Category: The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers – Fiyo on the Bayou

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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.

The Neville Brothers – The Neville Brothers

ARTIST: The Neville Brothers R-2206968-1293611562.jpeg

TITLE: The Neville Brothers

YEAR RELEASED: 1978

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Washable Ink

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No

LINEUP: Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Cyril Neville + session players

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The first family of New Orleans funk and soul finally unites in one band, but unfortunately deliver an undercooked album.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, it’s a little bit disco, but “Dancing Jones” is a great opener, and gives you hope that the union of the Neville Brothers will add up to a fearsome unit.

The brothers can certainly sing well together, but the material isn’t that up to par and the performances sterile. The ballads that go to Aaron don’t use his angelic voice to its strengths.

I was expecting more, frankly, since later Neville Brothers albums cook with gas. This didn’t sell and they got dropped within a year. I can see why.

NOTES & MINUTAE: The band formed officially when the Meters broke up, freeing up Art and Cyril.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION:  No.

GRADE: C: A lot of this is going to be exiled. Don’t start here for an intro to the Nevilles.