Soul City New Orleans: Big Easy Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 15 Sep 2014

"impeccably chosen profile of the Crescent City" 4/5 Record Collector

"Here's a release to gladden the hearts of all lovers of the music of the Big Easy...the music is superb" Blues & Rhythm

**** - Soul Bag

CAT No: FVDD203UPC TEXT: 5055311002033

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Soul City New Orleans presents records which served to establish the musical direction of the city in the early 1960s, at the dawn of the soul era. Perhaps the most glowing testimony to the city came from songwriters Frank Guida and Joe Royster in their 1960 smash hit “New Orleans” for Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds: “Where the magnolia blossoms fill the air, you ain’t been to heaven if you ain’t been there.”  New Orleans is also known as the Crescent City for its geographic shape, or the Big Easy for the city’s atmosphere and pace of life, largely driven by the high humidity and the general bonhomie endemic of South Louisiana.

The music of New Orleans has tended to match the lifestyle, easy tempo with gently insistent rolling beat and a rhythm driven either by a thumping on-beat (Mardi Gras marching bands and second-line parades) or a laid-back off-beat. While the formative talent from the city’s rhythm & blues years was all signed to remote labels, by the end of the Fifties things were beginning to look up in the local industry, and there was a relative wealth of labels active in the city.

Compiled and annotated by soul music authority and radio presenter Clive Richardson, Soul City New Orleans features significant releases on local labels like Minit, Instant, Ric, Ron, Bandy and AFO, as well as NOLA-related recordings for other imprints both large and small. Here we have music from the formative period of the soul era in the Big Easy.

 A limited edition 28-track 2LP vinyl set is also available with illustrated colour insert.



  1. I Done Got Over It (Irma Thomas)
  2. Gone (Irma Thomas)
  3. Cry On (Irma Thomas)
  4. For Goodness Sake (Irma Thomas)
  5. Wanted, $10,000 Reward (Ernie K-Doe)
  6. Popeye Joe (Ernie K-Doe)
  7. Come On Home (Ernie K-Doe)
  8. I Got To Find Somebody (Ernie K-Doe)
  9. She Put The Hurt On Me (Prince La La)
  10. I’m Gonna Put Some Hurt On You (Raymond Lewis)
  11. You’ll Lose A Good Thing (Barbara Lynn)
  12. I’m Sorry I Met You (Barbara Lynn)
  13. You’re More To Me Than Gold (Earl King)
  14. You Better Know (Earl King)
  15. Mama And Papa (Earl King)
  16. Always A First Time (Earl King)
  17. Life Problem (Elton Anderson)
  18. Sick And Tired (Elton Anderson)
  19. Let’s Try And Talk It Over (Tommy Ridgley)
  20. Please Hurry Home (Tommy Ridgley)
  21. In The Same Old Way (Tommy Ridgley)
  22. My Ordinary Girl (Tommy Ridgley)
  23. She’s Got What It Takes (Tommy Ridgley)
  24. The Little Moron (Huey Smith and The Clowns)
  25. More Girls (Huey Smith and The Clowns)
  26. Sassy Sara (Huey Smith and The Clowns)
  27. There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 1) (Bobby Marchan)
  28. There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 2) (Bobby Marchan)
  29. I Need Some One (I Need You) (Bobby Marchan)
  30. What You Don’t Know Don’t Hurt You (Bobby Marchan)


  1. Do-Re-Mi (Lee Dorsey)
  2. People Gonna Talk (Lee Dorsey)
  3. Messed Around (And Fell In Love) (Lee Dorsey)
  4. One And One (Lee Dorsey)
  5. Get Out Of My Life (Aaron Neville)
  6. Don’t Cry (Aaron Neville)
  7. Let’s Live (Aaron Neville)
  8. I Found Another Love (Aaron Neville)
  9. Teach Me To Forget (Johnny Adams)
  10. I Solemnly Promise (Johnny Adams)
  11. Life Is Just A Struggle (Johnny Adams)
  12. Showdown (Johnny Adams)
  13. Tra-La-La (Johnny Adams)
  14. You Can If You Think You Can (Martha Carter)
  15. Bless You Darling (Martha Carter, as Martha Nelson)
  16. You Talk About Love (Barbara George)
  17. Bless You (Barbara George)
  18. I Never Knew (Barbara George)
  19. Clap Your Hands (Wallace Johnson)
  20. Peace Of Mind (Wallace Johnson)
  21. Tell It Like It Is (Eddie Bo)
  22. You’re The Only One (Eddie Bo)
  23. Check Mr Popeye (Part 1) (Eddie Bo)
  24. Baby I’m Wise (Eddie Bo)
  25. Roamin-Titis (Eddie Bo)
  26. Hard Luck Blues (Roy Brown)
  27. Good Looking And Foxy Too (Roy Brown)
  28. The Big Mule (Joe Jones)
  29. Take A Little Walk (Joe Jones)
  30. Every Night About Eight (Joe Jones)