Professor Longhair – Live On The Queen Mary (1978/2019) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Professor Longhair – Live On The Queen Mary (1978/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 34:27 minutes | 774 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog

Originally released in 1978 on Harvest Records, Professor Longhair’s Live on the Queen Mary documents a legendary performance from the Venus and Mars album release party thrown by Paul and Linda McCartney and Wings in 1975. Live on the Queen Mary was recorded March 24, 1975 on its titular cruise ship, while docked in Long Beach, California. Highlights include the rollicking “Mess Around,” the standards “Stagger Lee,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “I’m Movin’ On,” and Professor Longhair’s own hits “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and “Tipitina” about which Hugh Laurie writes, “Because that live version of Tipitina, oh sweet Lord. If the record had nothing else on it, it would still be a treasure beyond price.”

Professor Longhair a/k/a Henry Roeland “Roy” Byrd (December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980) was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was active in two distinct periods, first in the heyday of early rhythm and blues and later on during the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz surrounding the beginnings of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Professor Longhair’s influence was crucial to many of his fellow New Orleans musical legends, such as Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, all of whom were touched by his rumba, mambo, and calypso piano based blues sound.

Ask what was Paul and Linda McCartney’s most important contribution to music, and you just might get the answer — this album, which is also more exciting than anything Wings ever did. Professor Longhair’s first live recording came about at a March 24, 1975 party hosted by the McCartneys aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. It captures some of the excitement that Ahmet Ertegun and several lesser-known talent scouts found when they came upon Harry Roeland Byrd playing road houses around New Orleans in the late 1940s. Highlights include the rollicking “Mess Around,” and the standards “Stagger Lee,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “I’m Movin’ On,” and his hits “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and “Tipitina.” The lack of instrumental credits prevents one from praising the lead guitarist by name for his playing on “Everyday I Have the Blues” and “I’m Movin’ On,” but he and the rest of the band still do well backing this legend. ~ Bruce Eder

Tracklist:
01. Tell Me Pretty Baby (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
02. Mess Around (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
03. Everyday I Have The Blues (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
04. Tipitina (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
05. I’m Movin’ On (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
06. Mardi Gras In New Orleans (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
07. Cry To Me (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
08. Gone So Long (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)
09. Stagger Lee (Live On The Queen Mary, 1975)

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