Mardi Gras Records releases Ultimate New Orleans Brass Second Line Funk! on vinyl, 10/7

Heads up collectors, DJs and music fans who love the warm sound of music on acetate! The local label released today this greatest hits collection featuring songs by the Rebirth Brass Band, the Treme Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, and others.

The album features a great lineup of songs, which will keep any party moving. It kicks off with Rebirth’s iconic 1987 classic, “Do Whatcha Wanna.” Rebirth contributes three more of their best-known tracks to the compilation: “Feel Like Funkin’ it Up,” “I Feel Like Bustin Loose,” and “Casanova.” The latter of these, a hard-driving cover of Cleveland-based R&B vocal group LeVert’s 1987 hit, which is a second line parade favorite.

Another highlight is a young Glen David Andrews’ vocals on “Rock With Me, Knock With Me.” This song came out on the Lil’ Rascals Brass Band’s classic 2001 album, Buck It Like a Horse.

Two other standout songs come from another classic brass band album. The New Birth Brass Band contribute “Who Dat Called Da Police,” a hip-hop inflected number that is the most contemporary-sounding cut on the record, and “Apache,” a song that comes into the tradition via the Sugarhill Gang’s 1982 cover of a 1960 British Invasion hit.

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There are other great tunes collected here and this compilation needs to be on every brass band lover’s turntable.

Our full review of Ultimate New Orleans Brass Second Line Funk! is here.

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