Available exclusively in store on Saturday 23rd April 2022. Any/all remaining copies will be on sale online from 8pm on Friday 29th April.
Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul collects together the steady stream of amazing soul and funk singles issued by Betty Harris from 1964 to 1969, under the musical guidance of legendary composer, musician and producer extraordinaire Allen Toussaint, a collection which truly captures the heart and soul ofthe city of New Orleans during this era. Betty Harris’s powerful, fiery soulful vocals found a perfect accompaniment with theNew Orleans’ players that Toussaint put together to back her, which by the time ofher funk classic ‘There’s A Break In The Road’ were the legendary super-tight, superfunk New Orleans group The Meters. With the extraordinary song-writing skills of Allen Toussaint alongside the powerful,soaring, confident and emotive singer and the groove of The Meters, you have an unbeatable combination. That Harris never in fact lived in New Orleans (she flew infrom Florida for all her sessions with Toussaint’s local in-house players) seems almost an irrelevance, a geographical aside to the defining New Orleans sound captured on the recordings featured here.
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