Wild Tchoupitoulas, The - S/T - Used LP
Wild Tchoupitoulas, The - S/T - Used LP
Wild Tchoupitoulas, The - S/T - Used LP
Antilles Records

Wild Tchoupitoulas, The - S/T - Used LP

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Vinyl: VG+ Sleeve has some wear: VG

1978 issue.

While N'orleans music came from many places, we can't forget the importance of the contributions of the native nations of the area...

At the same time, we can never forget the importance of Allen Toussaint...and the Meters...

...this album captures so many pieces of the puzzle.  And it's a blast!

 

When this band came to Oregon for the Waterfront Blues Fest, the jackass security and volunteers tried to shut us down from having a good time, which just meant trying to stop us from dancing.  The Wild Tchoupitoulas not only told the security and staff to leave us alone, but pointed out that we were the only ones who seemed normal to them.  So they invited all 30 of us on stage.  Security told us, you can't do thatThe Wild Tchoupitoulas told us to ignore them.  Security tried to explain to the band that they can't do that.  The Wild Tchoupitoulas quickly explained to them that they were the band and they came all the way from New Orleans, and if they say we can go on stage, we can go on stage.  During all of this, the band kept the beat going, marched us all on stage.  Of course, they never returned as far as I know (why would they?) but that day we had ourselves a good time. -- winch   

"The Wild Tchoupitoulas -- a group of Mardi Gras Indians headed by George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry-- only released one album, but that one record caused a sensation upon its initial 1976 release. It was one of the first records of the album-oriented rock generation that captured the heady gumbo of New Orleans R&B and funk. Landry may have fronted the Wild Tchoupitoulas, but the key to the record's success was his nephews, Charles and Cyril Neville, who headed the rhythm section. They drafted in their brothers, Art and Aaron, to harmonize, and thereby unwittingly gave birth to the band that became the Neville Brothers. Still, the fact that The Wild Tchoupitoulas ranks among the great New Orleans albums isn't because of the Nevillles themselves, but the way the Wild Tchoupitoulas lock into an extraordinary hybrid that marries several indigenous New Orleans musics, with swampy, dirty funk taking its place in the forefront. There are only eight songs, and they are all strung together as if they're variations on the same themes and rhythms. That's a compliment, by the way, since the organic, flowing groove is the key to the album's success." 

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