Later Alligator – Rich Pickings from the Pelican State

FVDD105 LATER ALLIGATOR Louisiana Rock’n’Roll

Yonder comes a pirogue…” Serving up a lip-smackin’ gumbo of rockin’ musicality, Later Alligator blends Cajun Country with New Orleans R&B and Blues to create the essence of bon temps Louisiana Rock’n’Roll .  From the fiddle-laden boogie of Harry Choates to the piano-pounding of Ferriday Fireball Jerry Lee Lewis, and flat-out rockers Hershel Almond and Tommy Strange, this tidy set also includes the cream of the Crescent City’s R&B greats among them Champion Jack Dupree, Chris Kenner and living legend Fats Domino.

Showcasing the big band sound of New Orleans pioneers Dave Bartholomew and Paul Gayten alongside the good time Country pickin’ of Rusty & Doug and Bill & Carroll, this 2-CD set samples the diverse delights of local labels Goldband, Jin, Ram, Ace and Vin, all of which helped define the regional sound.  With contributions from John Fred, Mickey Gilley and a thirteen year-old Dolly Parton, this nifty fifty also includes gems from Red Smiley, Al Terry, Clarence Garlow, Gene Wyatt and Rocket Morgan.

Carefully compiled in conjunction with the Wild Wax Show’s deejay “Jailhouse” John Alexander, Later Alligator offers an authentic selection sure to appeal to both avid collectors and those just beginning their journey of discovery.  This title completes Fantastic Voyage’s regional Rock’n’Roll series.

Available on Fantastic Voyage. Also available as a 32-track double vinyl LP.

The set vividly demonstates the range of styles prevalent in the early 1950s/60s and blends some very familiar classics with lesser-heard originals and obscurities appearing on CD for the first time. A rich and potent mix indeed and warmly recommended. Harry Dodds · Now Dig This

Archive label Fantastic Voyage’s state-by-state trawl of bygone American sounds serves up an especially spicy menu of not just rock’n’roll, but generous dollops of Cajun country, bayou swing and urban blues boogie. As with the label’s Lone Star state release earlier this summer, Texas Tornados, the breadth of musical styles on offer is impressive. Terry Staunton · Record Collector

Excellent compilationVintage Rock

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