Various Artists

New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1966-76

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Classic New Orleans soul incorporated the passion and urgency of gospel, the beat of R&B, and the uptown strut and sway of stride piano, as well as traces of second-line street parade bands and Latin-tinged jazz, into a potent and energetic stew. This set works well as an introduction to Emerald City soul, and also underscores the immense importance and influence of Allen Toussaint, who produced many of the tracks collected here, to the New Orleans pop and soul scene of the 1960s.

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