ARTIST: The Neville Brothers
TITLE: Fiyo on the Bayou
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Sitting in Limbo
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Brother John / Iko Iko
LINEUP: Art, Cyril, Charles, Aaron and Charmaine Neville with a bunch of New Orleans session musicans (including Art’s son Ivan).
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A better album from the Neville’s than their debut as a group.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Compared to the greatness of the Meters, to Aaron’s ballad work, and other projects the Nevilles have been associated with, this album still seems a bit of a letdown.
Yet, it’s joyous, and has room for old New Orleans standards (“Brother John / Iko Iko”), Aaron’s balladeering (“The Ten Commandments of Love” and “Mona Lisa”), and a cover of the Meters “Hey Pocky Way” and “Fire on the Bayou”.
What’s bothering me a bit is the way the horns are charted and produced – it seems too generic and sterile for me on some cuts. To me, the horns should have been looser and more in the groove. Here they just seem added on. That’s a downgrade – which is a shame because the underlying funk is there.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Meters released an album called Fire on the Bayou. If it worked once…
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Blame this on the horn charts, but it’s good for a quick funky fix.