The Wild Tchoupitoulas Wild Tchoupitoulas

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Label: Island Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Brother John03:34
  • 2Meet De Boys On The Battlefront03:23
  • 3Here Dey Come04:05
  • 4Hey Pocky A-Way (A Way)03:58
  • 5Indian Red07:20
  • 6Big Chief Got A Golden Crown04:00
  • 7Hey Mama (Wild Tchoupitoulas)04:45
  • 8Hey Hey (Indian Comin)04:01
  • Total Runtime35:06

Info for The Wild Tchoupitoulas

„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.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

Big Chief Jolly, vocals
Second Chief, vocals
Trail Chief, vocals
Flag Boy, vocals
Spy Boy, vocals
Art Neville, keyboards, background vocals
Charles Neville, percussion, background vocals
Cyril Neville, congas, background vocals
Aaron Neville, piano, background vocals
Ziggy Modeliste, drums
Leo Nocentelli, guitar
George Porter, Jr., bass
Teddy Royal, guitar
Willie Harper, background vocals

Recorded at Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans
Engineer, remastering, remixing by Ken Laxton
Produced by Allen Toussaint, Marshall Sehorn

Digitally remastered

The Wild Tchoupitoulas
were originally a group of Mardi Gras Indians formed in the early 1970s by George Landry, and photographed exclusively by Paul Howrilla at the request of George Landry. With help from local New Orleans musicians The Meters, The Wild Tchoupitoulas recorded an eponymous album, which featured the "call-and-response" style chants typical of Mardi Gras Indians. Vocals were provided by Landry, as "Big Chief Jolly", as well as other members of his Mardi Gras tribe. Instrumentation was provided in part by members of the Meters. The album also notably featured Landry's nephews, the Neville Brothers, providing harmonies and some of the instrumentation. While not a financial success, the effort was well received critically and the experience recording it encouraged the four Neville brothers to perform together for the first time as a group. The album was produced by famed New Orleans writer/musician and record producer Allen Toussaint.

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