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Rock 'N' Roll Gumbo

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Mardi Gras In New Orleans
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Hey Now Baby
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Junco Partner
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Meet Me Tomorrow Night
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Doin' It
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How Long Has That Train Been Gone
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Tipitina
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Rockin' Pneumonia
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Jambalaya
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Mean Ol'World
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Stag-O-Lee
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Mess Around
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Rum And Coke
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(They Call Me) Dr. Professor Long Hair
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 46:58

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Can't Go Wrong with Fess

eddieljones

This is one of the better Professor Longhair albums. As the title states you can't go wrong. Fess has almost single-handedly created the sound of what we have come to recognize as New Orleans piano. He is also responsible for tutoring many other New Orlean piano players. Players like Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and James Booker to name a few. Those are some pretty heavy credentials, if you aSk me.

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Download this NOW !

Duxdo

I own this on CD, Cassette, & Vinyl. If it was made on reel to reel, I would own that as well.This is one of those desert island discs that you will never get tired of hearing. Anything by Fess is a five star download but this one is the one to make sure that you don't miss. Thanks e-music

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Awesome, Awesome

dalesmusic

Wow, I can't believe this album. If you love piano blues you simply have to download this one. I would say it's right up there with the likes of Pinetop and Memphis Slim. I am going to download everything from PL here on emusic. Just a side note: Emusic you are doing a hell of a job for us blues enthusiasts. There is so much great vintage blues on here that my bank account can barely handle all the booster packs. Keep up the good work.

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Must Have!! All hail Fess!

Mike_T

I had this album on LP vinyl for years, until Katrina washed it away. This new release version sounds great, downloaded my favorite tracks. "Hey Now Baby" and "Tipitina" are indispensible New Orleans music. Period. Download them now!

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Amazing!!!

spudgun

This is an amazing album that is guaranteed to get you whistlin' and toe tappin! Brings back fond memories of New Orleans... Highly recommended! On a side note: If you dig this, check out Professor Longhair on youtube.

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Delighted to hear this again!

Palomino-Royalle

I've owned this on vinyl since the mid-eighties. It was my introduction to Professor Longhair, and it's a treasure. What a pleasure to hear it again! Fess was an awesome piano player, and he was well recorded here with a great band. Most highly recommended.

They Say All Music Guide

This delightful Professor Longhair album has almost slipped through the cracks more times than a skinny feather in the wind. Recorded in April 1974 in Bogalusa, LA (Professor Longhair’s birthplace) just days after his house had burned to the ground, the sessions feature Longhair on piano and vocals, longtime friend Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on guitar and violin, Julius Farmer on bass, and the Professor’s longtime percussion team, drummer Sheba and conga player Alfred “Uganda” Roberts. Producer Philippe Rault coaxed a bright, lively sound from these musicians and the resulting album, Rock ‘n Roll Gumbo, which features 12 of the 14 tracks cut in the two days, was easily one of Longhair’s best. Initially, it was only released in Europe, and only saw a limited and local release in the U.S. when Warren Hildebrand’s Mardi Gras Records put it out in 1978. Still virtually unheard by all but a lucky few, producer Rault revisited the album in 1985 for George Winston’s Dancing Cat label, reinserting the two songs that had been left off the initial release, the infectious as sugar “Rum and Coke” and the marvelous “Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” on which tenor saxophonist Jerry Jumonville and trumpeter Steve Madaio were brought in to overdub horns some ten years after the original sessions. The two additional songs made the album even better, and it is this augmented version that Sunnyside has now released in 2006. “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” is now the lead track, and it sets the fun, celebratory tone of the whole sequence, which grooves and swings in classic Professor Longhair gumbo style from start to finish, driven in part by the funky, deadened drum sound Rault got from Sheba and Roberts. This is simply a classic Professor Longhair album, and longtime fans and newcomers alike will find it completely irresistible. – Steve Leggett

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