Cajun/Zydeco Releases

Various Artists
Classic Sounds Of New Orleans

Various Artists - Classic Sounds Of New Orleans

A New Orleans tradition, Mardi Gras Indians are black men masked in Native American-themed Carnival suits & perform chants deeply rooted in the African American oral tradition.

Honoring the resistance of American Indians to oppression, they emerged as a response to segregated Mardi Gras celebrations. The call & response, improvisation & polyrhythm characterizing their uniquely self-reflexive songs have been a source of inspiration for countless Crescent City musicians, including Jelly Roll Morton, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, & The Neville Brothers.

Sam Charters brought together & taped this group from various tribes as they walked through the French Quarter.

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FEATURED TRACK

"Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band - Mardi Gras Indians"

TRACK LISTING

  1. 1. Just a Little While to Stay Here - Eureka Brass Band
  2. 2. Shine-Hambone - Shoeshine boy
  3. 3. Tiger Rag - Freddie L. Small
  4. 4. Blackberries! - Dora Bliggen
  5. 5. Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band - Mardi Gras Indians
  6. 6. Times Done Changed - Sister Dora Alexander
  7. 7. Dark Was the Night - Rev. Lewis Jackson and Charlotte Rucell
  8. 8. Back to the Time - Choir of Pilgrim Baptist Church
  9. 9. We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City (Dirge) - Doc Paulin
  10. 10. We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City (March) - Doc Paulin
  11. 11. Bucket's Got a Hole in It - Punch Miller with Samuel B. Charters
  12. 12. Spooky Drums #1 - Baby Dodds
  13. 13. Milenberg Joys - Emile Barnes
  14. 14. Clarinet Marmalade - The Six and Seven-Eighths String Band of New Orleans
  15. 15. High Society - Snooks Eaglin
  16. 16. Careless Love - Lonnie Johnson
  17. 17. Lonesome Road - Billie and De De Pierce with Emile Barnes
  18. 18. Corrine, Corrina - Kid Clayton
  19. 19. Saint James Infirmary - Snooks Eaglin
  20. 20. Take Your Big Leg Off Me/Easy Rider/Mama Don't 'Low No Music Playing Here - H. J. Boiusseau
  21. 21. Rattlesnake Boogie - Champion Jack Dupree
  22. 22. Please Don't Talk about Me When I'm Gone - Roosevelt Sykes
  23. 23. Jimmy's Blues - Kid Clayton
  24. 24. C. C. Rider - Lonnie Johnson
  25. 25. Shake It and Break It - Emile Barnes and Lawrence Tocca with Billie Pierce
  26. 26. Lord, Lord, Lord - Eureka Brass Band