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Best of the Early Years

Album: Best of the Early Years
# Song Title   Time
1)    Weary Blues
2)    Down by the River Side
3)    Peanut Vendor
4)    Nelly Gray - (previously unreleased)
5)    St. James Infirmary
6)    Everything's Lovely
7)    Olympia on Parade
8)    So Long Blues - (previously unreleased)
9)    Ain't Got Nobody - (previously unreleased)
10)    When the Saints Go Marching In
11)    Hindustan - (previously unreleased)
12)    Lonesome Road
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • THE BEST OF THE EARLY YEARS includes performances from SWEET EMMA, BILLY AND DEDE, HERE COME DA GREAT OLYMPIA BAND plus previously unreleased tracks.
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band includes: Percy Humphrey, Willie Humphrey (trumpet); Frank Demond (trombone); Allan Jaffe (tuba); Edward James "Sing" Miller (piano); Narvin Kimball (banjo); Joasiah "Cie" Frazier (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Harold "Duke" Dejan, James "Sing" Miller, DeDe Pierce, Narvin Kimball, Percy Humphrey, Billie Pierce (vocals).
  • Personnel: Narvin Kimball (vocals, banjo); Percy Humphrey (vocals, trumpet); De De Pierce (vocals, cornet); Billie Pierce (vocals, piano); Emanuel Sayles (banjo); George Lewis , Willie Humphrey (clarinet); Emanuel Paul (tenor saxophone); Edmond Foucher, Milton Batiste (trumpet); Frank Demond, Lester Caliste, Louis Nelson (trombone); Allan Jaffe (tuba, bass horn); William Brown (bass horn); Sweet Emma Barrett (piano); Josiah "Cie" Frazier (drums); Nowell Glass (bass drum); Andrew Jefferson (snare drum).
  • Recording information: Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA; Seasaint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA.
  • Photographers: Steffi Graham; Frank Demond; Johnny Donnels; Steve Debro; Lee Friedlander.
  • Arranger: Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
  • Showcasing the first three incarnations of New Orleans' pre-eminent, traditional jazz institution, the Preservation Hall, The Best of the Early Years features previously unavailable recordings as well as tracks culled from past releases including the 1964 live recording Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Band as well as the 1966 live recording Billie and De De and Their Preservation Hall Band. Featuring such journeyman New Orleans jazz musicians as trumpeter Percy Humphrey, alto saxophonist Harold Dejan, trumpeter Milton Batiste, and banjo player Narvin Kimball, the compilation paints a picture of the Preservation Hall as the "rough but honest" torchbearer of its storied city's musical legacy. ~ Matt Collar
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