasley)
  10. I Know (Ray Washington)
  11. Honey, Honey (The Supremes)
  12. Ship On A Stormy Sea (Jimmy Clanton)
  13. Loud Mouth Annie (Myles & Dupont)
  14. That's What I'll Do (Shirley & Lee)
  15. Oh, How I Need Your Lovin' (Alberta Hall)
  16. Flatfoot Sam (TV Slim (as Oscar Wills))
  17. Look What You're Doing To Me (Professor Longhair)
  18. Try Rock And Roll (Bobby Mitchell)
  19. I'll Always Be In Love With You (Charles Brown)
  20. My Girl Across Town (Lester Robertson)
  21. Sweet Sixteen (The Tropicals)
  22. I've Got A Girl (Roland Cook)
  23. Tic Toc (Lee Allen & His Band)
  24. You Call Everybody Darling (The Gondoliers)
  25. Dance With Me Henry (Etta James)


  1. Don't Deceive Me (Fats Domino)
  2. Cheatin' Woman (Frankie Ford)
  3. Honey Hush (Joe Turner)
  4. Diddy-Y-Diddy-O (Roy Brown)
  5. Whirlaway (Allen Toussaint)
  6. Cha Dooky Doo (Art Neville)
  7. Real Gone Party (Ruth & Al)
  8. Chickee Wah Wah (Bobby Marchan)
  9. There'll Be No Backin' Out (Mickey & Sylvia)
  10. That's All I Need To Know (Sam Cooke)
  11. Carry On (Jerry Byrne)
  12. We Like Birdland (Huey Smith)
  13. Creole Alley (Lee Allen & His Band)
  14. Mad About You Baby (Richard Berry)
  15. Well-O, Well-O, Well-O Baby (Earl King)
  16. Malinda (Bobby Mandolph)
  17. School Days Are Back Again (Smiley Lewis)
  18. Don't Break This Heart Of Mine (Jimmy Beasley)
  19. Doin' The Hambone (Little Booker)
  20. Rich Woman (Li'l Millet & His Creoles)
  21. Teachin' And Preachin' (The Royal Kings)
  22. Oh Why? (Little Richard)
  23. Every Time I See You (Harry Lee)
  24. Blow Wind Blow (Junior Gordon)
  25. I'm Glad, Glad (Lloyd Price)


  1. Don't You Know Yockomo (Huey "Piano" Smith with His Clowns)
  2. Someday, Bye And Bye (The Spiders)
  3. Would You (Fats Domino)
  4. Hatti Malatti (Lee Diamond)
  5. Mother Roux (Yo Yo Walk) (Paul Gayten)
  6. We Teenagers Know What We Want (Amos Milburn)
  7. Zing Zing (Art Neville)
  8. So Glad She's Mine (Charles Williams)
  9. Sweeter Words (Have Never Been Told) (Smiley Lewis)
  10. I Love To Rock n Roll (Eddie Bo)
  11. Tough Lover (Etta James)
  12. Good Lovin' (John Fred)
  13. Knocked Out (The Gondoliers)
  14. Eternity (Ernie K-Doe (as Ernie Kador))
  15. Kansas City (Little Richard)
  16. Please Believe Me (Charles Brown)
  17. Teenage Wedding (Johnny Angel)
  18. Baby, Baby Please (Clarence Henry)
  19. Love You So (The Crystals)
  20. I Think You're Jiving Me (Huey & Jerry)
  21. Take It Home To Grandma (Lester Robertson)
  22. Mercy (Gene & Al's Spacemen)
  23. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (Big Al Downing)
  24. I'll Turn Square For You (Bobby Charles)
  25. Saturday Night (Roy Brown)