Album Details

RELEASE
August 04, 2009
LABEL
The Great American Music Company
GENRES
Blues, Regional Blues, New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues, New Orleans R&B

Album Review

An enigmatic pianist and vocalist whose hip-shaking, Caribbean-influenced sound in many ways served as the archetype for the entire New Orleans R&B genre, Professor Longhair was the foundation upon which the careers of Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and countless others were built. Red Beans N Rice contains many of Fess' best-known songs, including the Mardi Gras standards "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Tipitina," as well as "Big Chief," a virtual Rosetta Stone of Big Easy 88's-tickling. That said, the versions included here are a bit of a mixed bag; about half the tracks appear to be from the same high-energy 1979 Chicago club date documented on Fuel 2000s Big Easy Strut release, while others are much earlier classic studio tracks also available on several older collections. Among the less-common highlights are the jaunty, humorous "She Ain't Got No Hair," and a particularly loose, greasy live take on the drug-themed NOLA standard "Junko Partner." While certainly not the most representative, best-sounding, or most complete introduction to Professor Longhair, Red Beans N Rice is still a fine collection of music from an iconic artist.
Pemberton Roach, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mardi Gras in New Orleanshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328910847&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  2. Professor Longhair's Boogiehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328910872&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  3. Bye Bye Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328910891&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  4. She Ain't Got No Hair
  5. Stompin' with Fesshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328911127&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  6. Jambalayahttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328911206&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  7. Doin' Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328911306&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  8. How Long Has the Train Been Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328911586&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  9. Junko Partnerhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328911877&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  10. Hey Now Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328912008&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  11. Hey Little Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328912085&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  12. Everyday I Have the Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328912189&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
  13. Big Chiefhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/red-beans-n-rice/id328910251?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Tipitinahttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=328912317&id=328910251&at=11l9vR
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