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Neville Brothers — Congo Square
Album: Live On Planet Earth
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Released: 1994
Length: 4:55
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 nerd wrote:
This song..... is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. And I walked all the way upstairs just to say so. {#Tongue-out}
 
If I never hear this song again, in any of its permutations, it will be entirely too soon.


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This song..... is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. And I walked all the way upstairs just to say so. {#Tongue-out}
The "Live from Tipitina's" records are cool too, but hard to find. I think they were released in the late 80's. {#Bananasplit}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Couldn't possibly be Aaron Nevilles dog ear piercing, finger nail on chalkboard, piercing voice could it?{#Stop}
 
I like his voice, but all that extra carp he adds is really annoying. Just sing it man, it don't need all your 'stylings' piled on top of it.


The freaking Nevilles show up for another undeserved paycheck. . .



This song is soooo good for the ears... and the soul...

 
 dedawson wrote:
Sonny Landreth's version is infinitely better!  This is just flat out bad.
 
Totally agree - Landreth has a subtlety and a low-key intensity that sends chills up my spine.  The Neville Brothers have their place, but doing "Congo Square" seem sacreligious to me.  They should stick to collaborations with Linda Rondstadt.

"Take a lead from Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Sonny's version played yesterday, making me realize that this trumped up hollow show piece version is at once weak, overworked, and boring. . .

{#Yawn}

 Jamunca wrote:
I just really don't like this song. Don't really know why. It grates on me.
 

Couldn't possibly be Aaron Nevilles dog ear piercing, finger nail on chalkboard, piercing voice could it?{#Stop}

Sonny Landreth's version is infinitely better!  This is just flat out bad.
Pyro wrote:
I love N'awlins, too. Nothing like the smell of rotten seafood, urine and vomit in the French Quarter!!!
Yep, that's where we kept the tourists so they wouldn't crowd the good venues. There's a lot more to new Orleans than a stupid daiquiri bar in the hallowed old Absinthe House. Home is calling.

loop sax
horrible.
No swing,,lousy sound,drummer hittin the rim all the time,can only give it a nine !{#Drummer}


is this crap music day or what? god I have to turn this off and listen to something else for awhile.
 crockydile wrote:
That sax has got to go! Ugh. {#Stop}
 
Hmm. You should really go and tell them. Let us know how it turns out, okay?

 keller1 wrote:

What a groove these guys have.

My favorite version is still Sonny Landreth's live one, but this is more than worthy.


 
LOL.


 wafaa wrote:
Totally NEEDS MORE COWBELL   {#Drummer}
 
I ... I've got a cow bell!

Woooo Yeah! Great Boogie Down Music! :D
Does this song play every day on RP? Different versions... but I swear I've heard it every day for a few now...
That sax has got to go! Ugh. {#Stop}

What a groove these guys have.

My favorite version is still Sonny Landreth's live one, but this is more than worthy.


Totally NEEDS MORE COWBELL   {#Drummer}
I just really don't like this song. Don't really know why. It grates on me.
I obviously know nothing about anything, 'coz I like the drums AND the cowbells.    The sax I can live without, but overall, toe tappin' good times.  
Blah... Much better versions out there, seems the sax player forgot the rest of his notes and just run the same beat over and over.
Not dissing the brothers in general, but this is a 3.
fredriley wrote:
AARGGHH! Feckin' cow bells! {#Arghhh}

Apart from that it's a fine number. 6 from the Nottingham jury.



I should also mention, much of the cowbell is Aaron. . . YOU take it away from him (~_^)

bokey wrote:
Hey I hate drummers but I can deal with this.

Of course with Aaron, it's pretty much a given. I guess the persussionist could be chucking trashcans down some stairs and I'd be {#Yes}

although not overly tall, Aaron is an imposing fella.
It is true he was a knee breaker for the local toughs as well.
He got ripped off in his contracts, and longshoreman pay wasn't covering enough.

More cowbellissimo!
AARGGHH! Feckin' cow bells! {#Arghhh}

Apart from that it's a fine number. 6 from the Nottingham jury.

    Hey I hate drummers but I can deal with this.

 Of course with Aaron, it's pretty much a given. I guess the persussionist  could be chucking trashcans down some stairs and I'd be {#Yes}
dwpbike wrote:
sonny's cover is so much better on grant st
Actually, it's Sonny's song.
"Someone opened the front door and the sound wave about knocked me off my bike."
Vive la Nouvelle-Orleans!
sonny's cover is so much better on grant st
JazzFest is a-coming!
:eek:
ZOMG is this pushing my buttons right now. Time to blow the dust outta those Bose speakers. *cranks the vol with a maniacal cackle*
some really self indulgent solos... let the song sell itself!
AUGH! You're KILLIN' ME! I'm opening kayak.com ... don't make me buy tickets to New Orleans for JazzFest ... DON'T MAKE ME - (click) -- too late...
Alright, now you're just making me homesick. :dancingbanana:
cool :)
:yawn:
Nope...too overdone for me.
teadye wrote:
OK, but there are so many Neville Brothers songs that put this to shame it only makes me wish it was something else. Really doesn't do justice to the incredible pipes on Aaron.
Yes, no yodeling! :twisted:
teadye wrote:
OK, but there are so many Neville Brothers songs that put this to shame it only makes me wish it was something else. Really doesn't do justice to the incredible pipes on Aaron.
No kidding! This song is overplayed and NOT very representative of the best Nevilles' work.
TimeWaster wrote:
Saw these guys at JazzFest (the Sioux Falls one) a few years ago, and I was absolutely blown away. And Tower of Power played there that year as well. Holy crap.
once, I was out at night riding my bicycle, and I rode past the original Tipitina's(before the fake they had in the Warehouse District. . tis back at the old Tip's again). Someone opened the front door and the sound wave about knocked me off my bike. Tower Of Power had filled the stage and was playing like they were in an arena and the sound wasn't working. This is the real reason N.O. is sinking...the music was vibrating the ground and settling the city into the mud.
OK, but there are so many Neville Brothers songs that put this to shame it only makes me wish it was something else. Really doesn't do justice to the incredible pipes on Aaron.
I love Horatio Sanz on SNL...he does a hilarious impersonation of Aaron Neville.
Nice one... Btw: How many versions of this song do exist? Billions? :eek:
Personally, I like the Little Feat version better. :guitarist:
huebdoo wrote:
I want to hold Aaron down and grind that black orb off his head . . . to be honest I cant look at him without looking at his unborn twin on his eyebrow
Maybe it's like Sampsons hair. Nawlins is a funny place.
Saw these guys at JazzFest (the Sioux Falls one) a few years ago, and I was absolutely blown away. And Tower of Power played there that year as well. Holy crap.
Fun to listen to. Gotta love the drums.
iyermish wrote:
I prefer the Sonny Landreth version of this which is great on the iPod Shuffle when I'm doing mile repeats on the track! :bananasplit:
Let me quote and add a few bananas :bananajam: :dancingbanana: :drummer:
This qualifies as singing bass for Aaron
No sir, I don't like it.
I prefer the Sonny Landreth version of this which is great on the iPod Shuffle when I'm doing mile repeats on the track! :bananasplit: Oh and by the way, the "definition" of a "Good Musician" ... a person who knows how to play the Sax ... but doesn't. :lol:
huebdoo wrote:
I want to hold Aaron down and grind that black orb off his head ... to be honest I cant look at him without looking at his unborn twin on his eyebrow What did uncle buck say, "Here is a quarter... why dont you go downtown and find a rat to chew that thing off your face" Sorry I have to say it...love the music though
Fantastic rendition. The horns, especially the sax, give it the driving energy. Outstanding drum solo, too. The percussion overall is great.
If they are playing their drums in Congo Square, why is there so much SAX? ophone.
huebdoo wrote:
I want to hold Aaron down and grind that black orb off his head ... to be honest I cant look at him without looking at his unborn twin on his eyebrow What did uncle buck say, "Here is a quarter... why dont you go downtown and find a rat to chew that thing off your face" Sorry I have to say it...love the music though
:clap: :roflol:
Saw these guys a couple of years ago at the Monterey Jazz Festival - AMAZING. Although I don't usually like tenors, Aaron's voice that day was like a sweet cornet. Truly gorgeous! I was blown away as we all funked out together.
huebdoo wrote:
What did uncle buck say, "Here is a quarter... why dont you go downtown and find a rat to chew that thing off your face"
I believe the verb used was "gnaw" that thing off your face. :cheesygrin: Fabulous movie, by the way... one of my faves.
I want to hold Aaron down and grind that black orb off his head ... to be honest I cant look at him without looking at his unborn twin on his eyebrow What did uncle buck say, "Here is a quarter... why dont you go downtown and find a rat to chew that thing off your face" Sorry I have to say it...love the music though
iTuner wrote:
God I want to kill all saxomophones. Who the heck invented them?
Um, that would be Mr. Sax. (click here) BTW, I think this is the first time I've heard the Neville Bros. on RP. Let's have some more!
This is good, but I like Sonny Landreth's version better. This one smokes, but Sonny's burns it to the ground!! :daisy:
I can't stop thinking how the usual happy time in New Orleans is approaching and how it punctuates who and what isn't there any more. . . :redface: :redface: :sad: :sad: :skull: :sad: :redface: :sorry:
:sorry: :skull: :sorry:
iTuner wrote:
God I want to kill all saxomophones. Who the heck invented them? Could that repeating riff be more grating?
No. It could not.
Time to hit mute again.
God I want to kill all saxomophones. Who the heck invented them? Could that repeating riff be more grating?
SaintAwesome wrote:
Ok, that song was cool the first couple minutes. After that it got stupid.
Substitute "seconds" for "minutes" and I'll agree absolutely.
Ok, that song was cool the first couple minutes. After that it got stupid.
Could you just play this whole CD, please? :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Moon's full tonight. Play "Yellow Moon". If you don't. I will have to do so myself....
I add my thanks for the New Orleans sets, Bill. I can't get my mind around the magnitude of the loss, not only in New Orleans but across the whole region struck by Katrina. Music sooths where nothing else can.
loving the New Orleans set here -- helps keep some of the beauty and fun in mind amid all of the horrors. god speed to them.
:drummer: Thanks for the New Orleans music, Bill. We're thinking of all our friends from that area who have been displaced by Katarina and hoping for a quick rebound from its devastation.
This set is breaking my heart for the 1000th time in the last five days. The loss of New Orleans affects so many of us. Much of the chaos is bleeding over, some of it here in Baton Rouge. Please keep us all in your thoughts. p.s. Fats Domino was found yesterday after being missing in the Crescent City, don't think I can call it the Big Easy anymore.
Might be inundation but no kind of nothin's Goin' on down there Might be demolition but nothin' good is Goin' on down there It's a new time tradition when they shoot their Guns at night in Congo Square :fight: :skull: <-o<
:notworthy: :drummer: :notworthy:
Buzzardcheater wrote:
Man, that is SOME funky drum solo. uh huh. Dig it.
I think that was the best part--it really got me moving in my chair. :drummer:
This reminds me of the ending credits for Blues Brothers 2000, where all musicians/actors get a spotlight solo. neat! Pyro wrote:
P.S. I hate that mole, too.
What mole? I don't see anything abnormal.
wow, i really dislike the neville brothers.
wow this is getting a lot of airtime on RP....maybe back down a bit? I like it but the repetition is starting to wear it out...
Man, that is SOME funky drum solo. uh huh. Dig it.
I just heard this with another artist (can't remember - too many good times in the 80s). This song will never be the same since then. The Nevilles are a force to be reckoned with, though!
markrushon wrote:
I usually hear this stuff called Zydeco. And what I don't get about Zydeco is how there seems to be exactly ONE blueprint for all Zydeco songs to be recorded or performed. Very tough to distinguish one song from another in this genre, though these guys are probably just about the most well-known. I hope Aaron has saved up enough money at this point to have that eerily dangerous mole on his face removed soon. :puke:
Your feelings about Zydeco are like MY feelings on reggae. But, my guess is, there's something we're both missing.... P.S. I hate that mole, too.
newbaby wrote:
ahhhh....for a few minutes i'm back home in new orleans.......there's no place like it......
I love N'awlins, too. Nothing like the smell of rotten seafood, urine and vomit in the French Quarter!!! :lol:
ahhhh....for a few minutes i'm back home in new orleans.......there's no place like it......
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
if you can actually sit still thru this one something is very wrong with ya. :bounce:
On the phone, bouncing in my chair and not really listening to what my customer is saying. :bounce:
i'm homesick....i wanna go back home to new orleans
jpfueler wrote:
And remember.... most Types of music are derivatives of other types .
right. so it's funky zydeco but without accordian, which is really a melodian, that is definately not chromatic. got it. all these ingrediants look good, smell good and feel good. why argue? sounds like gumbo to me!
if you can actually sit still thru this one something is very wrong with ya. :bounce:
:bounce: Cajun / Zydeco (AMG)
Hairfarmer wrote:
Well thanks to Big Radio marketing, Nirvana is pop, now... but not when they actually exsisted. And you lost me with Charley Pride. I'm well aware of Charley Pride's work but that has about as much to do with the distancing of Nat King Cole from the Country genre as pointing out that Debbie Boone isn't a Hip Hop artist, but DJ Shadow is. :stupid: There is a similar "lilt" to Zydeco in this melodic hook of the song, but I've never heard any Zydeco get this funky. And trying to say something is "Zydeco without the accordian" is like calling a string quartet a percussion ensemble. "Zydeco" is the Arcadian(Cajun) name for a specific type of small Accordian(the kind you see many Zydeco artists play). It's where the name of the genre came from.
The reply from Businessgypsy was right on. And for the record, the "cajun accordian" is called a "melodian" and is distinguished from the accordian by it's tuning/scale. An accordian is chromatic, while a melodian is not. Zydeco can definitely contain a melodian, or not....
JokesandJokesandJokes wrote:
You really need an enema to get all these fancy words out of your system!! We are not impressed!
I'M impressed. The man (or woman) obviously knows his (or her) music.
Businessgypsy wrote:
... WTF? Zydeco is cajun for "snap beans". "Arcadian" refers to the ancient Greek region of Arcadia or its people, language, or culture (Maybe you meant "Acadian", but that ain't right, either. Politically displaced Acadians, maybe). Zydeco is NOT defined by accordians, and sure not the name of a cajun, or reed type, accordian (as opposed to a "piano" accordian). You want to hear Zydeco, listen to Zachary Richard, Wayne Toups, or Buckwheat Zydeco. Anyway, this ain't nothing but homegrown NOLA funk. You folks fight it out amongst yourselves, I'm headed to the Fest!
somebody was having fun with dictionary.com! everyone needs to have a sazerac and chill out.
Businessgypsy wrote:
... WTF? Zydeco is cajun for "snap beans". "Arcadian" refers to the ancient Greek region of Arcadia or its people, language, or culture (Maybe you meant "Acadian", but that ain't right, either. Politically displaced Acadians, maybe). Zydeco is NOT defined by accordians, and sure not the name of a cajun, or reed type, accordian (as opposed to a "piano" accordian). You want to hear Zydeco, listen to Zachary Richard, Wayne Toups, or Buckwheat Zydeco. Anyway, this ain't nothing but homegrown NOLA funk. You folks fight it out amongst yourselves, I'm headed to the Fest!
You really need an enema to get all these fancy words out of your system!! We are not impressed!
Hairfarmer wrote:
...And trying to say something is "Zydeco without the accordian" is like calling a string quartet a percussion ensemble. "Zydeco" is the Arcadian(Cajun) name for a specific type of small Accordian(the kind you see many Zydeco artists play). It's where the name of the genre came from.
... WTF? Zydeco is cajun for "snap beans". "Arcadian" refers to the ancient Greek region of Arcadia or its people, language, or culture (Maybe you meant "Acadian", but that ain't right, either. Politically displaced Acadians, maybe). Zydeco is NOT defined by accordians, and sure not the name of a cajun, or reed type, accordian (as opposed to a "piano" accordian). You want to hear Zydeco, listen to Zachary Richard, Wayne Toups, or Buckwheat Zydeco. Anyway, this ain't nothing but homegrown NOLA funk. You folks fight it out amongst yourselves, I'm headed to the Fest!
carp wrote:
I thought this was a bit flat as well. Sonny Landreft and the Goners does a great version of this song. I have not found any Sonny Landreft on this station. Great station btw, I am listening all the time, love it. Sonny Landreft and the Goners are the tour group with John Hiatt. I've had the good fortune to see Sonny alone and with John Hiatt.
There's a decent amount of Sonny's stuff on RP, though finding that out requires spelling Mr. Landreth's name correctly. 8-<
bluedot wrote:
nirvana IS pop. by my definition, anyway. and nkcole ain't country, but charley pride is. just like this song is zydeco. without the accordian.
Well thanks to Big Radio marketing, Nirvana is pop, now... but not when they actually exsisted. And you lost me with Charley Pride. I'm well aware of Charley Pride's work but that has about as much to do with the distancing of Nat King Cole from the Country genre as pointing out that Debbie Boone isn't a Hip Hop artist, but DJ Shadow is. :stupid: There is a similar "lilt" to Zydeco in this melodic hook of the song, but I've never heard any Zydeco get this funky. And trying to say something is "Zydeco without the accordian" is like calling a string quartet a percussion ensemble. "Zydeco" is the Arcadian(Cajun) name for a specific type of small Accordian(the kind you see many Zydeco artists play). It's where the name of the genre came from.
carp wrote:
I thought this was a bit flat as well. Sonny Landreft and the Goners does a great version of this song. I have not found any Sonny Landreft on this station. Great station btw, I am listening all the time, love it. Sonny Landreft and the Goners are the tour group with John Hiatt. I've had the good fortune to see Sonny alone and with John Hiatt.
I have found some Sonny here since my last post. Great :cowboy: now tell me where you hide jonny lang. going to try and see him in Vail on the 1/27. hopeI hope I hope
I thought this was a bit flat as well. Sonny Landreft and the Goners does a great version of this song. I have not found any Sonny Landreft on this station. Great station btw, I am listening all the time, love it. Sonny Landreft and the Goners are the tour group with John Hiatt. I've had the good fortune to see Sonny alone and with John Hiatt.
Hairfarmer wrote:
If this is Zydeco than Nirvana is Pop. Oh and Nat King Cole is Country. :stupid: :tongue:
nirvana IS pop. by my definition, anyway. and nkcole ain't country, but charley pride is. just like this song is zydeco. without the accordian.
If this is Zydeco than Nirvana is Pop. Oh and Nat King Cole is Country. :stupid: I just can't see how anybody can genuinely think this is Zydeco, let alone trying to catagorize the Nevviles into any ONE musical style, there's just too many influences being pulled from all at once by this band to put them in a single-title AOR-friendly genre. That's part of what makes them so exxcellent, they refuse to be catagorized. Oh, yeah I almost forgot: Jacqe Mo Fina Aye! :tongue:
I usually hear this stuff called Zydeco. And what I don't get about Zydeco is how there seems to be exactly ONE blueprint for all Zydeco songs to be recorded or performed. Very tough to distinguish one song from another in this genre, though these guys are probably just about the most well-known. I hope Aaron has saved up enough money at this point to have that eerily dangerous mole on his face removed soon. :puke:
Holy cow is this bad. Congo Shite is more like it.
The Neville Bros at their best! :music: Is this a great country, or what?
Anything with a drum solo in it is ok with me. :)
Love that saxophone! :clap:
Nice toe-tapper! :clap:
Hearing this brought back memories of my trip to N\'Awlins this past May to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where the Neville\'s closed out the fest as is tradition... JazzFest is awesome - everyone needs to go, if not for the music alone, because the food is incredible!
This gets a 9 because of the drum solo alone.
Yup. That\'s the way (uh huh, uh huh) I like it!
Originally Posted by Leslie: I don't see how you can call this jazz. It's a combination of several types of music, blues, jazz and cajun. Probably others that my ear does not discern, but certainly not just jazz.
What Rob is talking about is New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival...The Neviles are regulars there....along with other places here in N'awlins....and they don't have just jazz...Dave Mathews and Dr. John..Willy Nelson among others have played "the Fest". In fact...It ain't Jazz Fest without the Neville Brothers or Dr. John... They also do shows at night localy....Tippatina's is the old stomping ground for most N.O. bands And remember.... most Types of music are derivatives of other types PS...my favorite Neville song is Yellow Moon and I like Alot of the other Neville family's stuff too. Many talented members in that family.
Originally Posted by Leslie: I don't see how you can call this jazz. It's a combination of several types of music, blues, jazz and cajun. Probably others that my ear does not discern, but certainly not just jazz.
What she said. But I dig it very much.
I can dig the roots! Real drums, too!