Professor Longhair

Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology

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The rhumba-rocking rhythms of Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd live on throughout Rhino's 40-track retrospective of the New Orleans icon's amazing legacy. Most of the seminal stuff arrives early on: "Bald Head," the rollicking ode cut for Mercury in 1950, is followed by a raft of classics from his 1949 and 1953 Atlantic dates ("Tipitina," "Ball the Wall," "Who's Been Fooling You"), the storming 1957 "No Buts, No Maybes," and "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" for Ebb, and his beloved "Go to the Mardi Gras" as waxed for Ron in 1959. The second disc is a hodgepodge of material from the Professor's '70s comeback, all of it wonderful in its own way but not as essential as the early work.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:30
2 3:04
3 2:39
4 2:33
5 3:19
6 2:11
7 2:57
8
feat: Roland Byrd
3:03
9 2:57
10
feat: Roy Byrd
2:51
11
feat: Roland Byrd
2:49
12 2:30
13 2:14
14 2:12
15 2:01
16 2:07
17 2:39
18 2:48
19 3:06
20 2:34
21 3:17
22 4:11
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