[ Nonesuch / Warner / 2 LP ]
Release Date: Friday 29 January 2021
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Nonesuch releases a remastered, special edition of the 2005 record 'Our New Orleans' for the first time on vinyl. The 2LP set includes five previously unreleased tracks: 'Do You Know What It Means', by Davell Crawford; 'Let's Work Together', by Buckwheat Zydeco and Ry Cooder; 'Crescent City Serenade', by Dr. Michael White; 'Walking By the River', by Dr. John; and 'Do You Know What It Means', by The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra featuring Donald Harrison.
For Our New Orleans, many of the Crescent City's best-known musicians recorded songs that are integral to their lives and that express their feelings about the city and the trauma of Katrina. The album was made swiftly and simply, over the course of a month, in one-day sessions across the country. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio's New Orleans-based American Routes, contributed liner notes to the record, as did Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford, also a Crescent City resident. Other producers who made enormous contributions include Mark Bingham, Ry Cooder, Joel and Adam Dorn, Steve Epstein, Joe Henry, Doug Petty, Matt Sakakeeny, and Hal Willner.
The $1.5 million raised from the 2005 release went toward providing housing in partnership with low-income musicians and others through the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, a concept that was developed by New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, working with Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. Habitat-built homes in the village now provide musicians and others of modest means the opportunity to buy decent, affordable housing. The centrepiece of the village is the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, dedicated to celebrating the music and musicians of New Orleans and to the education and development of homeowners and others who live nearby.
A1. Yes We Can Can - Allen Toussaint
A2. World I Never Made - Dr. John
A3. Back Water Blues - Irma Thomas
A4. Gather by the River - Davell Crawford
A5. Cryin' in the Streets - Buckwheat Zydeco
B1. Canal Street Blues - Dr. Michael White
B2. Brother John Is Gone / Herc-Jolly-John - Wild Magnolias B3. When the Saints Go Marching In - Eddie Bo
B4. My Feet Can't Fail Me Now - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
B5. Tou' les jours c'est pas la meme (Every Day Is Not the Same) - Carol Fran
C1. L'ouragon (The Hurricane) - BeauSoleil
C2. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
C3. Prayer for New Orleans - Charlie Miller
C4. What a Wonderful World (feat. Donald Harrison) - The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra
C5. Tipitina and Me - Allen Toussaint
C6. Louisiana 1927 (with Members of the New York Philharmonic) - Randy Newman and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
D1. Do You Know What It Means - Davell Crawford *
D2. Let's Work Together - Buckwheat Zydeco & Ry Cooder * D3. Crescent City Serenade - Dr. Michael White *
D4. Walking By the River - Dr. John *
D5. Do You Know What It Means (feat. Donald Harrison) - The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra *