Neville Brothers

Nevillization II: Live at Tipitina's

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Taken from the same September 1982 live dates at the Neville Brothers' favorite hometown haunt, from which 1984's superior Nevillization is culled, this ten-song sequel suffers from some post-show overdubbing and over-heightened audience effects. And the spirited group bonding/playing and stage comfort zone that was reached on Neville-ization just doesn't come through as strong here. But the band and song selection on Nevillization II/Live at Tipitina's are as nearly primed as they are on the first part (brother Cyril's "Wishin'" and the traditional "Little Liza Jane" are particularly good), making it a listenable follow-up, if not a totally necessary one. (Nevillization II/Live at Tipitina's was later released as part of the two-disc Live at Tipitina's (1982), which collected both Neville-ization albums and attempted to make them one. It works a little better in this setting.)

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