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Cosimo Matassa
Cosimo Matassa
Cosimo Matassa
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
 
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2007 four CD box set. Virtually every R&B record made in New Orleans between the late '40s and early '70s was engineered by Cosimo Matassa and recorded in one of his four studios. Cosimo placed New Orleans on the musical m...  more »

      
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All Artists: Cosimo Matassa
Title: Cosimo Matassa
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Proper Box UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 8/6/2007
Album Type: Import
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Regional Blues, New Orleans Blues, Jump Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 805520021296

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Album Description
2007 four CD box set. Virtually every R&B record made in New Orleans between the late '40s and early '70s was engineered by Cosimo Matassa and recorded in one of his four studios. Cosimo placed New Orleans on the musical map recording hits for Little Richard, Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and many more. This is a monster of a set with 120 vital tracks, all the hits plus much more. Includes a 40 page book with session detail, rare pictures etc. Features cuts from Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, Shirley & Lee, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Guitar Slim, Professor Longhair and many more. Proper.
 

CD Reviews

An Essential American Musical Treasure
A reader | New Orleans | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I know Cosimo and his family, and I am honored to have met a true American musical genius. Cosimo broke down the barriers between white and "race" records at a time when even musicians' unions were segregated. The liner notes are thorough (although I confess I was too busy listening to the music to read every word). There are some omissions here, probably due to rights issues: "Mother-In-Law" "Sea Cruise", "Land of A 1,000 Dances" and 'Barefootin' "are MIA here. But really no matter, since they are widely available. I would rather have some of the early 50's gems presented here since they are almost impossible to find anywhere else.

This could be used as a textbook for a course in New Orleans R&B. It'll be in "heavy rotation" on my iTunes now!"
The "holy grail" of early New Orleans R&B,
Matt Devitt Jr. | 11/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you grew up in or around New Orleans, frequented the clubs or listened to the radio stations from the 50's to 70's this will bring back many good memories.

A must have if you enjoy the genre and period of music from NOLA.

If you want to check some of the music out, listen to WWOZ, a local New Orleans public radio station.

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Real New Orleans R&B
Jim Linderman | USA | 06/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All the Proper box sets are worth every dime. Each not only has 4 discs of essential music, they all have a book insert with most detailed history, photos and credits. I'm not quite sure how they do it! This one in particular is essential. New Orleans early R & B is some of the most interesting music to be created within the United States and this is the cream.

Jim Linderman "Dull Tool Dim Bulb" Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950
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